Time Off for Voting

by Anne Zachritz

The primary runoff elections in Oklahoma are tomorrow, August 23rd.   Employers, do you allow your employees time off to vote?  In Oklahoma (as in many other states), employers are required to allow employees (who are registered voters) to take two (2) hours off work during polling hours in which to vote.  In some instances, the employee may be entitled to additional time in which to vote.  If your employees wish to take time off of work to vote, you may require that the employees notify their supervisor or other designated representative, on the day prior to the election, that he or she will be absent for purposes of voting.  You may select the time your employees may take off for voting (with certain exceptions).  If your employees provide proof of voting, such as an “I Voted!” sticker , you must designate the time off for voting as paid time off.  And, if you fail to allow your employees time off, if requested the day preceding the election day, or fail to designate the time off as paid time off, you may be subject to a fine - and be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.  So, regardless of your employees’ political affiliation, support those who wish to exercise their right to vote!

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1. Andy Anderson wrote:
Thanks Ann, it is that way 20 years ago in Arizona, power line construction workers were given half a day off with pay to vote. For our show-ups were out of town.

Tue, August 23, 2016 @ 8:07 AM

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