Providing easy to understand election information on company intranets, emails, meetings, and through other company sources can make your employees’ voting experience smooth and reduce anxiety.
Key information Georgia businesses and employees need:
New to Georgia employees or new voters must register by October 5th in order to cast their ballot in the November 3rd General Election. They can register at anytime through the Secretary of State’s website:
VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
Employees can check their registration status at anytime through My Voter Page: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do
VOTE BY MAIL
In Georgia, employees can easily vote by mail. They can request an official absentee ballot online at https://ballotrequest.sos.ga.gov/ They can return the ballot they receive from the state either by mailing it back or dropping it in a secure ballot box.
To avoid crowds on Election Day, encourage your employees to vote early. Locations and times vary by county. Local early voting options can be found: https://elections.sos.ga.gov/Elections/advancedVotingInfo.do
VOTING WITH A DISABILITY
Everyone has the right to vote. To learn more about voting with disabilities: https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/voters_with_disabilities
A powerful way to demonstrate your support of employee voting is to offer them time off of work. This can be done on November 3rd or during early voting. Several large Georgia companies have committed to paid time off for employees.
Helping employees build a plan for voting can provide broader engagement. Providing tips to make the process easier is one important step to guiding employees’ decision making.
Tip #1: Make sure you are registered to vote by October 5, 2020.
Tip #2: When you apply for or renew your driver’s license, you can register to vote.
Tip #3: Georgians can vote early at any polling location. They do not need to vote at their assigned precinct.
Tip #4: State Farm Arena has opened up their facility for early voting. See information on their website for details: https://www.statefarmarena.com/arena-info/early-voting
Tip #5: For those that vote through the mail, they can track the receipt of their ballot at: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do
Your employees could be play an invaluable role in contributing to Georgia’s election through the use of their time and talents. And, Georgia could use their help now more than ever. COVID-19 has made finding volunteers more challenging.
Become Poll Workers
Poll workers are paid positions within counties of residence. The counties will provide training to prepare your employees for their shift. Most positions will be a full day of work. To apply, workers must be at least 16 years of age and a resident of the county. Another requirement is to be able to read, write and understand English . To apply for a position, find your county through: https://securevotega.com/pollworker-signup/
Become Poll Watchers
Poll watchers are partisan roles, with a primary purpose of ensuring that their party has a fair chance of winning an election. Poll watchers closely monitor election administration and may keep track of voter turnout. Sign up through: https://protectthevote.net
Voting loves company. Encourage other local businesses to support their employees to participate in the upcoming election. Leverage your network of contacts to spread the word.
Use your company’s social handles and create hashtags to share information, testimonials, pictures/videos, etc. of your activities.
Your company’s leadership can demonstrate their participation through shared stories in emails, team meetings, etc. Employees enjoy shared experiences and the feeling of being something bigger than just themselves. Companies provide real community encouragement.
Re-share, post, and distribute messages from the state and counties about voting.