It’s Election Day in America, and some companies are running deals and freebies to celebrate the occasion, while others are giving their employees time off to vote.
Election Day is not a national holiday, although it is a public holiday in some states, so some government offices may be closed. According to the Movement Advancement Project, an independent think tank, less than half of US states require employers to provide employees with paid election time off.
Here’s what you can expect from Corporate America on Election Day, including what you can get for free or at a discount on Tuesday.
Krispy Kreme is giving away free glazed donuts Tuesday.
“A healthy, vibrant democracy depends on engaged citizens voting,” said David Skena, global chief brand officer at Krispy Kreme, in a statement. “We’re excited to celebrate voters and our democracy by giving everyone a free Original Glazed Donut on Election Day.”
Krispy Kreme has made a habit of giving away its signature glazed donuts. Last year, the company offered free donuts to people who had been vaccinated against Covid-19. As of June 2021, 1.5 million donuts have been given away.
Pizza to the Polls is a group that, well, delivers pizza to the polls.
The organization was founded in 2016 after reports of long lines at early voting venues. According to the group’s website, “We sent delivery pizzas to feed the crowd.” “The feedback was immediate and immense: it fed hungry voters in line, cheered up harried poll workers, and gave people a way to help their communities.”
Six years later, the group is still in existence. And this year it is like that Send food trucks to polling stations in Philadelphia on election day.
“With so many individuals becoming more politically involved and looking forward to voting this year, it is critical that they are supported by a functioning civic engagement ecosystem,” said Amirah Noaman, executive director of Pizza to the Polls. “Feeding people and providing water keeps people in line and keeps elections running smoothly. They also help bring more joy and celebration to this Election Day.”
Lyft is offering discounted rides on Election Day. Customers can use code VOTE22 to receive 50% or up to $10 off when using a Lyft rideshare, bike or scooter on Tuesday. Offer valid while polls are open.
“We believe everyone’s voice – and vote – deserves to be heard and transportation should never be an obstacle,” the company said in a statement.
All voters have a chance to earn the coveted “I Voted” sticker, a badge of civic pride that gives them the right to brag for the rest of the day.
Across the country, some companies are giving workers the opportunity to vote on election day. Over 2,000 companies participate in Time to Vote, a nonpartisan group whose company members offer voting information, give employees paid time off to vote, or ban election day gatherings.
One Time to Vote member, outdoor specialty retailer REI, will open stores two hours later than usual to give employees paid voting time.
“No one should be forced to choose between working and participating in the democratic process,” Ben Steele, chief customer officer at REI Co-op, said in a statement.
But not all participating companies are changing opening hours or closing their doors. To join Time to Vote, “your CEO or senior management must commit to ensuring your employees have the time they need to vote,” according to the group. “There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach.”