Time Off Work for Employees to Vote

For certain elections, employers are required by law to allow time off for employees to vote (Minnesota Statues 204C.04 and 204C.08 Subd.1d).

Employees can provide a copy of this letter to their employer (PDF), which explains the right to time off.

Employers must provide time off to vote in the following elections:

  • Regularly scheduled election
  • An election to fill a vacancy in the office of United State senator or United States representative
  • An election to fill a vacancy in nomination for a constitutional office
  • An election to fill a vacancy in the office of state senator or state representative

Employers may choose to provide paid time off for voting in other elections as well. Encouraging employees to vote is an excellent way to promote civic engagement and our democracy.

Employees can take time off for the time necessary to vote without a reduction in pay.

Employees cannot be required to use personal leave or vacation time for the time off necessary to vote.

Employers cannot instruct employees of when during work hours employees are excused to go and vote.

Employers may request that employees provide notification as to when they will be gone and request that employees coordinate their absences so as to minimize adverse impact on the workplace.

A violation of this statute is a misdemeanor. Any complaints should be filed with the county attorney.