Orvis Joins Time to Vote to Increase Engagement in Our Democracy

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

87 thoughts on “Orvis Joins Time to Vote to Increase Engagement in Our Democracy”

  1. Thank you for your effort to help each and every one to perform their civic duty and VOTE. I also wish and hope you will endeavor to back our President in his effort to make and keep America great safe and secure. Their are very few in this great country able to endure the constant struggle he has had for over three years. With all our support America will have Mr. Trump back to grow America. Thank you.

    1. With all due respect, this president is no friend to the environment, and hence anyone who enjoys the outdoors and the recreational opportunities it provides would be foolhardy to cast their vote in his favor. With his complete disregard for climate change, racial justice and inclusivity, and the plight of the common man (and woman), Donald Trump has proven that he does not deserve a second term in office. So, yes, I applaud Orvis’ commitment to helping to get out the vote, but that said, I sincerely hope that all who do vote will keep this record in mind when they go to the polls.

      1. Well said Win Bowron. I don’t think our constitutional democracy will survive another four years of Trump and his den of thieves.

        1. are you discussing the gentleman that has created the best economy in america while giving tax breaks to the hard-working people throughout the country.

          maybe it’s time to educate yourself more about the great things this president has done then try to destroy this country at the hands of Biden and the socialists who are in bed with bernie sanders now

      2. Absolutely, with respect to the importance of voting your own conscience, I cannot find any legitimate basis to vote for Trump. The argument of voting against Biden does not legitimize voting for someone like Trump who has been so bad for the environment and America in general.

        1. Not true. Trump has expanded federal protections for our US natural resources. If you mean”global warming”, the say that and I’ll fix that for you as well.

          1. President Donald Trump by no means should be disgraced or spoken down upon. Personally am far from perfect. He is the epitome of our forefathers concept of passing the torch to carry. He may be offensive to some where personality is, but he’s never been about pomp and circumstance. The constitutional republic by democracy experiment worked for over 200 years. Lifetime politicians were never meant to be. No more than a two terms with pay of a stipend was quoted, by our forefathers. Davey Crockett served in the war of 1812, served in Congress, went on to fight in the Alamo!

      3. cut the BS Bowron .Do you really believe us puny humans can stop a volcano,a tsunami,a hurricane,a tornado . What happened a thousand years ago?I think the Vikings were farming Greenland.If you really think we can control the environment then start with controlling the sun. We sure as hell can reduce these wildfires by managing our forests better. Also we need to build better.Green roofs,big cisterns any time a large building goes up,big cisterns on any major development.It seems to me this should be a local responsibility.GET INVOLVED! We can f–k things up but in the end the environment will win

      4. FAKE NEWS: The Trump administration recently passed the largest environmental law to in USA history.  
        #1 Trump Signs Landmark Land Conservation Bill.  

        So yeah, TRUMP is the Biggest friend to the environment and our national parks!  

        Furthermore, what does racial injustice have to do with the environment or the great outdoors?  

        #2 Trump has done more for the African American community than nearly every president since Lincoln.  Lowest unemployment, highest home ownership and of course another LANDMARK Bill: First Steps Act and the largest funding bill for historically black colleges and universities.

        #3 “Inclusivity” – The Trump Administration has MORE woman and the highest-ranking openly gay official in US government history!  

        #4 “Plight of the common man” – Trump has the lowest unemployment for the middle class in US history, and is the first Republican president to turn “blue” states like Michigan and Pennsylvania and has record support from unions for the first time in 50 years!

        Now, I shall continue to shop online for outdoor gear whilst promoting our political agenda…I remember a time when companies, sports, etc. was about that and NOT politics. 

      5. I totally agree with Win. I suspect that many people who are posting are Fox and Friends watchers. They are not allowed to call themselves a news organization. It would be better for all concerned if they watched real news. A newspaper such as the New York Times must print accurately or they will be forced to retract the inaccuracy. Trump put someone who does not believe in climate change in charge of the EPA and pulled out of the Paris Agreement. It’s not that difficult to find facts if you actually want to find them.
        I also agree that our democracy will not survive another four years of this administration.
        Finally, I agree that Americans need to be given time to vote. I would consider election day to be a holiday.

      6. What you have stated here is absolutely untrue.

        Donald trump is absolutely in favor of preserving our water and our environment however he is not in favor of destroying our economy and our ability to earn a living.

        Orvis products are not inexpensive and if we go along with Biden with the green new deal there will be nothing left for us to enjoy.

        Time to wake up and do some research instead of buying into the propaganda

      7. Thank you for your response. I never believe anyone or what comes out of their mouth. I always do my own research so I can act accordingly & know the “Facts”. That said, this issue on climate change unfortunately is another fake news article. A well-known Scientist & 1 of 50 experts on this subject said 2 months ago. There is a change in the earth as it has happened many times over thousands of years. Planet earth must make changes to compensate mother earth. I did not say that the “expert said it”!!
        And here is another article along the same lines again stating climate change must happen as a normal process on the earth. After all, you, me, & all Orvis customers have helped play a role in destroying our planet & our nature! This has nothing to do with Politics. This Vote is about continuing to be Americans or turn it over to the Socialist.

  2. I am very pleased to learn of Orvis’s participation in the Time to Vote initiative and the excellent policies it promotes. Well done!

  3. Wonderful effort!! Let’s everyone support all efforts to increase voting. This is especially important in a election as significant as the 2020 Presidential and Congressional elections! Please VOTE–everyone! And please help others near you, if they need helping getting to the polls!

  4. What ever happened to the good ole days when Americans MADE time to fulfill their civic duty?. While I do appreciate Orvis’ intent, you expose a lazy population. Do your employees really all work 12 hour days? My husband was in the military for 37 years and voted absentee in every election out of necessity. His votes probably never counted. When he retired from the Navy in 05, we became Texas residents, where he was able to vote in person for the first time in his life. In spite of a second career, a 1.5 hr commute each way, he has never missed voting in person in any election, on election day, no matter how slim the window of opportunity. It is a sacred right he didnt get to experience until age 56. It is HIS privelege to exercise, not his employer’s. We are bending over backwards to accommodate and spoonfeed voters.

    1. Yea for your husband but sadly, voting is not as important to a lot of people but it is important to our democracy so if we can make it easier/more convenient for them to vote let’s do it. How about making national elections on Sunday or declare national Election Day a national holiday?

    2. You are so correct, Christine! Citizens have the obligation to get to the polls or vote absentee or vote by mail. If you don’t make the effort, then it wasn’t important enough. It’s on you and nobody else. Always has been and that’s the way it should be.

    3. Good morning, Christine.

      Thank you for stating such. You are 100% correct. Employer-driven “get out the vote” campaign are really left-leaning, not-so-thinly-veiled messaging to disrupt the status quo. Man, I wish companies – retailers and restaurants – made similar efforts in encouraging their employees to “resist” arbitrarily-established gubernatorial mandates that are destroying economies nationwide.

      Thank you.

    4. Very well said.
      The problem we have today is everyone wants everything free and it’s done on the backs of the hard-working taxpayers at the hands of the democrats who promote this destruction of our republic.

  5. The more voices that are heard, the more representative our democracy becomes. Thank you for making a sacrifice so your employees can all add their voices to help build the country we all want.

  6. I approve of your efforts to get people to vote in person. At age 88 I find this to be the most important election in my life time. No other president could have accomplished what he has done while being hounded by the liberal press. Forget the twitters and lack of expanded vocabulary and save our democracy.
    Vote Republican

  7. Prior to retiring, I was an Orvis vendor. When we did business, I came to know the Orvis management/employees to be sincere, honest people. I could always count on Orvis to do the right thing. Thank you for reaching out encouraging American voters to participate. No matter what political party with which one associates, it’s so important to participate. Kindly ignore the current rancor that some seem to thrive on and do your duty as an American.

    Thanks, again, Orvis!

    Michael Callahan

  8. As a fly fishing enthusiast, hiker and outdoorsperson who also worked for Orvis, I applaud my former employer for encouraging all to participate in our democracy. Thank you Orvis!

  9. As an orvis employee, I appreciate the fact that you are working with us so that we can vote, the posters that you have put up all over the building are amazing. I think this is such an important election that we must all get out and vote. Thank you for all the encouragement that you have given us.

  10. Isn’t it a DAMN shame that Orvis is merely trying to encourage people to vote and their efforts have immediately turned into a political debate. Shame on all of you!
    I’m disgusted.

    1. I totally agree. I have my opinion, but I want everyone to be able to express theirs. I cringe at the idea that we suppress someone’s vote.

  11. I have many friends who immigrated to this wonderful country for a “chance” at a better life, they knew that nothing was guaranteed to them. They left professional lives in marxist/socialist/communist countries to start over at the bottom rung to enjoy the freedoms that so many Americans do not understand and take for granted. They have worked hard, never asking for hand outs only a hand up. The idea of a real, honest and safe election was foreign to them. They are all naturalized citizens now, still hard working, productive and proud of their accomplishments. They are also very humble. I listen to them and their stories of persecution under unsympathetic governments and respect their views on what freedom means to them. They understand the true meaning of freedom and they vote, conservatively.

  12. Polls are open from 7am to 7 pm. Why open stores at noon? Why re arrange schedules? People who really want to vote will make sure that they do. Whether they vote early, by mail, or day of the election.

  13. What is wrong with you people?!?! I guess, as they say, no good deed goes unpunished. What Orvis is trying to do here is encourage people to get out and VOTE, regardless of your ideology or political affiliation. I applaud Orvis for giving time off to employees to do just that. We are all outdoorsmen/outdoorswomen here, why does everything have to turn into a partisan brawl? You should be ashamed of yourselves. I wouldn’t want to hunt, fish or shoot with you.

    1. What’s wrong with encouraging people to vote? Everything seems wrong to everyone nowadays, no one can do right without a party getting their panties in a bunch. That’s the America we live in, where if you choose to live life a certain way you get ridiculed or demeaned. You can’t even encourage people to vote I guess. If you are an extreme right or left then you aren’t for America, you are in it for your own political party and your own ass because not all Americans live the same life the same way. Not all Americans struggle with the same fights.
      Thank you Orvis, we appreciate the efforts to encourage people to vote IF THEY WANT TO VOTE.

  14. I believe that Orvis is more than a little hypocritical as it presents itself as a democracy and environmental advocate while doing the bulk of its sourcing and purchasing from countries which are the antithesis of democracy and free thought, and the most vile destroyers of the environment in the world.

  15. Sadly, both parties have become so polarized, so contentious and so shortsighted that they are strangling this country. Coupled with obvious media bias, it’s hard to know what to believe or who to trust. Vote your values, trust your instincts and God bless America.

  16. To my American friends,
    I believe the message was to go out and vote,clearly Orvis maintained a distance to which way your ballot should be cast . Be the nation you were known to be and simply do what you feel is the right move and not do mock each other, that in itself will keep the democratic process intact.
    Tight lines in the meantime.

  17. I go to ORVIS to shop, not here about politics and ridiculous dribble about partisan punch lines, and falsities.
    There are plenty of other places where folks can stress their opinions.

    1. So true about the spewing of political opinions in many of the comments here. I go to Orvis to shop and to be inspired (see Moments of Chill). Outdoor adventures are one of the best parts of being alive, and Orvis helps motivate me to pursue them.

  18. Man Does not the right to Destroy the Earth. REMEMBER that God owns the world. Chief Joseph wants Said The Earth doesn’t Belong to man.

  19. The other day Vice President Pence said, “President Trump and I have a (health care) plan.” So as less Americans are alive every day due to COVID-19, when that fictional plan is invented: presto, less people to cover! I assume most Orvis customers have good health coverage, but so many others, often family members, do not. As this pandemic continues to spread, as viruses mimic financial “compound interest”, we cannot endanger our lives and our children’s any longer. This President clearly doesn’t care, so we must! And really, he is NO dog lover.

  20. I guess Orvis has removed posts they did not like. Nice move, Mr. Perkins. While you are at it, please remove my name and electronic mail address from your records.

    Thank you.

    1. We removed comments that included profanity, personal attacks, and obvious falsehoods–all of which we do not allow. As you can see above, there are plenty of comments from all sides of the debate that didn’t violate our policies.

      1. Neither did my original comment, Phil, nor did the one (Christine) to which I was replying. I was, however, able to get both restored. And received an apology from Tanner K. at Orvis We Listen . An initial appearance made it seem that Orvis simply removed comments with which they disagreed or had engaged in a Dorseyesque censorship move. I am happy to learn that cooler, more reasoned heads prevailed.

  21. Thanks, Orvis, for leading by example and encouraging other employers/organizations to be more aware of ways to foster participation in the voting process. Your employees are fortunate to be a part of this effort – many working people are not so lucky.

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