By Matt Kempner, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution #atlanta-ga
This year, more than ever, your boss wants to make it easier for you to vote.
It isn’t unusual for companies to encourage workers to go to the polls. But this election season, many are wading deeper into efforts to get out the vote amid massive challenges and societal angst.
Thousands of metro Atlantans who work for Coca-Cola or Mailchimp will get new paid holidays on Nov. 3, election day. Cox Enterprises, which owns The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, just added up to six hours of paid time off a year for its full-time employees to vote. Entities from Delta Air Lines to Home Depot and the Metro Atlanta Chamber are encouraging employees to volunteer as poll workers.
Companies are boosting efforts to share information internally and to the general public about voting deadlines and procedures and how to get an absentee ballot. They are offering access to sample ballots and ways to look up polling locations. Some, such as the Atlanta Falcons, which recently launched a Rise Up & Vote campaign through the national group Rock The Vote, are helping people check whether they are registered to vote.
The Atlanta Hawks have made State Farm Arena available as a voting precinct, part of the Hawks’ recent focus on voting rights after a company-wide discussion on race in early June.