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Marriott, Starbucks back bipartisan effort to boost employee voting


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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It is an intriguing notion: Does your employer have a duty to help you get involved in politics?

The Bipartisan Policy Center is launching an effort to organize large companies and non-profits to mobilize their employees to register, vote and even volunteer at polling places.

The effort kicks off with two huge employers as charter members — Starbucks and Marriott.

The BPC effort begins with the partners embracing a set of principles, including one that declares a corporate duty to help employees participate in politics: “Enterprises of all shapes and sizes have an obligation to facilitate active citizenship by their employees and members. This can include removing impediments to and extending appropriate support for voting registration, voting, and support for the effective administration of voting systems.”