In the last presidential election, in 2016, voter turnout was the lowest it had been in 20 years, with just over 58% of eligible Americans casting a ballot. That means that more than 40% never exercised their right to go to the polls. One of the most common reasons people give for not voting in the United States is that they are too busy with the demands of work and life. This year—because of the global pandemic and all the upheaval that has come with it—those demands and pressures may be ever greater.
At Orvis, we believe that voting is the key to a successful democracy, and Orvis is proud to join more than 1,400 American businesses that have committed to giving employees the time and tools they need to be active and engaged citizens. Time To Vote is a nonpartisan movement, led by the business community, to contribute to the culture shift needed to increase voter participation in our country’s elections.
As part of this effort to highlight the critical nature of the day, Orvis will support its associates in these ways:
- Make Tuesday, November 3rd a No Meeting Day;
- Provide voting information, such as polling locations, mail-in ballot cutoff dates, and so on;
- Open retail stores at noon to give associates time to vote first;
- Work with associates to make any time or schedule adjustments required to allow voting in person that day; and
- Pay any associate who works at the polls on Election Day or credit them with paid time off.
Working Americans should not have to choose between earning a paycheck and casting their ballot. To find resources that can help make it easier for you to exercise your right to vote, visit Vote.gov.