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Time Off to Vote: State-by-State Voting Leave Laws Explained

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The race for the White House between Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama is driving unprecedented interest in the upcoming election. More than 3.5 million citizens have registered to vote for the first time. And all indications are that voter turnout will reach record levels when polls open on Nov. 4.

Chances are, some (if not all) of your employees will want to take part of the day off to cast their ballots. Must you let them?

No federal law requires employers to grant leave for the purpose of voting.  However, most states have laws that do. Many specifically address situations in which an employee’s work hours do not permit sufficient time to vote during the hours polls are open.

See below for a full state-by-state rundown of voting leave laws.

Remember that flexibility can be the key when it comes to encouraging employees to vote. While your state law may not mandate paid time off, there’s nothing that prohibi...(register to read more)

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