Following the lead of other major companies, social media behemoth Facebook, Inc. will give employees paid time off to volunteer to work poll centers on Nov. 3, Election Day.

Axios reports that in addition to allotting workers time to staff national polls, it will also begin sending users 18 years or older notifications about where to sign up as poll workers. These alerts will occur via the Facebook app beginning Saturday and provide a link to a user’s state website for more registration information.

Experts forecast a scarcity in poll workers available to help staff polls due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An approximate total of 58 percent of all U.S. poll workers are above the age of 61, making them a demographic vulnerable to a severe or fatal COVID-19 infection. 

This anticipated shortage has prompted companies and organizations alike to raise awareness about staffing polls this November.

Following the controversy surrounding interference on its platform during the 2016 presidential election, Facebook has reportedly been working to improve its political ethics. It already pledged to give employees paid time off to vote and announced in August that it will be offering free ad credits to election authorities to help recruit poll workers.

Published on Sep 11, 2020