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State Law Allows Paid Time Off To Vote

Sacramento, CA — Attorney General Bill Lockyer is reminding employers and workers that state law gives voters the right to take time off work without loss of pay in order to cast their ballot at a statewide election.

Although state law requires that polling places remain open from 7:00am until 8:00pm on Election Day, many California workers are unable to meet their work obligations and still find time to exercise their right to vote.

Lockyer says registered voters have the right to take up to two hours off work without loss of pay in order to cast a ballot.

In order to qualify, employees must meet several requirements, including providing two working days notice, taking the time at the beginning or the end of the work shift, and working a shift that prevents them from being able to vote without missing time at work.