Help your staff get out the vote

As a friend of Mossier, we know you are committed to human rights, which includes access to voting and the democratic process. Businesses have a role to play in order to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote!

Sharing the #proudtovote message means that you are reaffirming your business leadership commitment to the rights of LGBTQ humans and supporting the civic responsibility needed to ensure equity and access for all.

We’re in this together! Scroll down to check out assets we’ve pulled together to help you talk to your employer, your staff, and your colleagues. And let’s turn out voters like never before.

A statement to staff is absolutely key to your success. Key leaders — such as your CEO and head of HR — must make a statement that they are committed to increasing voter turnout—because when you are #proudtowork, you should also be #proudtovote.

Bring in support from your people and commit to changing how you handle elections in the workplace, which includes ensuring employees have a work schedule that allows them to vote and you encourage them to volunteer their time and efforts on Election Day.

Scroll down to find a toolkit of assets and strategies that make it easier to make a difference by Election Day. Choose the tools that work best for your team. We’ll also share insights and tools from other influential businesses signed up with #ProudToVote.

You can talk about elections at work.

You can talk about elections at work.

Yes, this time is challenging. Yes, we get it, your to-do list feels impossible. But it is imperative we stand together as a business community to live up to the D&I pledges we’ve made for our respective employees. We know you can do this.

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PROUD TO VOTE TOOLKIT

We assembled a toolkit with assets and strategies to make it easier to make a difference by Election Day. Choose the tools that work best for your team, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach! We’ll also share insights and tools from other influential businesses signed up with #ProudToVote. For the latest, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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Getting Started

Curious about how to light a democratic spark and boost employee engagement? Here’s everything you need.

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LEADERSHIP KEY MESSAGES

Need help starting the convo? Use these key messages to get things started with your organization.

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Email Scripts

Emails for staff, friends and family, colleagues, ERG’s, and ongoing comms that show your commitment.

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Media & Press

Templates to help you get started making your commitment to your staff’s civic engagement well known.

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Thought Starters

Examples from companies such as Patagonia and Levi Strauss on how they helped their employees GOTV.

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Social Media

Together, we can spread the word! We have social media assets you can share with friends and family.

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Some of the easiest things make a big impact – like telling your network you’re #proudtovote! Add our ribbon to your profile pic.

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Posters & Swag

Printable posters, pins, and some downright crafty ways to share all the #ProudToVote vibes at work.

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Zoom Backgrounds

How about sharing your commitment during every single Zoom call? It’s the little things that can make the biggest impact!

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You can still register to vote and cast your ballot at the same time during the in-person absentee voting period or on Election Day. Simply go to your regular in-person absentee voting site or to your regular polling place to register and vote. You should bring a valid ID and, if the ID does not list your current name and address, also proof of residence. Contact your Local Election Office if you have any questions.

The only commitment we ask of you is that you make the time to vote for your employees – how you do that is up to you. There is no “one approach fits all” way to do this – we recognize that employers have their own restrictions and company guidelines that may dictate how they implement Time to Vote. The key is making time for employees.

No. You do what works for you. What’s most important is that you’re showing your support for employees to get out the vote.

No. We’re all in this together. Many companies are working with Rock the Vote, Headcount, When We All Vote, TurboVote, Electionday.org, and others to increase voter turnout!

Check state laws – Is there a paid time off law in your state? Are mail-in ballots a requirement? Visit this link to see what the laws are for your respective state.

Check your own company’s existing policies around voting — some may already exist.

Line up internal allies – think HR, Legal, Government Relations, Public Affairs, and Communications – to get buy-in and support to give employees across the company (salaried, hourly, unionized) the time and access they need to vote.

One of our collaborators, Time to Vote, saw that many of the participating companies went further than the basic Time To Vote commitment, encouraging onsite voter registration and voter education sessions for their employees. Others closed their doors on Election Day, established ballot drop-off opportunities at the office, encouraged early voting, and others expanded beyond their employee base to consumers, leveraging marketing dollars to amplify the message. See this toolkit for more examples.

Absolutely! Help us recruit your networks and business partners to join us. You can promote this through your company social media channels (click here for the social media toolkit) or email others to participate. Click here for email samples.

You can say what offices or ballot measures will appear on the ballot. Overall, a good response is to remind them this is a nonpartisan effort. You can provide information on obtaining a nonpartisan voter guide or encourage them to discuss the election with friends or family.

People often say they don’t vote because “they don’t like the candidates” or they’re “too busy”.

Often times this really means that voters aren’t familiar with their choices or what will happen when they arrive at their polling station. Basic information from a trusted messenger like a nonprofit organization about where, when, and how to vote helps new voters participate. And an educated voter is a likely voter.

To register in Minnesota you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of Minnesota for 20 days before the next election
  • maintain residence at the address given on the registration form
  • be at least 18 years old on Election Day
  • if previously convicted of a felony, have completed or been discharged from your sentence
  • not be under a court‑ordered guardianship in which the right to vote has been revoked
  • not be found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote

If your Minnesota voter registration is current and active, you do not need to show ID when you vote in person in Minnesota.

If you need to register or to update your registration for any reason when you vote, you will need to show proof of residence to vote. Proof of residence includes:

  • A Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit, ID, or receipt for any of these that has your current name and address
  • A tribal ID with your name, address, photo, and signature

If you don’t have one of those, bring a combination of other photo ID and another document that shows your current name and address:

  • Accepted photo IDs include an out-of-state driver’s license or ID, US passport, US military or veteran ID, Tribal ID with name, signature, and photo, Minnesota university, college, technical college, or high school ID;
  • Accepted documents to prove your residence include a current residential lease or rental agreement valid through Election Day, current student fee statement, or a utility bill or bank statement with a date less than 30 days old.

GENERAL VOTER RESOURCES

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Voter Registration

Are you registered to vote? While online and mail registration windows have closed, you can still register on election day.

Visit Vote.org

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Election Day Registration

Everything you need to know about registering to vote on Election Day in Minnesota.

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How to Vote FAQ

To vote in Minnesota, you must be a US citizen, at least 18 years old on Election Day, and a resident for at least 20 days.

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Voter Information

Vote.org is a nonpartisan resource with everything you’ll need to be ready. It is important to make a plan for your vote!

Visit Vote.org

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Pollfinder

Are you not sure where your polling place is located? The Secretary of State’s office has a helpful pollfinder for you!

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Voting is Your Power

Voting is Your Power

In the state of Minnesota, everyone has the right to take time off work to vote without losing your pay, personal leave, or vacation time. Employers cannot require you to take personal or vacation time to vote, and if voting hours fall within your work hours, they cannot interfere with your right to vote. An employer that violates this law is guilty of a misdemeanor.

Even more important than the legality around employees being able to vote? Businesses have a responsibility to their people and their community to build a better democracy. Elections are an extension of your ongoing commitment to inclusion, transparency, and civic engagement. 

If you haven’t signed up yet, do so here.