November 3rd is Our Day for Democracy

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Decisions are made by those who show up.  That’s what President Truman told us 75 years ago, and it still rings true today.

But the reality Is that when it comes to elections, nearly 45% of American’s don’t show up.   Turnout in US elections remains one of the lowest for any democracy—one study showed the United States ranks 26th out of 32 nations studied for voter turnout.

I believe we have a responsibility as a company to do our part to change this. That’s why earlier this year, I signed the Day for Democracy Pledge.  A Day for Democracy is a group of CEOS and leaders across America who are committing to take action to give employees time off to vote and/or to help employees register and access their right to vote in local, state and national elections on their terms – whether at polling locations or from the safety of their own home.

But this is about more than just taking a pledge.  This is about taking action.  That’s why we’re asking our managers to cancel all internal meetings on Election Day and encouraging our clients to do the same.  We have also been asking our team to use the non-partisan site, www.turbovote.org to find information about voter registration, polling places and requesting mail in ballots.

Our support doesn’t end at voting. If any of our team members want to serve as a poll worker or hold a sign to support their candidate, we fully support that.

Decisions are made by those who show up.   Our team is going to show up.  I hope you will, too.

In a year with so much division, we can all agree on one thing—2020 has not been a typical year.  Well, we’re not a typical company.  And if you need any further evidence of that, check out my Day for Democracy video below.

 

 

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