Why Give Paid Time Off to Vote?

We know that not being able to take time off to vote (or not being aware of time off to vote policies) can be a barrier for potential voters. While a little less than half of states require employers to offer paid time off to vote, the rest do not. Offering unpaid time off to vote can also help but makes employees choose between voting and their paycheck.

Nonprofits can make a difference by leading with policies that ensure all of their employees have access to the ballot box. In addition to publicizing election deadlines, helping voters make a plan, and encouraging folks to vote, making sure their aware of your time off to vote policies can be key. This year, we encourage nonprofits to consider including early voting in their time off to vote policies to help alleviate long lines at the polls on Election.