Cambridge Trust Joins A Day for Democracy

A Non-partisan Initiative to Help Increase Voter Turnout

The U.S. has one of the lowest voter participation rates of any democracy in the world. Less than 56 percent of the U.S. voting age population cast ballots in the last presidential election, and even fewer voted during the mid-term elections in 2014. Almost every other democracy holds elections on the weekend to make it easier to vote, and many that hold them during the week designate the day as a holiday. Exercising your right to vote is essential to the future of this nation and to maintaining a vibrant democracy in which all voices are heard.

Cambridge Trust has joined “A Day for Democracy”, a non-partisan initiative that asks employers across the U.S. to commit to take action to give employees time off to vote, and/or to help employees register and access their right to vote – in local, state and national elections – on their terms, whether at polling locations or from the safety of their own home.

This year, because of the pandemic, U.S. voters face an additional, unique set of challenges. While many states are increasing voting-by-mail opportunities to accommodate these circumstances, several specific steps are required to participate, including: 

• confirming voter registration and registering if necessary; 
• requesting an application to vote by mail; 
• receiving, completing and submitting that application; 
• receiving, completing and returning on time the ballot itself. 

To help facilitate the voting process, clients and employees can access an online platform like turbovote.org, a leading online service through which voters can register, receive election reminders, and obtain, if they wish to use one, a mail-in ballot.