Should employers provide time off to vote?
Last updated: November 5, 2022
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Elyssa Duncan
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Should employers provide time off to vote?
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Rachel
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Atleast time off!!!!! And maybe half pay, better than no pay! Something has to be done, everyone should be able to vote , not just the rich!! Hello

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Mark Comerford
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Traffic Management at Florida Department Of Transportation

WHY, do we allow business to take away our opportunities to vote?

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joyce you
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We have polls open 12 hours on election day; opportunities to vote by absentee ballot; in Georgia, our county elections office is open for voting 2-3 WEEKS in advance of election day. If folks don't take advantage of those times, why should their employer reward them with time off? Patriotic of them, but shouldn't be demanded. (BTW, if you are given an extended break to go vote and it takes longer than the time allotted [esp. during the lunch hour rush], you can ask for a form at your polling place that shows your employer you were there!)

Lines in a couple of big cities here that were stressfully long received national attention...but what was not reported was the basic reason: many folks who showed up to vote that last day hadn't bothered to find out what/who was on the ballot! They didn't come prepared to make all the (many) choices involved, thereby slowing lines down by having to slog through all the reading material, the proposed referendums offered by their party and different state and local officials being voted upon! Yes, additional polling places in big cities would relieve some of that....but you'd be surprised at how many folks show up without a clue...they just want their party, though they don't know who's running for their party or what input their party is asking for regarding future laws...or even if it's their party's election! Another slow-down: folks in line at the wrong precinct, thinking that they can just vote where they're closest at the moment or where they've moved to, without changing address with the elections office=more paperwork involved in processing their vote provisionally on site. In Georgia, as folks adjust to the new 2-step voting process (electronic plus back-up paper ballot ) it should go more smoothly, also; but neither new- machine problems nor "poor training" are to blame for those long lines!

All told, there already are plenty of opportunities to vote without putting another burden on employers. (I'm not one...just a poll/precinct officer for 20 years' worth of elections.)

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Heath Alva
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I've been fortunate to work for places that make voting a priority for its employees. While the polls may be open before and after work , there is a lot of other responsibilities that many workers have during the day that will prevent them from being able to take the necessary time to exercise their right to vote. I do like the idea that Election Day is a national holiday that we as a nation have off to participate in our democracy. We celebrate our independence with cookouts and fireworks, why not as a country celebrate the democracy that our country fought for by participating in the most direct way by voting.

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Kay Glenn
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Congress should come to a decision and pass the stimulus package so that all Americans can have some relief and a stimulus package including sending stimulus money should be sent to All Americans because all Americans are suffering and need help in this pandemic

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Melony Bradley
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Yes, absolutely! All US citizens should he given time off to vote in Presidential elections.

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Beth Clymer
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I am a big supporter of early voting and/or vote by mail so that people can vote on a schedule that works for their life. Poll lines can be long, and many people - esp with young kids - have to get right home after a long day at work. I definitely think companies should offer time off to vote in states where mail in voting is not available. And in states that offer early voting, they should encourage workers to do it not on election day, because it's so much quicker!

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Ford Simpson
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No need,polls are open before work and won't close if you are in line to vote after work.

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Lauren Brucato
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Product Manager at Jobcase

yes, i think so. voting is such a critical part of our democracy, and sometimes it can be hard for people to actually fit in voting around work, so i think companies should provide time off

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Lenin Pina
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Outstanding piece of information here @Elyssa Duncan . I actually had no idea my state extended a voting time off grace period. Go to know moving forward.

The Voter registration verification tool is also very helpful. Thanks for taking the time to put all this awesome information together and sharing it with the community.

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