Silicon Valley Makes Landmark Political Statement
Back in March and engineer for Slack named Erica Baker set the internet on fire with a series of Tweets that are geared to make a few remarks regarding the upcoming election. Essentially what she said was, “Ok VC’s, CEOs, and company decision makers who follow me. Start planning now to make November 8 a day off. We need people to be able to vote.” and you know what, they listened.
Many have since answered the call among those is Hunter Walk, who is a partner at the venture capital firm called, Homebrew. In mid-July, Walk Went on to Tweet about putting a reminder on the calendar to go vote and suggested that CEOs block out time on their employees calendars as well. He wrote that, “we’re gonna need to turn out on Nov 8, please go to calendar and block off time to vote. If you’re CEO, consider sending company wide email.
“Over the past 20 years, I’ve seen people question whether tech and specifically tech i San Francisco and Silicon Valley want to get involved in the issues around them or just put their heads down and build apps, to me its always been clear that there are lot of folks who do care about the city, do care about the country.”
The election day of the American People is usually held on the second Tuesday because believe it or not farmers in early agrarian America needed time to travel to and from the polls that didn’t conflict with market and worship days. But today in our modern urban society, our elections have long been hit with embarrassingly low voter turn out. In fact activists believe this is due in large part to the fact that workers can’t leave work, and when they say they think really what they mean is that they know. Many people have seen poll after poll that says if you moved it to a weekend or made it a holiday then more people would turn out to vote. Back in the 2012 elections that took place between Mitt Rommney only about 57.5 percent of eligible voters showed up to the polls, and although, its like 40 percent of eligible Americans won’t cast a vote for the old commander in chief this year unfortunately.
When Obama weighed in on this he said that, “we are the only advanced democracy that makes its deliberate difficult for people to vote, our democracy is not going to function well when half or a third of eligible voters are participating.”
“If tech can be a leader and lead by example, maybe other companies can follow suit, If they started that trend and other companies continued that ted maybe it would be more of an incitement for government and election officials to give election day as a day off.”
There is a huge incentive for the Silicon Valley to offer this to their employees. Mainly that the tech sector is huge. There is voting population that are all going to vote in their interest which is the interest of tech at the end of the day.