You Have Right to Leave Work to Vote on November 4


Expect bossman to be on your case about dipping out of work to cast your ballot on Tuesday, November 4? Refer him or her to Minnesota Statute 204C.04.

That law gives you the right to leave your place of employment for as long as it takes to take part in the democratic process.

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In fact, if your boss doesn't let you leave, they could be convicted of a misdemeanor!

Here's the statute:


Subdivision 1. Right to be absent. Every employee who is eligible to vote in an election has the right to be absent from work for the time necessary to appear at the employee's polling place, cast a ballot, and return to work on the day of that election, without penalty or deduction from salary or wages because of the absence. An employer or other person may not directly or indirectly refuse, abridge, or interfere with this right or any other election right of an employee.

Subd. 2. Elections covered. For purposes of this section, "election" means a regularly scheduled state primary or general election, an election to fill a vacancy in the office of United States senator or United States representative, or an election to fill a vacancy in the office of state senator or state representative.

Subd. 3. Penalty. A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor, and the county attorney shall prosecute the violation.

So, now you know -- "I'm too busy to vote" is no excuse! The legislature says so.

h/t -- Jonathan Reiner

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