Make it count.

By: Andy Choi

On today's Up To Speed, all the reasons why it's never been more important - or easier - to vote.

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Today in the United States it’s National Voter Registration Day. With only 42 days until the election, we want to make sure all of our voices are heard. Let’s start with how Verizon Media is once again using the strength of its ecosystem to empower folks to make an informed decision.

Yahoo Election Hub

All new this year, the 2020 Yahoo Election Hub will serve as a one-stop platform featuring original news reporting, a breakdown of polling data and a section on battleground states. This is just one of the many ways Verizon Media is creating a comprehensive, 360-degree approach to the issues, all before consumers cast their ballots.

Making it easier to get involved

Speaking of casting ballots, last week on Up To Speed, Christy shared some big news for employees here in the United States: Up to four hours of paid time off to vote and/or participate in civic activities in support of voting on Election Day 2020. That announcement, which will go a long way in strengthening the democratic process, continues to garner headlines from major publications as well as the appreciation of V Teamers nationwide.

Make your time count

If you’re looking for a way to use your time in service of driving voter engagement, look no further than our volunteer portal. From becoming a poll worker to answering questions about the voting process, election-related opportunities will not only support greater voter turnout but will also help us meet our Citizen Verizon goal of 2.5 million volunteer hours by 2025. Make sure to also check out our #Next20 conversation, about making every vote count.

Just Vote… and win?

We also announced our support of Global Citizen’s “Just Vote” campaign, which encourages consumers to check their registration status to earn a chance to win exclusive experiences. Learn more here.

A scheduling Speed change

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