Election Day snapshot: What 9 PR agencies are up to as history is made

From giving employees time off to vote to providing in-depth analysis to running quirky campaigns poking fun at Donald Trump, agencies are keeping busy as voters go to the polls.

Allison+Partners
To encourage staffers to vote, Allison+Partners is offering paid time off to exercise one’s civic duty.

Each U.S. office has a Get Out The Vote ambassador in charge of counting staff voters and disseminating information about the election, like important deadlines, where to vote, and how to vote by absentee ballot. If all U.S. offices reach 90% voter participation, Allison+Partners will give staffers an extra summer Friday.

Brooklyn Brothers
The agency created Trumping Ship, a website to help future expats find their new home if Donald Trump is elected. The website randomly selects a country, provides a quirky argument for why you should live there, and describes the difficulty of immigration. To top it off, it links to ticket prices for a one-way ticket on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017.

Trumping Ship urges visitors to "prevent the Trumpocalypse" and vote by providing a link to find local polling places. The idea emanated from the common refrain around presidential elections that Americans will "jump ship" if their candidate isn’t elected.

Burson-Marsteller
Burson Latino launched a social hub for Latino-focused election news and conversations during the last 100 hours of the presidential race, called Latino Voices and Votes. The website came about through a partnership with Burson Latino and social media marketing platform Tint.

Latino Voices and Votes is pulling together election news and content relating to the Latino community and social media conversations from Latinos about the race. The site is in both English and Spanish. It also features a battle of the hashtags, showing the number of social media mentions for both #LatinosforHillary and #LatinosforTrump side-by-side.

Round & Round
The Stockholm-based ad agency is capitalizing on talented Americans wanting to leave the country if Donald Trump is elected with its website, The Great Trump Escape.

The firm is looking for native English speakers to add to its staff. Visitors can submit their portfolios on the website, which will only be sent to Round & Round if Trump is elected. Round & Round also sells the benefits of living in Sweden, like "long maternity leaves, five weeks holiday, and decent healthcare."

Scott Circle
Over the past several weeks, many of Scott Circle’s team members have been out on the campaign trail doing advance work for Hillary Clinton in key swing states.

Agency staffers are keeping the momentum going in their office on Election Day, watching the signs for early numbers and celebrating their opportunity to vote for the first woman president. They also took on the #MannequinChallenge.

APCO Worldwide
APCO election expert Nicholas Whyte put together a short election guide for clients, detailing the timeline of election night by showing when critical states will report votes. The firm also included a map showing which way states are leaning.

The agency is also sending out its political experts to news channels around the world to provide commentary, including BBC, Bloomberg TV, NDTV in India, CCTV in China, NHK in Japan, Sky News, and CNN. It’s also posting election expertise from staffers online.

McDowell Jewett Communications
Duby McDowell, president of the agency, is preparing to spend the evening with WFSB Channel 3 in Hartford, Connecticut, as a political analyst. Otherwise, the agency’s staffers are planning on sweatpants, deep couch sitting, and take-out on Tuesday night.

Edelman
All 14 of Edelman’s U.S. offices delayed opening until 11:30 a.m. local time to make it easier for employees to vote. It implemented the delayed start after asking its staff about barriers to voting, and most said "time." Edelman joined the #TimeOffToVote movement on Twitter, encouraging other companies to extend the same courtesy to their employees.

Global Strategy Group
The agency’s New York office renewed its Election Day tradition of getting lunch at the nearby Shake Shack in Madison Square Park.

WE Communications
WE staff joined the #TimeOffToVote movement, giving its U.S. staff enough time off to vote this Election Day.

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