According to a comprehensive study from the Pew Research Center, most nonvoters say that they simply do not have time to vote due to work or school conflicts. 

Workday elections decrease turnout.

Here's how:



In 1845, before Florida, California, and Texas were states and slavery had been abolished, Congress needed to pick a time for Americans to vote. We were an agrarian society that required plenty of travel time on horses and buggies. With religious observances on Sundays and market tradings on Wednesdays, Tuesday was identified as the most convenient weekday for most Americans to vote... 173 years ago.



There's no federal law that governs time off to vote, and only twenty-three states require paid time off to vote. The following states don't have any voting leave laws on the books at all: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia.



Voting lines cost Americans $544 million in lost productivity and wages in 2012. That year, some American citizens waited 7 hours in line to vote, creating a kind of feedback loop for those less able to sacrifice their wages, who therefore stay away from polling places. One study estimated that long lines deterred at least 730,000 Americans from voting in November 2012.

Voting is one of the most important ways that we can participate in our government. Election Day isn’t a national holiday, and it isn’t easy for everyone to get to the polls outside of working hours. That’s why Etsy provides employees with the option to vote during working hours if they choose to help ensure their voices can be heard.”
— Raina Moskowitz, Etsy Senior VP of People, Strategy, and Member Services

Voter turnout in the United States is especially low. 


Compared to most other developed nations with democratically elected leadership, U.S. voter turnout rates are especially low. In fact, when the Pew Research Center studied the most recent nationwide elections for overall turnout, they determined that the U.S. placed 26th out of 32 member nations from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), most of whose members are highly developed, democratic states.

In the last mid-term election, turnout was dismal. Just 36.4 percent of the voting-eligible population cast ballots, according to the projection from the United States Elections Project. That's down from the 41 percent in 2010, and was the lowest turnout rate in 70 years.

According to a comprehensive study from the Pew Research Center, the single most common reason that nonvoters gave, and have given for decades, was that they simply did not have time to vote due to work or school conflicts. That's where you come in.

I am proud to stand with business leaders as we lead a movement to increase voter turnout. On Nov. 6, we will be providing all Bank of Southern California employees with paid time off to vote. I encourage other banks to follow. Together, we can make an impact.”
— Nathan Rogge, President and CEO Bank of Southern California