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Drexel Adopts Policy Allowing Employees Paid Time-off to Vote on Election Day

October 28, 2008

Drexel University has joined the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the Committee of Seventy to invite other employers to allow employees time-off in order to vote on Election Day. The University recently adopted a policy giving employees up to one hour of paid time-off to vote.

WomenVote PA is encouraging all employers to consider creating similar policies that permit flexible work schedules on Election Day. At a recent press conference at Philadelphia’s City Hall, employers and organizations that support “Time-Off for Democracy” policies signed a pledge. Drexel’s adoption of the time-off policy is part of a larger University initiative, Drexel Votes 2008. The initiative aims at educating students about the issues facing the nation and the candidates’ positions on these issues. Drexel Votes 2008 encourages students to get involved in the political process and to vote.

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News Media Contact: Niki Gianakaris, Assistant Director, Drexel News Bureau 215-895-6741, 215-778-7752 (cell) or ngianakaris@drexel.edu

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