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Best Buy stores to open later on Election Day, giving workers time to vote

It will also be giving paid time off to employees who volunteer as poll workers.
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Best Buy has announced a series of steps it will take on Election Day to encourage its employees to vote and volunteer at the polls.

The Richfield-based retailer said Thursday that it won't be opening its stores on Nov. 3 until noon local time, in order to give its employees "the time they need to cast a ballot in person, if they choose."

The company said it's also making accommodations so its workers in its distribution centers, field offices, call centers and in-home teams.

What's more, the company also said that it will provide paid time off for any employee who volunteers as a poll worker on Election Day, amid a reported nationwide shortage and calls for healthy people with a low risk from COVID-19 to volunteer.

"With Election Day less than two months away, it’s incredibly important to us that our employees feel empowered to share their voices by voting," the company said.

Voting gets underway in Minnesota on Friday, which marks the start of absentee ballots being sent out, and Early Voting Centers opening their doors.

There is expected to be a huge rise in voting by absentee ballot this year, with many set to choose it over in-person voting due to the pandemic.

You can find out more about voting in Minnesota here.

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