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As we reflect on this historic election, we can all appreciate the importance of the resiliency of our democracy and the importance of every citizen remaining engaged. That’s why we were heartened to see so many positive stories highlighting civic engagement in this election cycle.

  • There was record civic participation and voter turnout. According to NBC News projections, nearly 160 million Americans voted which is the highest voter turnout rate among eligible citizens since 1900. 

  • PACE Funders posted a Twitter thread on #CivicBrightSpots, including that over 1,850 companies pledged to give their employees time to vote this year.


Hit reply and let us know what uplifting stories you’ve seen recently. This also serves as a good reminder that civic participation extends past November 3rd, and we have the ability to be positive changemakers in our country and community every single day of the year.

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