Arizona Workers Get Time Off To Vote

Published: Monday, November 3, 2014 - 7:22am
Updated: Monday, November 3, 2014 - 11:36am

Even though many Arizonans will have already voted by Election Day tomorrow, there are those who still enjoy going to the polls in person. And state law requires they be given the time off from work to do so.

Arizona’s voting leave rights law guarantees workers three consecutive hours to go vote. It also requires employers to adjust work schedules if an employee’s shift on Election Day doesn’t allow for that amount of time off.

John Balitis, who practices labor and employment law at the Phoenix firm Fennemore Craig, says even though there doesn’t seem to be a problem with employers not giving their workers time off, there is still a need for this law.

"Because we have a segment of voters that want to do that for whatever reason, I don’t think a statute like this will ever become obsolete. Because people who want to go through the process and have the experience of casting their vote, then always should have adequate time to do it," Balitis said.
Balitis says Arizona’s law is similar to other states’ - 35 have laws governing time off for workers to vote.

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