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Tech companies to employees: Please vote! We’ll give you the day off

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Michael Fewell
Aug 15, 2016 12:09
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Silicon Valley is gearing up to rock the vote this November.And for many Valley techies there will be no excuses — such as a pesky job to report to — to keep them from the polls this year.As part of a growing push to drive more Bay Area voters to the polls, tech startups are launching voter registration campaigns, partnering on voter turnout initiatives and even pledging to give employees the day off on Nov. 8.Google added voter registration information directly to its search pages this summer, and earlier this month Airbnb celebrated the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by urging visitors on its website to register to vote, The Hill reported over the weekend.

Silicon Valley companies including Airbnb, Lyft and Salesforce have partnered with The TurboVote Challenge to help America reach 80 percent voter turnout by 2020.Other startups are letting their employees skip work on Election Day, Bloomberg reported.

Companies that have joined the Take off Election Day campaign include Twilio, TaskRabbit, Survey Monkey, Square, Spotify and DoorDash.

Venture capital firms including Cowboy Ventures and August Capital also have made the pledge.

VC Hunter Walk has been leading the campaign.

On Monday Yuri Sagalov, co-founder and CEO of Palo Alto-based file syncing platform AeroFS and part-time Y Combinator partner, voiced his support in a blog post.

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