A Paid Holiday To Enhance Polling Rates

Almost 300 private firms in the U.S. are offering a day’s off on November 8 to counter the long lost decline in voting rates. The policy was endorsed by Jim Pugh, founder of Share Progress, a political data firm and many others. He also stated that this policy has the potential to create pressure for more companies to offer a paid holiday. With many companies making it a norm in the corporate space, civic-corporate behavior can be enhanced by several folds. Some of the companies which have endorsed this policy to improve polling rates include Spotify, About.com and the Wikimedia Foundation.

As per the scholarly views of William Galston, a researcher at the Brookings Institution, reasons for low polling rates can be attributed to the apathy of the voter. Ethical disciplinarians tend to cast their vote more often. A steep falling rate of voters fundamentally contributes to a polarized politics in the U.S. Ex-Google employee Hunter Walk, urged companies to offer a day’s holiday through a series of tweets. Within a few hours’ time, the interwoven communities of Silicon Valley had agreed to offer a day’s off. Such coordinated efforts of the corporate space can help providing a reformation to the American democracy functions.

Hunter Walk involved himself into monitoring the number of companies that offered a paid holiday to its workers using a Google spreadsheet. He found more people contributing to the cause. The number of companies that endorsed the policy rapidly rose from 50 to 277. Former presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford recommended that Election Day should be made a national holiday attract Americans to vote. The impact of offering a paid holiday on election day remains unclear as of now. But this move amongst the corporate arena is considered positive and is expected to bring a small increase in the polling rates.