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Employers Must Give Workers Time Off To Vote–It Is The Law In Wisconsin

June 5, 2012

Do not let the long lines deter you from voting.  You can vote during the business day.

If a long wait at your polling place made you late for work, or if you decided to vote later because you’d be late for work, rest assured that Wisconsin law is supposed to protect your job.

The law states that every person qualified to vote is entitled to up to 3 hours out of the work day to acccomplish the task, but only with advance notice to their employer.

You don’t get paid for the time spent voting, but you’re not supposed to suffer any other consequence for exercising your franchise.

The pertinent statute reads: 

Time off for voting.

6.76(1)(1) Any person entitled to vote at an election is entitled to be absent from work while the polls are open for a period not to exceed 3 successive hours to vote. The elector shall notify the affected employer before election day of the intended absence. The employer may designate the time of day for the absence.

6.76(2) (2) No penalty, other than a deduction for time lost, may be imposed upon an elector by his or her employer by reason of the absence authorized by this section.

6.76(3) (3) This section applies to all employers including the state and all political subdivisions of the state and their employees, but does not affect the employees’ right to holidays existing on June 28, 1945, or established after that date.

6.76 History History: 1977 c. 394; 1991 a. 316.

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