For Immediate Release
March 23, 2022
Amanda Kliegl, VP of PR
PRINTING United Alliance
In an effort to raise awareness about the severe paper supply shortage, state and local officials and leaders in paper and printing met in Washington to discuss issues affecting the industry, particularly ballot paper availability for upcoming elections
Fairfax, Virginia — Last week, PRINTING United Alliance, the most comprehensive member-based printing and graphic arts association in the U.S., met with key government stakeholders and printing and paper industry leaders in Washington to raise awareness of — and work to alleviate — paper shortages and supply chain challenges, especially in light of upcoming elections and printed ballot supply availability. To further address and track updates to the constantly changing landscape of supply chain issues, PRINTING United Alliance has also launched a dedicated Supply Chain Resource Channel, which is located at printing.org/library/supply-chain-resources.
Special Roundtable Discussion
With the Alliance having written to the Committee on House Administration several weeks prior, the roundtable discussion was convened by the committee’s ranking member Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), who has broad oversight and jurisdiction over federal elections. Attended by leaders across the paper and printing industries, election vendors, state and local elections officials, industry groups, and the Election Assistance Commission, the discussion explored the implications of restricted paper supplies on the upcoming midterm elections.
“As states prepare for upcoming elections, the last thing election officials should have to worry about is a paper supply shortage impacting ballots and envelopes,” says Davis. “Unfortunately, this is a complex issue, and likely does not have an immediate solution. That’s why it’s critical to bring together key stakeholders and industry leaders as we work toward identifying solutions to ensure every eligible American is able to exercise their right to vote.”
The objective of the roundtable was to bring to light the challenges the printing industry is facing, most directly to the standpoint of assuring availability of paper needed for electoral ballots, but also to expose the widespread effects on business operations throughout the industry supply chain, and explore potential actions to lessen those constraints.
“The Alliance is raising the profile of the printing industry and the special challenges and constraints it faces due to far-reaching supply chain issues,” says Ford Bowers, CEO, PRINTING United Alliance. “Printing is an essential industry, and nothing highlights its essential nature more than the fact that, without printing, faith in our democratic process and elections are at risk. The conversation that took place during this special roundtable was a good first step in putting this issue in front of key stakeholders who have the ability to influence necessary legislative remedies and change.”
A second meeting will be set at a later date to discuss updates and any remedies or action being planned.
PRINTING United Alliance Supply Chain Resource Channel
To further support businesses in the industry looking to learn more about supply chain issues and updates, PRINTING United Alliance launched the Supply Chain Resource Channel, a centralized hub for companies to easily navigate the latest news and insights. Updated frequently, the channel is located at printing.org/library/supply-chain-resources.
Join PRINTING United Alliance and Help Support the Industry
For more information about how to join PRINTING United Alliance to learn how to further engage in discussions that help raise awareness of key industry issues like the supply chain and paper shortages, visit printing.org/join.
About PRINTING United Alliance
PRINTING United Alliance is the most comprehensive member-based printing and graphic arts association in the United States, comprised of the vast communities which it represents. The Alliance serves industry professionals across market segments with preeminent education, training, workshops, events, research, government and legislative representation, safety, and environmental sustainability guidance, as well as resources from the leading media company in the industry – NAPCO Media. Now a division of PRINTING United Alliance, Idealliance is the global leader in standards training and certification for printing and graphic arts operations across the entire industry supply chain.
PRINTING United Alliance also produces the PRINTING United Expo, the most influential days in printing. The expansive display of technology and supplies, education, programming, and services are showcased to the industry at large, and represents all market segments in one easily accessed place.