Hundreds Of Tech Companies Are Letting Employees Skip Work On Election Day

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It may not be enough to swing this year's Presidential election, but Silicon Valley and other technology hotspots are doing more than just encouraging their employees to vote.

Nearly 300 tech firms want to counter the decades-long decline in voter participation by making Nov. 8, the day America will select its next president, a paid company holiday. In what may be the most coordinated effort yet by tech companies to change a downward trend in U.S. voting behavior, some industry officials say they hope their stance on Election Day will spur other businesses — and maybe even the federal government — to follow suit.

The Washington Post reports.

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