Stephen Maturen/Getty ImagesAn election judge directs voters outside a polling place in the Pearl Park Recreation Centre on August 11, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- American tech firms are trying to make it easier for their employees to get involved in the political process on Election Day.
- Retail companies have led the way in getting employees more involved in the election, with hundreds of major firms instituting new policies in order to encourage their workers to vote, or to help out at their local polling places.
- Now, Twitter and Salesforce are giving their employees Election Day off in order to vote. Companies like Apple and Facebook encouraged employees to volunteer to be poll workers.
- Several tech firms have joined a movement called “Time To Vote,” which aims to give US workers more flexibility to cast their ballots on Election Day.
- Here’s how major tech companies are changing their policies around Election Day.
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Salesforce will give all employees the day off in order to vote. “The best policy is not time-bound but will take into account the unique challenges facing voters this election cycle,” Benioff tweeted. “Tell your CEO to give Election Day off to vote.”
Source: Marc Benioff/Twitter
Apple announced internally that it would give its hourly workers four hours of paid time off on Election Day in order to vote. Apple also told staff they could use that time to volunteer as an election worker. It’s unclear whether the same policy applies to Apple’s salaried employees.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced last month that employees may take the day off to work at polling places on Election Day.
Source: Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook
Twitter announced in June that it would make Election Day in the US a company holiday going forward, and that its global employees will also get the day off to vote in national elections. Twitter is one of dozens of high-profile companies that has signed onto the “Time To Vote” movement.
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Uber is giving employees the day off as part of a broader “Get Out the Vote” effort. The company will also help transport voters to the polls and provide links to register to vote or request a mail-in ballot through its apps.
Verizon is giving its US workers four hours of paid time off to vote on Election Day.
GitHub is encouraging its employees to take a half-day off to vote and to volunteer as poll workers. The company said it will give those volunteers $US250 to donate to a nonprofit of their choice.
Google, Etsy, PayPal, Dell, Lyft, Evite, and more are all supporting “Time To Vote.” You can see the full list of companies that have pledged their support on the organisation’s website.
Source: Time To Vote
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