Why not skip the line this coming Election Day?
As part of our efforts to drive voter turnout for 2020 elections, Levi Strauss & Co. is supporting a new holiday – Vote Early Day.
We join a national group of partners representing media companies, nonprofits, technology platforms, election administrators, foundations, influencers, and other businesses for Vote Early Day, set for October 24th when the largest number of states offer in-person early voting options. It is the first holiday designed to help all eligible voters learn about their voting options and celebrate the act of voting early.
“Our election processes can be intimidating to any voter, but especially first-time voters,” said Clarissa Unger, director of the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition, am LS&Co. grantee. “We are excited to serve on the Vote Early Day Steering Committee to help invite all voters, particularly first-time voters and student voters, into our democratic process by ensuring they know what voting options are available to them and feel comfortable and confident exercising their right.”
We are at a tipping point on early voting. In the 1992 presidential election, for example, only about 7 percent of voters voted early. In the 2016 presidential election, 40 percent did. When Americans vote early, they ensure that last-minute problems (like not having time to vote) will not prevent them from casting ballots – and will help to shorten voting lines on Election Day for everyone.
For those unable to vote early that day, the holiday hits when there’s still enough time to request an absentee ballot and fill it out before Election Day. It’s also two days after the last presidential debate.
LS&Co.’s support of Vote Early Day aligns with our broader plan designed to empower employees and the communities where we live and work in the U.S. to get registered, get educated on the issues, get involved– and of course, get out and vote. The earlier, the better.