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Time Off to Vote

October 30, 2012

Tuesday, November 6 is election day all across the United States. The question arises of how the right to vote squares with the right of an employer to expect attendance on the job. Typically, states' time-off-to-vote laws require that employees who are registered voters be given time from work in which to visit the polls and vote. In many cases, time off is only guaranteed if the employee does not have sufficient time outside of working hours to cast a ballot. Employers who interfere with employees' right to vote may risk fines or even jail sentences in some states.

Because the laws vary so significantly from state to state, SESCO has published a State Law Guide. This guide can be found on SESCO"s website by going to under Checklists, or by clicking HERE.

Further, If you have questions about the specific requirements in your state, you may call Phil Richards, Director of Client Services at 423-764-4127 or by email at