Frequently asked questions
Here are a few quick answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
Is a full day necessary?
There are plenty of ways to get involved, even if a full day isn't in the cards.
Companies may consider adding a floating holiday, swapping with an existing holiday like Columbus Day or Presidents Day, half days or shortened hours, allowing employees to apply volunteer hours, or providing a couple of paid hours to vote on Election Day. Companies with flexible policies already may choose to make Election Day a no-meeting day, to relieve the pressure from individual worker-management relationships. Ultimately, there are many ways companies can lessen barriers so that no American needs to choose between working and voting. We're happy to help you find one.
We're in and we want to go even bigger. What should we do?
We like your enthusiasm. Here are some additional things your company can do:
- Encourage your customers to vote.
- Challenge other companies to give their employees paid time off to vote.
- Dedicate your storefront (if you have one) to encouraging people to vote.
- Contact us, and we'll work together to grow your employee engagement program.
What abut making it a national holiday?
In 241 years, the federal government has never passed legislation to make Election Day a holiday. Moreover, private employers are not required to observe national holidays. That means millions of Americans could easily miss out on the benefits from a federal holiday. Businesses have a powerful opportunity to step in.
Is this just for 2018? Is this a partisan project?
This project is not about any one election, party, or idea. It's about the cornerstone of our democracy, and we're in it for the long haul.