Voting is important and should be made a priority by all eligible citizens, even on a work day!
Without citizen participation in elections, our government will not reflect the values of its people. As working professionals, the challenge of finding time to vote with your busy schedule is very real. Many employers value the power of voting and allow their employees to push away from their desks and vote on company time. Check in your employee handbook or ask your manager if your workplace has this policy.
If you can’t vote on company time, there are other opportunities for your voice to be heard on the November 6th mid-term election.
Wake Up Early
Are you a morning person? Do your other commitments leave you strapped for time throughout the day? Consider voting first thing in the morning. Most state’s polls open at 7 am, leaving you with enough time to cast your vote and arrive at the office on time.
Take a Mid-morning Coffee Break
Is your office located near a polling station? Take advantage of the convenient location and cast your ballot during the workday – with your employers' approval, of course. Mid-morning voting may lead to shortened wait times.
If you work in an industry that needs you on-site all day, utilize your lunch break to head the polls. Pro tip: make sure you pack a lunch!
Beat afternoon mental fog with a visit to the closest polling station. Breaking up the afternoon may boost productivity and will certainly help your voice be heard in this election.
If you have a jam-packed work schedule, consider voting after work. Poll hours vary by state and some by county. Research the hours of your local polls and commit to a time that best suits your schedule.
A large factor for finding time to vote on Tuesday, November 6 is to understand where the closest polling locations are to you. Use this website to locate nearby places. Do you pass a polling location on your way to work? It may make sense to wake up early and vote. Is the location the opposite way of afternoon traffic? Consider skipping the traffic and vote after work.
We hope you find time in your schedules to let your voice be heard this election!