May 7, 2020

Old Navy Will Pay Employees to Work the Polls on Election Day

By moncl320me

Are you ready to vote on November 3?

With Election Day only two months away, Old Navy has announced a new plan to offer employees who serve as poll workers a full day’s pay. This incentive is being extended to all non-corporate employees.

Partnering with Civic Alliance and Power the Polls to boost the numbers of poll workers nationwide, 50,000-plus Old Navy employees across over 1,000 stores will be trained in polling procedures.

This is a big deal, considering Inc’s recent report from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission that the country is facing a poll shortage of “at least 250,000 workers,” which could lead to longer wait times and vote-counting delays. (A large percentage of poll workers are 61 and older, and they may not be working this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)

“Voting is for everyone, regardless of beliefs or affiliations, and we believe we are all better when we engage in the process,” a company spokesperson told Fortune. “We felt this opportunity was a new and unique way to provide the opportunity and encouragement to our employees in stores across the country to become more involved in the democratic process without worrying about sacrificing a shift at work. This election has the potential for a historic turnout, and our teams can help make a difference in our communities.”

According to a press release from Old Navy, 64% of field employees are between the ages of 18 and 29, “the segment of the population with the lowest voter turnout.”

“As a company, we believe that participating in the democratic process is a vital right, and we are committed to removing roadblocks so employees don’t have to choose between serving or voting and work,” the spokesperson also told Fortune.

While this initiative does not include corporate Old Navy employees, the company has reportedly declared November 3 as a “no meetings day” to allow all employees the necessary time to vote, joining brands like Starbucks, Apple, and Walmart with similar policies.