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Kum & Go Empowering Voters Through New Initiative

Retailer joins nonpartisan coalition, pledges to help increase employee participation in election
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DES MOINES, Iowa — To help ensure that all of its employees can exercise their right to vote, convenience-store retailer Kum & Go said it is providing two hours of paid voting time and free in-store meals for all store associates on Election Day, Nov. 3.

Kum & Go has also joined Time to Vote, a business-led, nonpartisan coalition that aims to increase voter participation in U.S. elections. In addition, Kum & Go has signed a pledge with Civic Alliance to affirm its commitment to encourage Americans to participate in elections, and empower the chain’s U.S. associates to vote and be civically active.

The company also is sharing voter registration information with all associates and encouraging everyone to learn their registration status at Vote.org.

Kum & Go believes in civic engagement and the power of every eligible voter in having their voice heard at the ballot box, the company said in the announcement.

“At Kum & Go, we believe working should never be a barrier to civic engagement,” said Tanner Krause, president of Kum & Go. “By providing paid time for associates to go to the polls, and affirming that support through both Time to Vote and Civic Alliance, we are proud to stand by this important nonpartisan effort to bring out the vote.”

Des Moines, Iowa-based Kum & Go, which generated $2.65 billion in sales in 2019, operates approximately 400 c-stores across 11 mostly Midwestern states. It is No. 18 on CSP’s 2020 Top 202 ranking of c-store chain’s by size.

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