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Sep 26

Good Citizenship is Good Business

By Maura FitzGerald

The midterm elections in November will be pivotal, and it has never been more important for all Americans to vote. In 2014, less than half of eligible voters went to the polls for the midterm elections. According to a 2014 Pew Research Center Study, people who don’t vote on Election Day claim that scheduling conflicts at work or school kept them from the polls.

That is why, here at Version 2.0 (and at a number of other businesses we have been reading about), we are going to do everything we can to encourage voter turnout. To demonstrate our belief that good business and good citizenship go hand in hand, we’ve joined the Time to Vote (#TimetoVote) campaign with more than 150 other companies nationwide. The brainchild of Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario, Time to Vote is a commitment to give employees the time they need to get to the polls on Election Day. The participating companies are taking a variety of steps to encourage employees to vote. Lyft is providing discounted rides to polling places. Patagonia is closing its offices and retail outlets for the day. Levi’s is providing employees with three to five hours off to get to their polling places.

The Time to Vote campaign is being supported by national print and broadcast ads. We hope you will join us by encouraging your eligible employees, friends and family members to vote in the midterms. If you’re not registered, do it now because deadlines are looming. Our government needs our involvement and the future depends on it.

Voter Resources

Not registered? Vote.gov offers step-by-step instructions to register in your state.

Unsure where to vote? Rock the Vote locates the nearest polling place to you, anywhere in the country.

First time voter? This video goes over the basic requirements to vote in the U.S.

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