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Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images

On Friday in the Pro Rata newsletter, we noted that both Facebook and Old Navy were giving employees paid time off to work polls on Election Day, due to anticipated staffing shortfalls caused by the pandemic. Then we challenged you to do the same in an effort to help prevent long lines at best, or polling location closures at worst.

Driving the news: The response was tremendous. And deserving of recognition. So instead of a traditional Pro Rata column (sign up to get it in your inbox), below are the companies and firms that wrote back...

  • Away: Day off, including for all retail workers.
  • BigToken
  • The Block
  • BMNT: Day off, encouraging poll or election-related transportation work.
  • Branch Furniture: Day off to volunteer, morning off to vote.
  • Chatbooks: Day off to vote and volunteer.
  • CodeScience: Turned it into billable project for consultants, so they both get paid and it counts toward bonuses.
  • Collabfund
  • Digits: Day off.
  • DKC: Day off.
  • Dupont Circle Solutions: Day off to volunteer, morning off to vote.
  • Hiltzik Strategies
  • Integrity Growth Partners: Day off for teams and encouraging same for portfolio companies.
  • Incredible Health: Day off, encouraging volunteerism.
  • Insight Partners: Day off.
  • Institutional Limited Partners Association
  • Invoca: Day off.
  • TheKeyPR: Day off to work polls.
  • Lighter Nutrition: Day off, encouraging volunteerism.
  • Metromile: Election day now counts in flex holiday program, to vote or volunteer.
  • Notion: Day off, encouraging volunteerism.
  • Pallas Advisors/Pallas Ventures
  • Primary Venture Partners
  • Salary Finance: Day off to volunteer.
  • Schnitzer Steel Industries
  • Silversmith Capital Partners.
  • Spiro.AI
  • Spurrier Capital Partners: PTO to work polling places.
  • Sun Mountain Capital: Day off, encouraging volunteerism.
  • Techstars: Day off to volunteer.
  • Thumbtack: Day off, encouraging volunteerism.
  • Triplemint
  • Trust & Will: Day off, encouraging volunteerism.
  • TuneIn: Company holiday.
  • txtsmarter: Election day now permanent company holiday.
  • Underclub: Day off, encouraging volunteerism.

Go deeper

Updated Nov 6, 2020 - Axios Events

Watch: A conversation unpacking the news following Election Day

Axios's Courtenay Brown and Margaret Talev hosted a conversation unpacking Election 2020, featuring Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci and The Lincoln Project co-founder Steve Schmidt. Discussing the immediate results of the election and impending results from key swing states, Axios's Niala Boodhoo and Mike Allen opened the event.

Scaramucci discussed his projections on the impact of a Biden win, from economic policies to President-elect Biden's ability to work across the political aisle.

  • On his view of Trump's economic policies: "[It's] a hijacked, deformed brand of Republicanism...massive deficit spending and sometimes very reckless behavior when it relates to public health and safety."

Steve Schmidt assessed the impact of the Lincoln Project on the 2020 election, his observations on geopolitical trends, and discussed how the Lincoln Project plans to move forward into 2021.

  • On the role of the Lincoln Project during the election: "We were effective in accomplishing what we wanted to do: defining the race around Trump. We've always thought that the race was about one thing...it wasn't about issues. It wasn't about policy."
  • How Trump's ideology fits into global trends: "I believe it's a statist authoritarian ideology with fascistic markers...All over the world, we see democratic recession. It is not a mistake that Nigel Farage is on a stage with Trump in Arizona."

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse highlighted the integrity of the voting process in light of President Trump's claims that President-elect Biden was working to steal the election.

  • On the legitimacy of the election: "It also looks like the vote the count has been done in a pretty legitimate way…there have been lots of allegations of fraud, but it's all been just talk and there's been no evidence to support any of it."
  • On his Senate colleagues' view: "I've got a lot of colleagues who are going to find the end of Donald Trump a real relief. And by colleagues, I mean Republican colleagues."

Thank you Bank of America for sponsoring this event.

Updated 20 mins ago - World

Ukraine crisis: Blinken to visit Kyiv, then meet Russian foreign minister

Photo: Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva on Friday, following a trip to Kyiv to reinforce U.S. support for Ukraine in the face of a possible Russian invasion, according to a senior U.S. official.

Why it matters: The meeting with Lavrov suggests a diplomatic resolution to the crisis may still be on the table, despite the collapse of security talks between Russia and the West last week.

Updated 55 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

  1. Health: Transplants rebound from COVID lull — CDC director says COVID-19 messaging should have been clearer — Concerns grow over CDC's isolation guidelines.
  2. Vaccines: Kids' COVID vaccination rates are particularly low in rural America — America's vaccination drive runs out of gas.
  3. Politics: Joint Chiefs chair Gen. Mark Milley tests positive for COVID-19 — Vivek Murthy calls SCOTUS vaccine mandate block "a setback for public health."
  4. States: America struggles to keep schools open — Youngkin ends mandates for masks in schools and COVID vaccinations for state workers.
  5. World: Greece imposes vaccine mandate for people 60 and older — French parliament passes COVID vaccine passport legislation.
  6. Variant tracker