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What Are the Employee Voting Rights In Your State?

I was going to work up a post on employee voting rights and came across this excellent blog post by an employment lawyer who offers a rundown of the voting rules governing employers in all 50 states. It's so well written that I'll just link to it.

It contains quite a bit of fascinating data. For example, I've counted at least 16 states that do not have any laws requiring employees be given any time off to vote. These states include Delaware, Connecticut, North Carolina, Michigan and Oregon.

Of course, voting in Oregon is done by mail-in ballot only, so the employees there just need to find a mailbox. If you live in North Carolina, you can show up to the polls weeks in advance of election day to vote early. But in Virginia, another state without any laws that require employees be given time off to vote, early voting requires a valid excuse and most Virginians will be standing in line to vote on election day. So the voting rules can vary widely from state to state.

If you're an employer or employee who is unsure of the voting regulations and rights in your state, the blog post above is well worth a quick glance.

Remember to vote next Tuesday!

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