Nearly 60% of voting-eligible Americans did not vote in our last midterm elections.

35% of the nonvoters said that scheduling conflicts with work or school kept them from getting to the polls.

Your company's holiday policy can make the difference.


It’s critical to us that our team knows how much we value their rights to participate on voting day.
— Jesse Genet, Lumi CEO

Companies giving their U.S. employees time off to vote

 

Now more than ever I reflect on our B Corp pledge to use business as a force for good. I see a growing responsibility for the private sector to drive change, believe in impact, and nurture our communities. In keeping with these values, I have decided to join a growing number of business leaders in granting our employees the day off on Election Day, November 6th, 2018 for the expressed purpose of driving civic engagement.”
— Rob Jordan, Idealist Consulting CEO

Get involved

Here's how:

1. Check in. Is your team made up of hourly workers, parents, remote employees? What barriers do they face in getting to the polls? What is your existing policy?

2. Pick your policy. Whether you're creating a new holiday, taking off the afternoon, or simply encouraging your employees to take a few hours from the workday to go vote, implement a policy that works for your company and its unique needs.

3. Get prepared. Add Election Day to the calendar and queue up a few messages to the team from leadership that will encourage employees to use their time to vote.

Empowering employees to vote on Election Day is simple and impactful. Now that's something to celebrate. 


As employers, we can help tackle the #1 reason people self-report not voting: that it “conflicts with work or school”.
— Justin Rosentein, Asana co-Founder

Mentions

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As a business, we have a unique ability to take a stand.”
— Rose Marcario, CEO Patagonia

In the news


Voting is essential to a healthy democracy, and we have always encouraged our employees to take the time they need to vote. This year, we’re taking a step further by joining ElectionDay.org and making Election Day an official company holiday at Change.org - and we hope to be joined by the many other companies we know believe in the importance of civic participation.”
— Ben Rattray, Change.org Founder & CEO