Colorado companies making it easier for employees to vote with Time to Vote


More than 80 Colorado companies are encouraging their employees to vote by taking part in Time To Vote — a nonpartisan movement aimed at boosting voter participation in the U.S.

The 2020 general election saw record voter turnout, with more than 158.4 million Americans casting their ballots for Joe Biden, Donald Trump and other candidates, Pew Research Center reported.

More than 2,000 companies nationwide participate in Time To Vote, which can include providing employees with information about early voting or vote-by-mail options, extending paid time off to Election Day or barring meetings on Election Day. Launched in 2018, the movement also describes its approach as “flexible,” as “we know there’s not one fit for every company.”

For instance, Patagonia, a cofounder of Time To Vote, is closing its Denver and Boulder retail locations on Nov. 8 in a move that applies to all of its U.S. stores and offices.

“Colorado workers should not have to choose between earning a paycheck and casting a ballot, especially when our planet is in crisis and our democracy is under attack,” said CEO Ryan Gellert.

The outdoor clothing retailer is giving its employees paid time off on Election Day — a custom since 2016. Each Patagonia location sends at least one volunteer to serve as a poll worker, watcher or in another capacity, with paid time off.

Gellert pointed to Time To Vote’s popularity as “a sign the business community is serious about the right to vote.”


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