24 petitions

Started 1 week ago

Petition to Business Roundtable CEO-Members, Alex Gorsky

Business Roundtable Members: Make Election Day a Holiday for Your Employees.

Have you ever struggled taking time out of your busy day to vote? You’re not alone: Nearly 60% of voting-eligible Americans did not vote in our last midterm elections, and whopping 35% of those people said that scheduling conflicts with work or school kept them from voting. Having the right to vote is only useful if we have the time to vote. And yet, since the dawn of Tuesday as Election Day, the federal government has never attempted to make Election Day a holiday. There's no federal law that governs time off to vote, and only twenty-three states require paid time off to vote. So instead of waiting for Congress to act, we're asking business leaders to step up. No one should have to choose between working and voting. The Business Roundtable is a group of CEOs from the largest companies in America, who make collective policy decisions. Their Corporate Governance Committee has already helped implement a number of great policies on behalf of employees. In fact, the leader of that committee is Alex Gorsky, CEO of Johnson&Johnson, who has received a Glassdoor Employee Choice Award three years running. We're asking Mr. Gorsky and the Business Roundtable members to show their leadership again to increase voter turnout. If these companies take a stand to make Election Day a holiday for their employees -even commit to a couple paid hours- they will set the example for voter participation in our country. Join us and call on them America's top business leaders to make Election Day a holiday at their companies.
1,574 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Board of Regents

Cancel Classes to Vote

Classes should be cancelled on the days of presidential general and primary elections. During the 2016 presidential election, only 46.1% of U.S. citizens ages 18 to 29 turned out to vote (File, 2017) and according to the Michigan Daily, the four precincts in Ann Arbor “that feature many student voters, with polling locations in the Michigan Union and Michigan League, voter turnout ranged from 42.8 percent to 49.71 percent” (Murray, 2016). During the 2016 presidential election, many students were unable to vote because of time constraint they faced, accounting for hours of classes, clubs, studying and other extracurricular activities. Students would put in the effort, standing in lines, stretching as long as 3 hours at the Michigan Union, with the hopes of fulfilling their constitutional right, but were let down by the inefficiency of the polls; students were forced to leave the line to attend their class. With low voter turnout among the University of Michigan students and many opinions and voices circulating the campus, action must be taken. In signing this letter of support, I believe that students are unequally represented in voter turnout in presidential elections, especially on the University of Michigan campus. I agree that students are inhibited by classes scheduled on the day of presidential elections (general and primary) and support the cancellation of classes on these days. In the absence of these classes, students will have the equal opportunity to express their right to vote, improve voter turnout and represent their beliefs and opinions in accordance to political results. I am signing this letter to show my agreeance and support of canceling classes on the days of general and primary presidential elections.

Tatum Partrich
298 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Adopt National Rank Choice Voting Once and For All

One of the biggest flaws in the US election system is the underrepresentation of 3rd party candidates. Even when 3rd party candidates do receive many more votes than usual in Presidential Elections, these votes end up just being that votes that were "stolen" from a candidate. This occurred in the Gore-Bush election (Nader received 94,000 votes from voters that most likely would have voted for Gore) and the Clinton-Trump election (some Sanders supporters redirected their votes to Trump). Rank Choice Voting (RCV) is the potential solution to these issues surrounding 3rd party candidates, whether it is an unfair chance at winning or "stolen" votes. Here is how this Voting process works: When the voter comes to the booth, he will have however many options there are people running (as usual). But instead of voting for 1 person, the voter puts his top 2 choices. These votes are counted, and whichever 2 candidates have the most top 1 and 2 votes are the final candidates. Then, these 2 candidates are voted on and voters may only vote for 1 candidate. So what does this look like? Let us say that there are two candidates A and B each with similar platforms, and one candidate C with a different platform. Also, let us assume that 40% of voters will prefer A as their top candidate, 25% for B, and 35% for C. Through RCV voting, C will still win 35% of the vote, even though 65% of voters prefer both A or B over C. Also, all voters are pressured to choose at least one of A or B, and voters who prefer A or B must vote for both A and B to ensure defeat for C. This ensures a higher chance for 3rd party candidates. By the First Amendment, we the people have the right to petition the government, and if this petition is agreed upon by a certain amount of voters, this voting process must be brought to Congress. If RCV voting is passed, 3rd party candidates will have a better chance at victory without interfering with the chances of like-minded candidates, and also our government will be better represented by us, The People.

Tal D
9 supporters