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      house Committees
      House Committee on Education and the Workforce
      Workforce Protections
    IntroducedJune 13th, 2013

What is it?

 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

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.

    Making Election Day a public holiday (or at least a partial one) will show people the importance of voting and raise voter turnout.
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    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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    Too many people will abuse this. They will take the time and just go home or do something other than vote.
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    I believe it should be a national holiday because it is a important part of being Americans. With early voting these days I don’t things it’s necessary as it was in the 60’s,70’s&80’s.
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