Nearly 60% of voting-eligible Americans did not vote in the 2014 midterm elections.

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

Your company can make the difference.

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


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 company policy? What are the legal requirements in your state(s)?

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.

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

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

I want our team to vote. Time off will help.”
— Steve Hafner, CEO, KAYAK


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

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 and making Election Day an official company holiday at - and we hope to be joined by the many other companies we know believe in the importance of civic participation.”
— Ben Rattray, CEO,