Improving Turnout at the Polls

Many months ago, after my wife suggested it, we decided to give Lessonly employees the afternoon off on Election Day, November 6th. Here’s why:

  1. Turnout for American midterm elections is painfully low. In 2014, only 37% of eligible national voters showed up to vote. In Indiana, that number was even lower at 28%.
  2. We’re all busy. The demands of work and life often make it difficult for employees, especially those with children, to vote before or after work. With more time, the higher the likelihood is that everyone gets to the polls.

I know our approach might not be feasible for every business, but if you manage people and can afford to offer any sort of added flexibility on Election Day, I hope you do it.



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