Why do we face such a huge shortage
? Histories, poll workers skew older
. In werklikheid, Volgens die Amerikaanse. Election Assistance Commission
, more than half of poll workers in the
2018 general election were over the age of
60. This is the same demographic that is linked to a higher risk for Covid-19 — making the decision to volunteer a risky one for many in
At Old Navy, inclusivity and opportunity have always been part of our DNA. Met 50,000 employees in our stores across the country, we saw an opportunity, and a responsibility, to help. That’s why we are empowering our employees to get involved this Election Day, without the concern of missing a paycheck.
We partnered with the Civic Alliance
, a nonpartisan coalition of businesses engaged in civics
, en Power the Polls
, a nonpartisan initiative to recruit poll workers for a safe and fair election
, and will pay our store employees eight hours of time if they sign up and are selected to work the polls in their local area
For those who aren’t able to serve in this capacity, we are offering up to three hours of paid time off to vote. We are joined by our Gap Inc. portfolio brands Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta in this commitment to pay teams to work the polls as well as offer paid time to vote. For our teams in our headquarters offices, November 3 is a day with no meetings, so those employees can have the flexibility to participate in the voting process and serve at the polls, ook.
Our team members are energized and excited by the opportunity to participate in our democratic process and to support their voting rights, and the rights of so many other Americans.
I’m incredibly proud of how our employees are mobilizing, but the reality is, Old Navy alone will not be enough. We need other companies to join with us to meet this challenge.
That’s why I am asking other CEOs and business leaders to provide the same opportunity for their employees. I encourage organizations to partner with Power the Polls and make the commitment to pay their employees to serve as poll workers on November 3.
And I’m asking employees to speak up and ask their leaders what support their companies are providing for voting in this year’s election — whether it’s paid time off or flex time, work with your employer to make accommodations so you can exercise your right to vote and help others to do the same.