By: Colleen Vien, Sustainability Director of Timberland and NHBSR Board Member
Did you know that voter turnout in the U.S. is one of the lowest in the developed world? Shocking!!! Voting is the lifeblood of a democracy. It’s a hard-won right, a weighty responsibility and an incredible privilege that too often goes unclaimed in America. The more people who feel empowered to use their voice, the stronger this country will be. One of the most common reasons people give for not voting is that they’re too busy with the demands of work and life. Workers shouldn’t have to choose between earning a paycheck and voting.
Time to Vote is a nonpartisan effort that demonstrates the power of what the business community can achieve when it works to address one of the most significant issues of our time. Together, we can have an even greater impact.
Time to Vote Charter Statement:
Time to Vote is a business-led initiative that ensures employees across America don't have to choose between voting and earning a paycheck. It is:
The only commitment asked is for CEO’s to commit that they will make the time for employees to vote – how you do that is up to your organization. This can include providing voting information to employees; access to early voting or vote-by-mail options; declaring voting days as “no-meetings days”; and/or offering paid time off on Election Day – from a full day to a few hours, or a flex day. There is no “one approach fits all” here. We recognize that employers have their own restrictions and company guidelines that may dictate how they implement Time to Vote. Participants have the flexibility to implement the initiative as they best see fit for their employees – the key is making the time for employees, communicating it broadly, and encouraging them to take the Time to Vote!
Time to Vote is for companies that want to contribute to the culture shift needed to increase voter participation in our country’s elections. I call on all NHBSR member companies to consider joining this important movement. Currently there are 400+ companies that have signed on to this commitment. Our goal is to have more than 1,000 companies commit to Time to Vote. To learn more and sign up, visit www.maketimetovote.org.
You can also join the Time to Vote Webinar on February 6 to learn more and find out how to get involved.