Which states guarantee time off to vote?
With election day fast approaching on November 3, Americans across the country are preparing their voting plans. The coronavirus pandemic has made these plans all the more important, and many states are reporting record numbers of early and mail-order voters.
White House adviser Dr Anthony Fauci said he plans to vote in person, telling Yahoo! News that the process is safe as long as voters and polling stations follow proper guidelines such as mask wearing and social distancing.
Another consideration that workers should take into account is when to vote. The Centers for Disease Control suggests that people plan to vote during off-peak hours, such as mid-morning or during early voting period.
Many workers also have to refrain from taking time off work to vote. According to Ballotpedia, during the 2020 election cycle, 28 states are requiring employers to give employees time off to vote.
States in purple require employers to allow their employees time off to vote, but specific legislation varies from state to state.
For example, some states guarantee paid time off for voting, while others only guarantee unpaid time off. Some states have specific periods during which workers are guaranteed, others do not. In addition, many employers offer time off to vote, even if they are not required to.
This variation is one of the reasons Democrats have proposed making Election Day a national holiday and more than two-thirds of Americans polled by Pew Research said they would support such a move.
Voters can use resources such as Ballotpedia or consult their local electoral board to learn about the laws in their area and should also be aware of their organization’s voting policy.
Perfect your voting plan by learning what the law is in your state so you can feel confident on Election Day.
As Dr Fauci says, “I’ll vote for sure.”