Companies across the Southeast have signed on to make Election Day a company holiday. Some have even distributed information to help their employees become poll workers.
But Roadie took their Election Day pledge a step further this year. Their team hit the road in early October to ensure more Georgians have the opportunity to cast a ballot in the 2020 election.
In coordination with Cox Enterprises and the non-partisan organization GAVotingWorks, the Atlanta-based shipping company delivered 20 ballot boxes to 15 Georgia counties.
In five of those 15 counties, a Roadie-delivered box is the only official ballot dropoff location.
“Roadie delivers everything from cupcakes to couches. Why not democracy?” said Roadie’s Head of People Kayla Duperreault in a statement. “Cox has done a wonderful thing sponsoring these ballot drop boxes. We’re proud to get them to the communities where they’re so sorely needed to ensure Georgia’s voters have a smooth election experience.”
The project was a natural extension based on Roadie’s company culture and motto.
“[Our team] has always been looking for the way to keep Roadie at the forefront of living our motto “neighbors helping neighbors,” Roadie’s Head of Operations Dennis Moon told Hypepotamus. “As we saw the election coming, we were very diligent at finding ways that we could participate, educate, and just make a difference.”
Moon told Hypepotamus that Roadie has the internal motto: “Vote as you please, but please vote.” As Roadie’s relationship with GAVotingWorks evolved, they realized that there was a need to coordinate ground logistics in order to ensure all voters in underserved areas across Georgia can vote.
The official boxes were supplied by Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises in coordination with the Georgia Secretary of State’s office. The exact location of the boxes was determined by the needs of individual counties.
Roadie team members have also been given an extra PTO (paid time off) day to be used on Election Day or during the early voting window to ensure that all employees can vote.
Some employees have even volunteered as poll workers or are getting trained through GAVotingWorks as technicians as issues arise with in-person voting.