Work Schedules and Voting

With the recent budget shortfall, state agencies are working with staffing shortages. Especially in these challenging times, it is critical that state employees exercise their opportunity to vote and help determine their future.

According to Oklahoma Statutes, Title 26, Section 7-101, “Every corporation, firm, association or individual hereinafter referred to as “employer” who, on election day, has a registered voter employed or in his service, shall grant the employee two hours of time during the period when the election is open in which to vote.”

Employees wishing to modify their work schedule in order to vote must notify their supervisor the day before the election. Agencies may select the hours to let workers off to vote. The law does not apply to employees whose work day begins three hours or more after the polls open or ends three hours or more prior to the time of the polls closing.

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