A Day for Democracy

A NON-partisan initiative, founded by CEOs, to encourage leaders across the U.S. to pledge to increase voter registration and participation of their employees.

“Voting is THE most powerful tool to affect change in our communities and in our Country. This election I hope that everyone cast their ballots and has their voice heard.”

Sam H. Kennedy

President & CEO
Boston Red Sox

“It’s up to you and I to not only keep people informed of what options are but to emphasize how their voice really matters.”

Linda Pizzuti Henry

Managing Director
The Boston Globe

“It’s essential that everyone have the opportunity, the time and the resources to get to the polls to be an active part of their relationship with the government.”

Laura R. Van Zandt

Executive Director
Reach Beyond Domestic Violence

“This is a great way to make sure that US employees have access to everything they need to vote. I encourage all CEO level executives across the country to join us.”

Mike Capone

CEO
QLIK

“We are proud to stand with the hundreds of companies that have signed the pledge with A Day for Democracy. I encourage you to join us. We can make a difference.”

Cathleen A. Schmidt

Executive Director & CEO
McLane Middleton

“It is imperative that lead is in the business Community Amplified a message that voting sustains our democracy.”

James Rooney

President & CEO
G. B. Chamber of Commerce

“Voting is the very foundation of our democracy. We are making everything to support our employees right to vote.”

Stuart W. Davidson

Partner
Willig, Williams & Davidson

“It is critical that as many citizens vote as possible to help ensure that this country moves forward in a way that reflects the vision and values of its people.”

Ned Eames

Founder & CEO
Tenacity

“This year our democracy and our freedoms are more important than ever. I encourage any companies watching this, who have not already signed on, to do so.”

Leslie G. Cohen

COO
Samuels & Associates

“I encourage all of our employees, team members, clients and all of you to please make sure that your voice is heard and please make sure this year to vote.”

Neil Khaund

CEO
Livius Tutoring

“We are giving employees a paid day of leave to encourage greater participation in our nation’s democracy. I hope other CEOs will join us.”

Robert K. Coughlin

President & CEO
MassBio

Be part of the change

Be part of the change

Join CEOs and leaders of organizations across America who are committing to take action to give employees time off to vote and/or to help employees register and access their right to vote in local, state and national elections on their terms – whether at polling locations or from the safety of their own home.

Together, let’s get the vote higher!

Give your employees time off to vote

Give your employees time off to vote. Encourage and assist your employees to register to vote and participate in elections.

Support your employees

Support your employees in the entire voting process – from registration and reminders about upcoming local, state and national elections to locating polling stations or facilitating voting by mail.

Make your commitment public

Encourage more CEOs and leaders of organizations to take the pledge.

400
COMPANIES SIGNED THE PLEDGE
1,797,806
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

Together we can make a difference

Join our growing list of members:

TAKE THE PLEDGE

The United States has one of the lowest voter participation rates of any democracy in the world. Less than 56% of the US voting age population cast ballots in the last presidential election, and even fewer voted in 2014.

US citizens face a unique set of challenges in 2020 and will need to commit to the voting process this year more than ever before. To start, voters should expect longer lines and wait times because of the pandemic. With fewer volunteers available to work, there will be fewer polling places open. In addition, the number of people in each polling place at one time will need to be reduced to limit the spread of the coronavirus

Please fill this form and we will get in touch with a link to our pledge card.

Join us!

Understand Voter Participation Where You Live

Using the latest publicly available data at the state and county level, A Day for Democracy – in partnership with our pledge participant, Qlik – has developed an interactive map that visualizes voter participation in the 2016 election at the state and county level. Click the map below to explore disparities in voter participation in your state and across the U.S.

  • Scroll up and down to zoom in and out around the cursor
  • Pan left and right by holding down the right mouse button and moving the mouse
  • See county-level detail by clicking on a state and clicking the green check mark in the upper right above the map.
  • Return to the state-level by click on the “x” in the “state” button in the upper left above the map.

Be informed on the economic issues

Voters need the facts to understand today’s important economic issues. One of our pledge participants, EconoFact, is a non-partisan publication designed to bring key facts and incisive analysis to the national debate on economic and social policies. The work of the country’s leading academic economists who belong to the EconoFact Network is presented in an accessible manner that helps voters make informed choices at the polls.  It is published by The Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Some of EconoFact’s recent memos include:

Or subscribe to the podcast series, EconoFact Chats, which covers topics like Immigration, Trade, Government Debt, Racism and Policing. One of their recent podcasts, entitled The Economy, COVID-19, and the 2020 Election, featured Binyamin Appelbaum of the New York Times, Scott Horsley of National Public Radio, Greg Ip of the Wall Street Journal and Heather Long of the Washington Post.

Support your employees

To support your employees in the voting process, we teamed up with TurboVote, a leading online service that aims to help individuals vote in every election – local, state and national.

To learn more, contact TurboVote and reference the A Day for Democracy campaign.

TurboVote offers:

During the signup process, TurboVote guides the user through registering to vote via their state’s online voter registration portal, where available, or via the paper-based National Voter Registration Form (NVRF).

Via TurboVote’s notifications, TurboVote guides users through the vote-by-mail process, including how to request a vote-by-mail (or absentee) ballot in states where a request is required.

Democracy Works keeps track of elections around the country at the federal, state, and local levels. Users can choose to receive reminders by email, text, or both, with all of the logistical information needed to successfully cast a ballot. TurboVote also sends notifications when election information changes. For example, messages to alert voters to COVID-related changes.

Help desk: Users can reply to any text or email from TurboVote to get in touch with its help desk, staffed by voting experts, who can answer their questions in English or Spanish.

Press & NEWS

 

PRESS RELEASE

Georgia Companies Join A Day for Democracy:

 

FIREFLY HEALTH

Massachusetts, October 2020

Firefly Health supports employees’ right to vote

 

HEARST TV

New Hampshire, October 2020

Business owners taking part in a Day for Democracy

 

UNION LEADER 2

New Hampshire, October 2020

Cathy Schmidt: Business leaders can increase voter turnout

 

PRESS RELEASE

Download A Day For Democracy Press Release here:

 

UNION LEADER 1

New Hampshire, October 2020

New Hampshire companies pledge to help employees vote

 

HARVARD

Boston, October 2020

Q+A with Peter Palandjian (MBA 1993)

 
 
 

MASS BIO

Boston, October 2020

Robert Coughlin joins A Day For Democracy

 

FISCHTANK PR

New York, October 22, 2020

FischTank PR Joins A Day for Democracy Initiative

 

PRESS RELEASE

Download A Day For Democracy Press Release here:

 

FINTECH

FINTECH ZOOM, SEPTEMBER 2020

Neighborhood Banks, Businesses Join Voting Coalition

 

BLUE CROSS

MASSACHUSETTS, SEPTEMBER 2020

Rx for democracy  |  Blue Cross Massachusets joins ADFD

 

Voter Resources

VOTER REGISTRATION

ABSENTEE BALLOTS

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VOLUNTEER TO BE A POLL WORKER

Voter Resources

VOTER REGISTRATION

ABSENTEE BALLOTS

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VOLUNTEER TO BE A POLL WORKER

Frequently Asked Questions

You are eligible to vote if:
  1. You are a US citizen
  2. You meet your state’s residency requirements
  3. You are 18 years old or older
To Vote By Mail
  • Download the National Mail Voter Registration Form (NMVRF) here: https://www.eac.gov/voters/national-mail-voter-registration-form
    • You can also find NMVRF and state voter registration forms at libraries, public schools, and city and county clerks’ offices. Please note that of these offices are still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Complete the form and submit it by mail according to the instructions. The NMVRF has a “State Instructions” section that lists the requirements for each state.
  • North Dakota, Wyoming, and the U.S. territories American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands do not accept the NMVRF. New Hampshire accepts the form only as a request for a state absentee voter mail-in registration form
Register to vote at:
  • State or local voter registration or election offices.
  • The Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • Public assistance agencies.
  • Armed services recruitment centers.
  • State-funded programs that serve people with disabilities.
Any public facility that a state has designated as a voter registration agency.
Once you’ve registered to vote, find your polling place here: https://www.vote.org/polling-place-locator/
To learn if your state offers online voter registration, contact your state or local election office. You can find your state or local election office website and contact information here: https://www.usa.gov/election-office
You can find out your state’s registration deadline here: https://www.vote.org/voter-registration-deadlines/
You may also contact your state or local election office to find out your state’s registration deadline. You can find your state or local election office website and contact information here: https://www.usa.gov/election-office
Many states have online tools where you can check your registration status. You can find out whether you are registered to vote here: https://www.vote.org/am-i-registered-to-vote/
If you registered by mail, you might have to show proof of identification the first time you vote. This proof of identification includes:
  1. A current and valid photo identification.
  2. A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and address.
You may not have to show proof of identification if:
  1. You provided copies of the proof of identification with your voter registration form.
  2. Your state or local election official matched the driver’s license number or Social Security information on your application with a Federal or state identification record bearing the same number, name, and date of birth.
  3. You are entitled by Federal law to vote by absentee ballot.
Some states might allow you to cast a ballot before election day at:
  1. A jurisdiction’s election office.
  2. Another designated polling place.
  3. A ballot drop site.
The chart here shows state-by-state rules on early voting: https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/early-voting-in-state-elections.aspx#Early%20Voting%20Law%20Table
If you cannot go to your polling place on election day, you may qualify to cast an absentee ballot.
Some states offer “no-excuse” absentee voting, which allows any eligible citizen to cast an absentee ballot.
Other states allow you to cast an absentee ballot only if you cannot vote at the polling place for a reason outlined in state law, such as illness or physical absence from the jurisdiction for a certain number of hours on election day.
States also have different deadlines for requesting and submitting absentee ballots. You can find your state’s deadlines here: https://www.vote.org/absentee-ballot-deadlines/
You are entitled by Federal law to vote by absentee ballot in Federal elections if you meet qualifications outlined in the Voting Rights Act, Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, and Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act.
You are assigned to a polling place based on the home address on your voter registration record.
Some states have ballot drop sites instead of polling places.
To find out the location of your polling place or ballot drop sites, you may visit this polling place locator: https://www.vote.org/polling-place-locator/
You may also contact your state or local election office to find out the location of your polling place or ballot drop sites. You can find your state or local election office website and contact information here: https://www.usa.gov/election-office
If your eligibility to vote in a Federal election is in question, you must be offered a provisional ballot at the polling place. The possible reasons you would receive a provisional ballot include:
  1. Your name does not appear on the official voter list at your polling place.
  2. Your eligibility is challenged in accordance with state law.
  3. You did not provide the required identification to register or at the polling place on election day.
  4. A court order requires provisional ballots.
  5. A court order extends polling place hours.
  6. State law mandates provisional ballots.
You have a right to cast a provisional ballot if you declare you are eligible and registered to vote in that jurisdiction. Your provisional ballot will be counted if the state or local election official later deter ­ mines that you were eligible and registered to vote under state law.
To register to vote or request a ballot as a member of the military or overseas citizen, use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).
  • The FPCA is available at fvap.gov
  • The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) Web portal offers a step-by-step guide to the voter registration process.
  • All states and territories accept the FPCA as a simultaneous application for registration and request for an absentee ballot.
  • Depending on your state of residence, return the completed FPCA by e-mail, fax, or mail.
  • Printed copies of the FPCA are available at U.S. embassies, military bases, and consular offices. Voting Assistance Officers at those sites can provide any in – formation or assistance you may need to complete the form.
You may also request the electronic transmission of blank voting materials.
Multiple federal laws require state and local governments ensure that people with disabilities have a full and equal opportunity to vote. For example, many polling places include:
  • Clearly marked parking spaces.
  • Entrances with ramps.
  • Well-marked routes and signage to voting locations.
  • Voting equipment that is accessible for individuals with disabilities, including the blind and visually impaired.
For a full list of U.S. laws protecting the rights of voters with disabilities, please visit: www.ada.gov/ada_voting/ada_voting_ta.htm
The Voting Rights Act requires some jurisdictions to provide voting materials in languages other than English. Other jurisdictions voluntarily offer such assistance. Language assistance may include:
  • Equipping polling places with ballots and voting instructions in other languages.
  • Staffing polling places with bilingual poll workers.
  • Providing voting information online in languages other than English.
Contact your state or local election office to learn more about language assistance in your area. You can find your state or local election office website and contact information here: https://www.usa.gov/election-office
Under Federal law, you may bring an individual to assist you in voting for reasons of:
  1. Blindness
  2. Disability
  3. Inability to read or write
Federal law prohibits you from receiving voting assistance from your employer or an agent of your employer, or from an officer or agent of the voter’s union. A poll worker can provide voting assistance to:
  1. First-time voters.
  2. Voters with disabilities.
  3. Voters at polling places with new voting equipment.
If you experience a problem at a polling place or with voting procedures in your jurisdiction, there are multiple options available to you. You may:
  1. Contact your state or local election office for information on complaint procedures. You can find your state or local election office website and contact information here: https://www.usa.gov/election-office
  2. Register a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice at (800) 253–3931 or email section@usdoj.gov
Election workers are essential to ensuring that elections are a success. With each election, millions of Americans dedicate themselves to sustaining the backbone of democracy – our election process. The U.S. Election Assistance Commission encourages those interested in becoming election workers at the polls on election day to learn more about what is required and how to sign up to work with your local election official.
Get started and find out if you are eligible. Go to the State Compendium of Election Worker Laws and Statutes for a list of requirements by state. Things to look for include:
  1. Whether you must be a registered voter in the state.
  2. Whether there is an age requirement.
  3. Whether there is a residency requirement.
  4. Whether a political party affiliation is required.
Then, sign up to be an Election Worker here: https://www.eac.gov/help-america-vote