Can I Take Time Off Work To Vote?

September 28, 2020

This is another state law issue. Many states require employers to give employees some time off to cast their ballots—and prohibit employers from disciplining employees who take time off for this purpose—but a number of restrictions apply. For example, some states give an employee the right to take time off only if the employee doesn’t have enough time to vote outside of work hours. Some states require employers to pay workers for this time; others do not. And a few states allow employers to require workers to give advance notice or provide proof that they actually voted to take advantage of these legal protections.

For information on your state’s rules, contact your state labor department.

Each state has a department or agency responsible for administering state-specific employment and labor laws. Below are links to the websites of each state’s department or agency.

Alabama Kentucky North Dakota
Alaska Louisiana Ohio
Arizona Maine Oklahoma
Arkansas Maryland Oregon
California Massachusetts Pennsylvania
Colorado Michigan Rhode Island
Connecticut Minnesota South Carolina
Delaware Mississippi South Dakota
District of Columbia Missouri Tennessee
Florida Montana Texas
Georgia Nebraska Utah
Hawaii Nevada Vermont
Idaho New Hampshire Virginia
Illinois New Jersey Washington
Indiana New Mexico West Virginia
Iowa New York Wisconsin
Kansas North Carolina Wyoming
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