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Since its founding, Target has proudly stood in support of democracy and encouraged our team members and guests to exercise their right to vote. We provide paid time off and free transportation to make it easier for our team members to vote and, in 2020, recruited over 1,600 team members to staff polling places.
This foundation and following principles guide our decisions on when to engage on public policies related to our elections and voting:
- We believe:
- Every American should have a voice in our democracy.
- Voting should be safe and accessible to all.
- Elections must be fair and transparent.
- Equal access to voting is required to have a more inclusive society.
- We call on elected officials to ensure:
- There are an adequate number of polling places and they are sufficiently staffed
- All polling places are free of intimidation and violence
- Changes to voting laws do not disproportionately impact BIPOC communities.
We’re a global company, so taking part in legislative and public policy activity helps us stay connected and share our voice on the issues that matter. We work with elected officials from both political parties on policies that will improve our business and communities.
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Every year, legislators vote on a broad variety of proposals that affect our guests, team members, shareholders and communities. These issues touch all aspects of our business, like how we run our stores, which products we sell, and even how our teams interact. By supporting candidates who share our philosophies, our voice is stronger in the public policy debates that can determine our success and ability to improve the communities we serve.
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We play many roles, from retailer and importer to healthcare provider and employer, and we believe in sharing that expertise with policy makers whenever we can. We also take part in discussions at all levels of government through trade associations and policy-based organizations.
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