TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – U.S. Consultant Marcy Kaptur and Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz have referred to as on companies in Toledo to supply paid day without work for staff on Election Day to vote and volunteer as ballot staff.
They’re additionally asking for companies to assist educate staff about voting alternatives, like early voting choices, hours and areas, in addition to alternatives to volunteer at polling locations.
“Voting is our most sacred proper and duty in America and companies massive and small play an outsized position in whether or not their staff are capable of solid a poll,” Rep. Kaptur stated in a press launch.
“We hope companies will assist educate their staff about alternatives to vote and volunteer main as much as and through November third. Not having paid depart to vote is likely one of the main causes working folks don’t take part in elections. Enterprise leaders can play an essential position in guaranteeing their staff’ voices are heard and mirrored of their authorities.”
Pricey Native Enterprise Chief:
We write at this time in search of your assist to make sure a secure, safe, and accessible November election within the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. When the coronavirus struck, we noticed the Toledo group come collectively like by no means earlier than in current reminiscence. Neighbors checked in on each other, companies took steps to guard their prospects and staff, and healthcare staff mobilized to take care of the sick and dying.
As our nation, and most significantly our households, proceed to wrestle by way of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s comprehensible why many haven’t been capable of concentrate on civic engagement. Because of this, many individuals haven’t had the flexibility to vote-by-mail or vote early in individual. As Election Day swiftly approaches, we’re once more asking on your assist to make sure your staff and people in our group are capable of train their most sacred proper: the proper to vote:
There are a number of steps we’re asking you’re taking to make sure each eligible individual is ready to do solid a poll:
1. Will you supply your staff paid day without work on November 3 to vote or function ballot staff?
Initially, we ask that you just please supply paid day without work to your staff so they might vote. Not having paid day without work to vote is likely one of the main causes People don’t take part in elections. By taking this easy step, residents who would in any other case not take part within the election could have the chance to make their voices heard.
Many firms already supply a half or full time without work to vote, Starbucks, Walmart, Apple, Coca-Cola, Cisco, PayPal, Uber, and lots of others. As a reminder, Ohio Revised Code 3599.06 requires all firms present a minimum of a “affordable period of time to vote on Election Day.”
Moreover, the Lucas County Board of Elections depends on volunteers to run polling areas throughout the county. This yr, we face a big scarcity of volunteers on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, which suggests there will likely be fewer in-person voting websites obtainable, that means longer wait instances for all in-person voters.
Chances are you’ll remember that Ohio Revised Code 3599.06 already requires companies to permit staff to function election officers on Election Day. Nonetheless, we’re asking you to go even additional by providing paid day without work and even recruiting members of your workforce to volunteer on the polls.
2. Will you share nonpartisan instructional supplies together with your staff?
Such supplies would come from the Lucas County Board of Elections and nonpartisan teams just like the League of Girls Voters. They might give directions on numerous methods to vote (early in-person, early by mail, and Election Day in-person). We might ask you to speak the early voting choices, hours, and placement.
Voting is our most sacred proper and guaranteeing its free and honest train is our civic responsibility.
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