Patagonia closing stores nationwide on Election Day

Patagonia closing stores nationwide on Election Day
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Outdoor retailer Patagonia will close all of its stores nationwide on Tuesday to give employees and customers time to vote.

The company is one of hundreds changing their opening hours or giving employees paid time off for Election Day.

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“Together, we can remove barriers to civic participation and encourage all American workers to be citizens and voters first,” CEO Rose Marcario said in a blog post. 

Patagonia announced the closure earlier this summer, and also closed stores on Election Day in 2016. Last month, the company signed onto the “Time to Vote” campaign, a movement of CEOs working to increase voter participation.

A record-high number of US companies are providing their employees with paid time off to vote this year. 

“Demonstrating your company’s commitment to voting will reinforce how essential it is that every eligible voter shows up,” Marcario wrote. “And it will, in turn, help strengthen the idea that businesses can and will come together for a worthy common purpose: protecting our democracy by empowering all American workers to be good citizens.”

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Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard has publicly criticized Trump and other administration officials, and the company has spoken out against the Interior Department’s shrinking of some national monuments.