Erie Chamber Blog
Monday October 12,  2020
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Submitted by Kelly Dundule, Accudyn Products, Inc.

Accudyn Products, Inc. is proud to introduce the #ErieVotes initiative, a nonpartisan coalition of local businesses committed to encouraging and facilitating participation in this November’s election. For too many in our community, the everyday challenges of transportation, financial need, and family commitments leave little flexibility in daily life.

Uncertainty regarding how long it may take at one’s polling location coupled with the other demands of life may leave some in our community forced to make a decision between meeting their financial and familial obligations or exercising their right to vote.  In Pennsylvania, as opposed to other states, there are no laws that require employers to give employees time off to vote. For an employee this could mean that they are forced to use vacation time (if available) or even go unpaid to exercise their right to vote. The owners of Accudyn decided that this choice was not one they wanted their employees to be faced with and declared November 3rd a paid holiday for all employees.

ErieVotes was formed to encourage other local businesses to commit to pledging substantive efforts and providing voter resources. Examples of commitments already made by businesses include:

  • Declaring Election Day a paid holiday for all staff
  • Offering flexible work schedules or extended lunch breaks on Election Day
  • Providing voter registration education and support

We encourage local employers to assess the needs of their workforce and to commit to an action or set of actions that could help to remove some of the barriers to voting experienced by their employees by signing the #ErieVotes pledge.

Thank you to Mercyhurst University, The Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership, United Way of Erie County, and American Tinning & Galvanizing for already taking the pledge. #ErieVotes believes in the importance of civic engagement to our democracy and asks all local employers to consider taking action by making the pledge today!

Sign the pledge at www.erievotes.com.

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