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Are You Election Ready? A Record Number of Employers Give Time to Vote

Forty-four percent of U.S. employers offer their workers paid time off to vote, and for good reason.[1] Giving employees time to vote demonstrates a commitment to our most important civic duty and aligns corporate brands with customer values.

Did you know?

  • 1 in 7 nonvoters in the 2016 general election didn’t vote because they were too busy or had a schedule conflict[2]
  • 70% Americans agree that high voter turnout is very important in presidential elections[3]
  • 79% consumers believe companies should take action on political and social issues[4]
  • 87% consumers believe companies have the power to influence change[4]

The majority of U.S. states currently have voter-leave laws. These mandates often require between one and four hours to vote and have conditions, such as requesting time in advance or not having the ability to vote outside of work hours. A company-wide policy provides continuity and equitable access to voting across a large employer’s workforce. What’s more, 69% of employees granted time off to vote report a strong desire to work for their company a year from now, compared to 48% who don’t have the same flexibility.[5]

Employers can give time to vote in variety of ways from offering flexible work arrangements or vote leave to designating Election Day a holiday. The right practice your company will be unique to the needs and priorities of your employees, customers and shareholders, in addition to legal requirements.

In 2020, the Business Group will release a brief deliverable on Time to Vote, and we need your help to feature employer policies, programs, practices and tips.

Click Here to Share How Your Company Supports Voting

The Time to Vote deliverable will only be available to Business Group members. If you’re interested in creating a voter-friendly workplace, sign up here to receive the publication.