Why VividCortex Observes Election Day as a Holiday

Posted by Karen Bender on Nov 7, 2016 10:05:08 AM

In Abraham Lincoln’s words, the United States is a “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” Not a select few, not people in just one area of the country, not only wealthy and privileged people, but all people.It's therefore our duty and responsibility to elect the officials who represent us by casting our votes on Election Day.

Most states require employers to give employees at least two or three hours off to vote. Some states require paid time off; others do not. Twenty states and the District of Columbia do not have specific laws that require that workers be given time off, either paid or unpaid, to vote. Virginia, where VividCortex is headquartered, is one of those states. Although we have an open paid time off policy and employees can use that time to vote, we have decided to close our offices on Election Day. Why?

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To increase voter turnout. Historically, in a presidential election, voter turnout is less than 65%, while in a midterm election voter turnout is less than 50%. We want our employees to vote. In addition, giving our employees the day off can actually result in enfranchising more than just those individuals. Perhaps a neighbor needs a babysitter to watch the kids while they go to the polls. Perhaps elderly parents need assistance or transportation. Whatever the situation, we want to do our part to help increase voter turnout overall.

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To encourage participation in the electoral process. Electing the officials who run our country takes more than just casting a vote. We encourage our employees to participate and be fully engaged in the electoral process. Numerous volunteers are needed at the polls to:

  • Set up precincts for the election.
  • Check voters’ names off precinct lists.
  • Provide assistance and instructions for using the voting machines.
  • Tabulate the results at the close of the polls.
  • Clean up the polling place.

As you decide whether or not to go to the polling booth this November, remember that sixty-five thousand people died or were wounded in the American Revolution; women suffragettes were jailed before women across the country won the right to vote in 1920; and African Americans weren’t granted full voting rights until 1965.  Previous generations have fought bravely to change voting laws so everyone in the United States can have a say in how their government runs. Election Day is your opportunity to choose those who will represent you.

Make your voice heard. Cast your vote tomorrow.

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