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State Laws: Time Off to Vote

State Laws: Time Off to Vote
With Election Day coming up on Nov. 5, employers need to stay aware of state laws that guarantee workers time off to vote. There's no federal law requiring employers to give workers time off to vote, but 30 states and the District of Columbia have such laws. 

Employers in California, District of Columbia, and New York must post a mandatory notice regarding employees’ right to time off to vote.  Please see the last section below for more information.

Are we obligated to give employees time off of work to vote?

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Multistate Laws Comparison Tool

Law Firm Resources

You Have the Right to Vote: But, do I Have to Give you the Time off? Pay you? Maybe.
Bricker | Apr 2024

An Election Year Reminder to Employers: Know Your State’s Voting Leave Laws
Maynard Nexsen | Mar 2024

Election Season in the Workplace: Employers’ Essential FAQs for 2024
Fisher Phillips | Jan 2024

Follow this topic: Voting Leave
JD Supra | On-going Updates as Applicable


Create your own Time Off to Vote chart with SHRM's interactive tool.
Multistate Laws Comparison Tool

2024 Primary Elections Calendar
NBC News

2024 United States Elections

Elections and Campaigns

Newer State Laws

GA update: Voting leave, no sunset on Kin Care
Constangy | Sep 2023

Connecticut Enacts Law Providing Employees Unpaid Time Off to Vote
Jackson Lewis | Jun 2021

Puerto Rico's New Electoral Code Creates Two Hours of Paid Voting Leave
Littler | Aug 2020

New Voting Leave Laws in New York State and Washington D.C.
Proskauer | May 2020

Samples and Tools
(Please use as a guideline only. You must ensure your policy complies with relevant state law.)

Voting Leave Policy

California Voting Leave Policy

State Posting Requirements: California | District of Columbia | New York

California Mandatory Posting: Time Off to Vote
Employers must post the employee notice 10 days before a statewide election.

District of Columbia Mandatory Posting: Time Off to Vote
Note: As of 6/6/24, the DCBOE site had been updated through the primary election only.
This notice must be posted conspicuously at all sites where employees report to work and on the employer's website, if applicable.

New York Mandatory Posting: Time Off to Vote
At least 10 working days prior to every election day, all employers must post in a conspicuous place notices setting forth requirements for compliance with New York's voting leave law. Such notice shall be kept posted until the close of polls on election day.

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