A Day for Democracy, a nonpartisan initiative founded by CEOs to encourage employers across the U.S. to take a pledge to help increase voter participation, has announced that the leaders of several Pennsylvania businesses, representing more than 18,000 employees in the state, have pledged to help their employees vote in the upcoming elections.
In taking the pledge, these executives committed to giving their employees time off to vote and/or to help their employees register and exercise their right to vote in local, state, and national elections on their terms – whether at polling locations or from the safety of their own home.
The CEOs and business leaders who took the pledge come from a diverse range of industries across Pennsylvania.
These Pennsylvania business leaders joined hundreds of top-ranked firms across the country in industries ranging from finance, real estate and construction, venture capital, and higher education to entertainment, hospitality, and healthcare. In all, more than 370 companies representing more than 1.6 million employees have taken the A Day for Democracy pledge.
“It’s crucial that business leaders do everything we can to help our employees exercise their right to vote,” said Qlik CEO Mike Capone, one of the pledge participants. “Joining the A Day for Democracy initiative has been a great way for Qlik to make sure that our U.S. employees have access to the information and resources they need to cast their ballot and make their voices heard.”
Qlik, a global leader in data integration and analytics, also partnered with A Day for Democracy to develop an interactive map that visualizes voter participation in the 2016 election at the county and state level. The interactive map uses the latest publicly available data and allows users to explore voter turnout across the U.S.
“I’m grateful that so many business leaders in Pennsylvania – from such a diverse range of industries – have taken the pledge with A Day for Democracy,” said Peter Palandjian, Chairman and CEO of Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation and founder of the coalition. “Together, we can increase voter turnout and make sure that everyone has a voice in our democracy.”
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