Bloomberg Law
Oct. 23, 2018, 10:40 AM

Paid Time Off to Vote: Where Your State Falls

Genevieve Douglas
Genevieve Douglas

Twenty-nine states require employers to give workers leave to vote on Election Day, and most require workers get paid for their time at the polls.

Only Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin allow for voting leave to be unpaid, according to Bloomberg Law data.

Workers in most states must get “sufficient” time off to vote on Election Day—often two hours—in situations where they don’t have a block of three hours outside of work while polls are open. The average 9-to-5 work schedule, for example, in states where polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., would trigger ...

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