Voting Leave Laws Refresher

Tina Harkness, Information Resource Manager, Membership Development US-Capitol.jpg

As the election nears, you may want to refresh your memory of voting leave laws before employees start asking their supervisors for time off. Even in these days of absentee ballots and early voting, many employees still go to the polls on Election Day. Voting leave laws vary by state. Most states require employers to give employees time off to vote when their work schedules might otherwise interfere with voting on Election Day. Some states require this time to be paid. Employees are usually required to prearrange this time with their employers. And, employers can ask that the time be scheduled to minimize work disruption. 

Here is a quick reference for Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming employers.

AZ: Employers must provide paid time off if there are less than three consecutive hours before the employee begins work and after the employee ends work when the polls are open.  Employers must provide paid time off to meet the three-hour requirement. 

CO: Employers must provide up to two hours of paid time off to employees eligible to vote if there are less than three hours (need not be consecutive) before the employee begins work and after the employee ends work when the polls are open. 

WY: Employers must provide employees eligible to vote one hour of paid time off.  The leave is to be taken at the employer’s convenience. 

Contact your MSEC representative with your questions about voting leave.