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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: December 8, 2022 09:31 AM
From: Representative MaryLouise Isaacson
To: All House members
Subject: Your Vote Shouldn't Cost Your Job
Voting to choose who represents us is a powerful and fundamental right in our country. Still, many people, due to the demands of their work schedule, are unable to find time to vote. When faced with the opportunity to vote, and the necessity of providing for themselves and their family, most people must choose the latter.
It doesn’t need to be this way. My bill will authorize two hours of time off work on an election day if an employee does not have enough time to vote before or after work. Leave from work to vote could be provided at the beginning or end of the regular workday, or at a different time that both the employer and employee agree upon. Employees would be required to provide adequate notice of leave before taking time off, and employers may request a proof of voting or the attempt to vote from the employee.
Democracy is at its best when more people participate. Employees should be able to vote without compromising their livelihoods or disrupting normal business operations. I believe that this simple and commonsense legislation would accomplish this.
Please consider co-sponsoring this important legislation to ensure that no one has to choose between exercising their right to vote, or a paycheck.

Introduced as HB220