This year has shown us the importance of civic engagement in a way that many of us, young and old, have not experienced before. The stakes are incredibly high for 2020, but my philosophy for action for elections and really every day remain the same. As citizens and as business owners, my wife and I have long emphasized the need for everyone to have the ability to vote.
Earlier this year, we joined Time To Vote, an initiative kicked off by executives at Patagonia. Time to Vote is a nonpartisan, business-led initiative to help ensure employees across America don’t have to choose between voting and earning a paycheck. We’ve always allowed for flexible schedules on Election Day, but this year we took the more considerable step to make November 3, 2020, a day off for our staff. Every election, our team will have the ability to vote with flexible schedules, and every presidential election, we will be providing the much-needed day off. Maybe someday, the government will catch on and realize the importance of making this a federal holiday for all so that our citizenry can use their voice and exercise their civic duty for democracy without having to compromise their livelihood.