Communicating Political, Voting, and Election Day Policies to Employees.
November 3 is shaping up to be one of the most chaotic elections in recent history. COVID-19 is complicating the logistics of the 2020 election in ways we have never seen before with mail-in voting, absentee ballots, and early voting. Americans on both sides of the aisle are growing concerned if our election will be free and fair, and three times as many voters expect it will be difficult to vote compared to 2018. In response, many companies have created new policies for their employees:
- An unprecedented number of companies are allowing paid time off for employees to vote—more than 700 corporations have signed the Time to Vote pledge to allocate time for their employees to vote during working hours.
- More than 70 companies and organizations, including Uber, Major League Baseball, and Starbucks, have partnered with Power the Polls, an initiative working to address the shortage of poll workers during the pandemic. As of early September, the initiative had signed up over 350,000 volunteer poll workers.
- In recent weeks, Facebook and Google have both taken action to moderate employee discussions on internal company message boards. The tech giants both instituted new policies on internal employee communications following a rise in “inflammatory conversations” about politics and social issues.