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house Bill H.R. 2350

Paid Time Off to Vote in Federal Elections

Argument in favor

People should never feel like they can't cast a ballot because they don't have time. Employers should not give workers one more excuse not to vote by withholding compensation for the time it takes to go to the polls.

Ivy's Opinion
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02/02/2017
Presidential election only comes once a 4 years. This is important to boost turn out
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Argument opposed

Employees shouldn’t be paid for voting during work hours — they can go after work, or find early voting options in their state. Plus, there’s no guarantee that workers will even use paid hours to vote.

Lindsay's Opinion
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04/28/2016
There are no excuses for not voting. Early voting, mail in voting, polls are open early and close late. Just do it.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
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      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Workforce Protections
    IntroducedJune 13th, 2013

What is House Bill H.R. 2350?

 H.R. 2350 — Time Off To Vote Act — requires all employers give workers 2 hours of paid leave to vote during federal elections on election day. The bill would only apply to companies that employ more than 25 workers throughout the calendar year.

Employers who restrict their workers from taking paid leave as outlined by the act would be penalized. The bill also lends authority to the Secretary of Labor to investigate claims of such violations.


If a business is found guilty of violating the bill, the cost per violation could be as much as $10,000.
A company’s record of violations, as well as its size would determine how much an employer pays in penalties.

Impact

People who work for companies with 25 employees or more, those businesses, local polling places, voter turnout, federal candidates, the Department of Labor, and the Secretary of Labor.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2350

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information


26 states have already passed similar measures to H.R. 2350, or measures that require employers to give time off to vote. But in 19 states, there are no laws that require employers give their workers time off to vote. Without such laws, the concern is that employers will create an environment that prohibits workers from voting. And even if employers do allow for time off, low-income employees might not want to give up 2 to 3 hours of pay needed to vote.


Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) Press Release


Time Off For Voting by State (NOLO)

(Photo Credit: Slate)

AKA

Time Off to Vote Act

Official Title

To provide employees with 2 hours of paid leave in order to vote in Federal elections.

    It should be a protected right
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    Voting should be a national holiday.
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    Presidential election only comes once a 4 years. This is important to boost turn out
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    apply this to all workers, minimum wage hourly workers as well as salaried workers.
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    There are no excuses for not voting. Early voting, mail in voting, polls are open early and close late. Just do it.
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    The right to vote is what makes America who she is. At minimum, since we don't have a 24 hour window, but a short amount of time on Election Day to vote, no one should not get to due to work. Even though they "could have voted early," does not negate the more important issue in that, they now want to but cannot due to work needs. And in all honesty, 2 hours of work every 4 years will not completely kill companies. In fact, it would make very little impact on the companies, but much larger impact on voter turn out!
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