Let’s face it: a Tuesday, in the middle of a work week, isn’t the best idea for an Election Day. It was actually established in 1845 based on the lull in the planting season, since most voters at that time were farmers. Talk about an idea that needs changing. That's why we decided to make a small adjustment to help, by swapping out one of our current holidays so the office can have Election Day off. Please join us in this small change to help make a big impact.
If you absolutely cannot close or get Election Day off, there are still other options to Let Workers Vote.
“The vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have.”
Though we still think allowing all to have Election Day off is of the utmost importance in future years, as of now we completely support the movements to expand voting by mail. We know there’s been a lot going on in the news about that but you can find your state's voting policies here.
Your state may allow you to vote during a designated early voting period, instead of waiting in line on Election Day or worrying about the mail. It’s worth noting that you do not need an excuse to vote early (per usa.gov/absentee-voting). You can just show up and cast your vote. See if you can vote early in your state.
This is a long-term plan as there simply isn’t enough time for the change to be in effect this year. Even though this is the case, you can (and should-please!) contact your congressional representative and let them know you want them to act on making Election Day a national holiday. Click on the name of your representative, which will take you to their page offering options on how to contact them.
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
We agree. But there are several holidays we could change or combine. What better way to honor past Presidents than making President’s Day, and Election Day, one and the same? Wouldn’t it be a great way to honor Veterans? The point is, Election Day is the most important day in our democracy. Let’s find a way.
We don’t expect those businesses that can’t, to participate in this day off. Giving employees a half day, or flexible lunch hours and end times can also help. Whatever you can do to let your employees vote will be helpful.
Many polling stations are run by senior citizen volunteers. With the onset of COVID-19, many of them will not want to come out and help which could make wait times worse. If you or your employees are taking the day off to vote, please consider also working at your local polling station for the day. You could even get creative with some fun rewards for employees that do. Contact your local Board of Elections to find out how you or your employees can volunteer.