Workers In New York Are Entitled to Two Hours of Paid Time to Vote on Election Day

By Michele Moreno

New York State Election Law (NY CLS Elec § 3-110) mandates that if you do not have sufficient time to vote outside of your working hours, you may take time off up to two hours at the beginning or end of your shift with pay to vote.

“Sufficient time” is defined as four consecutive hours, either between the opening of the polls and the beginning of your work shift, or between the end of your working shift and the closing of the polls.

However, you must give your employer notice of your intention to take this paid time. You must give notice between two and ten days before election day.

Further, your employer is required to post notice of this law in the workplace in a clear and visible spot no less than ten working days before every election and until the close of polls on election day.

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