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Secretaries of State Partner with Anheuser-Busch, PayPal, and Others to Provide Hand Sanitizer at Polling Places


Friday, October 30, 2020 – MONTGOMERY – Anheuser-Busch, in support of its “Brew Democracy” initiative, will be producing and donating more than eight million ounces of hand sanitizer to polling places across the country for the November 3 General Election. Alabama also received hand sanitizer through a donation made by PayPal.

44 of Alabama’s 67 counties requested a total of 1,579 gallons of hand sanitizer, which was received by the Secretary of State’s Office and then distributed among the counties ahead of the November Election.

“It is critical that counties are supplied with adequate sanitation supplies, personal protective equipment, and other items necessary to protect voters, poll workers, and others involved in the electoral process. With the support and cooperation of Congress, the National Association of Secretaries of State, the National Association of State Election Directors, and now Anheuser-Busch and PayPal, voters can confidently head to the polls on Election Day to cast their ballot in a safe and sanitary environment,” stated Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill.

“As a leading U.S. employer, Anheuser-Busch is committed to uniting our communities, strength­ening our democracy and encouraging even greater participation in the political process.  One part of this commitment is shifting our production capabilities to donate hand sanitizer so that election officials and voters throughout the country can take part in a safe election this fall.” said Cesar Vargas, Chief External Affairs Officer, Anheuser-Busch. 

Following the outbreak of COVID-19, Anheuser-Bush has since donated more than 500,000 bottles of hand sanitizer across the U.S.