Election Day 2020 is a few weeks away, and early voting in some parts of the country has already begun. In addition to the widely covered presidential race, there are many important state and local races on the ballot. As part of our effort to build a smarter, more connected world, we are once again asking employees to do their civic duty and vote.
Throughout our company history, we have encouraged employees to get involved in their communities. In addition to volunteering, serving on boards, and donating to nonprofit organizations, voting is a crucial way to make an impact and ensure better representation and support for key community issues. To encourage employees to take time to vote, this year we are giving all U.S. employees a paid day off on November 3rd. As always, we recommend employees beat the rush and vote early, if they are able. Because there is an expected shortage due to the COVID-19 pandemic, employees who vote early and feel comfortable doing so may consider using the day off to serve as a poll worker. For our employees who aren’t U.S. citizens, and therefore aren’t able to vote or work the polls, we are asking them to help spread the word about voting to their friends and families.
We know it is our responsibility to be informed, engaged public citizens. In addition to sending voting reminders to employees, we are offering a range of info sessions about the issues that they’ll see on the ballot. At our Austin headquarters, we are hosting virtual sessions with Capital Metro to discuss the Austin transportation bond and Move Texas to share information about statewide races and how to get involved. We’ve compiled a list of resources on our intranet for each of our U.S. sites including voter registration deadlines, early voting dates, polling locations and more. To make it fun and connect with each other internally, we’re also promoting a #getoutthevote campaign on our internal social media channel where employees can share photos of themselves with their “I Voted” stickers.
It is up to all of us to keep our democracy alive by being actively engaged citizens. We are proud to do the right thing and encourage our team to #getoutthevote.
You're invited to attend the upcoming I've Registered to Vote, Now What? webinar hosted by MOVE Texas, Notley Tide & Silicon Labs on October 7th. Topics include:
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