The countdown is over. The only thing left for us to do is compel citizens to vote and make their voices heard. However, we realize it is not as simple as that. As we have explored these past 21 days, there are still many barriers Americans face in exercising their constitutional right to vote.
In 2018, the New York Times cited a survey done by the United States Census Bureau, which found that of about 19 million registered voters who did not vote in the 2016 general election, 14.3 percent — about 2.7 million people — cited busy schedules as a main reason. And although the reports continue to come in of potentially record-breaking voter turnout in this election, it is disheartening to think of the votes that will not be cast in this critical election based on an unforgiving work schedule.
While the debate is open as to whether it is the responsibility of the federal government, state legislatures, or private companies to give people time off from work on Election Day, Interaction Traction has made our decision. We know that not everyone in this country has the same reality when it comes to exercising their right to vote. That is why we feel it is especially important that we, as a company, put our money where our mouth is and lead by example in giving our employees the day off.
For those who have already cast their ballot, either by early voting or by mail; thank you for using your voice. It is through our voices and our votes that we will impact change. For those who are going to the polls today; we hope that you were able to make the necessary arrangements so that you could cast your vote with pride and be in the moment, to focus on what your ballot counts for. It is absolutely essential that every American has the same access and ability to exercise their right to vote. Let us all take the time to reflect on what today means. We will be back in the office, ready to build a more equitable world, tomorrow. We hope you will join us!