Arts & Ideas Makes Time to Vote

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas, based in New Haven, Connecticut, stands with hundreds of leading companies and small businesses from coast to coast in support of a vital common goal: getting more people out to vote.

The International Festival is giving its entire staff a paid day-off on Tuesday, November 6, in order to lower the barriers for all of its employees to vote and to participate in Election Day volunteer activities.

The U.S. has one of the lowest voter participation rates in the developed world: as low as 36% in the last midterm elections in 2014. One of the most common reasons people give for not voting is that they’re too busy with the demands of work and life. To change this paradigm, a diverse coalition of companies is coming together to increase voter participation in this year’s midterm elections.

Information about voting in New Haven is available here.

For more information about the national initiatives for companies large and small to encourage their employees to participate in elections, visit and