Ask Your Company to Make Election Day a Holiday

  • Week of January 7, 2018

The United States ranks 138th of 172 nations in voter turnout. About 47.7% Americans have voted on average since 1945. Unlike many countries, election day is not a federal holiday in the US. Heck, there isn’t even a federal law requiring employers to allow employees time off to vote! While the majority of states have some protection for employees, the laws vary by state and often defer to employers. But there’s good news--corporate leadership, which impressed us in 2017 as companies stood up against the Muslim Ban and for the Paris Climate Agreement, is focused on increasing voter turnout in 2018. That’s right, a growing number of companies are voluntarily encouraging their employees to vote by making Tuesday, November 6th a company holiday. As employees, we have more leverage that we appreciate. All-of-us must work for democracy by convincing our employers to make election day a holiday.

Here’s how:

  1. Get educated on what your state’s laws are here.

  2. If you work for a company, ask your employer to make election day a company holiday and share these resources from with your HR department/company leadership.

  3. If your company isn’t willing to give employees election day off, don’t stop there. Convince your company to encourage employees to take time to vote on election day.