If you don't like the results of this November's elections, you'll have no one to blame but your peers. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 43% of managers, professionals, and white-collar workers went to the polls in 1986. In terms of participation levels, business was outvoted by retirees, government workers, even the unemployed.

"When you look at how close certain elections are, it's hard to justify the low business turnout," says Dirk Van Dongen, president of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, who is helping organize a nonpartisan business voter-registration drive called Free Enterprise '88. To date, more than 1,900 companies and organizations have enlisted in the campaign.

-- Jay Finegan

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