Nearly 150 major companies, including Walmart and Tyson Foods, have joined in a national Make Time to Vote campaign aimed at lifting voting. It’s described as a non-partisan effort, though a New York Times account notes that some of the companies involved have at time had differences with the Trump administration.

A press release from the group says:

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The U.S. has one of the lowest voter participation rates in the developed world, recently as low as 36 percent, and one of the most common reasons that people give for not voting is that they are too busy, or have work and life demands that prevent them from voting. To change this paradigm, a diverse coalition of companies including Kaiser Permanente, LeviStrauss & Co., Patagonia, PayPal, Tyson Foods and Walmart are coming together, starting with the November elections, to increase voter turnout.

The Time to Vote campaign also aims to increase awareness about the steps employers can take to allow time for their employees to vote. The companies joining this campaign are committed to increasing voter participation through programs such as paid time off, a day without meetings and resources for mail-in ballots and early voting. And all of them care about their workforces and supporting democracy.

Paid time off to vote? This is a great idea. Which companies are taking this significant step are isn’t revealed in the news release.