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Employers and the Election Year: Time Off to Vote

10.01.12

In a presidential election year, employers are smart to refresh their knowledge about the rights of citizens in regards to voting.  In Minnesota, MN Stats. 204C guarantees every employee who is eligible to vote in an election the right to be absent from work for the time necessary to appear at the employee's polling place, cast a ballot, and return to work on the day of that election, without penalty or deduction from salary or wages because of the absence. An employer or other person may not directly or indirectly refuse, abridge, or interfere with this right or any other election right of an employee. 

A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor.

State laws vary in the details, so it's important to check the guidelines for your location.  The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) has listed state-by-state information on time off to vote regulations:

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