As Election Day approaches, employers are reminded that most states have requirements that an employee be given time off to vote, often with pay, subject to the individual’s hours of work and the times when the polls are open. In some states, employers are required to post notices in advance of an election, advising employees of their rights. Violation of many of these statutes is a misdemeanor punishable by fine.
The following is a listing of the most notable state law requirements. Unless otherwise indicated, these laws apply only to those employees who are eligible or entitled to vote.
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