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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 3, 2018 04:40 PM
From: Senator Lisa M. Boscola
To: All Senate members
Subject: Employee Time off to Vote
I will be reintroducing legislation to allow employees up to 2 successive hours of time off to vote on an election day in the Commonwealth. Employers must be notified in advance and the individual must be registered to vote. I invite you to join me as a co-sponsor.

Employees in Pennsylvania have protections against retaliation - such as threats or termination - for voting, not voting, or for the selection of their vote under current state law. However, there is no requirement to provide leave to employees during a work day that falls on an election day.

Long voting lines on election days are common in both urban and suburban communities. As registered voters schedule their voting time within their workday, they factor in commutes, public transportation schedules and other unforeseen delays such as a broken voting machine at their location.

There are currently 29 states with laws allowing some form of employee time off to vote on election days. Please consider lending your support as a co-sponsor of this proposal. Prior co-sponsors to SB 284 were: Costa, Fontana, Schwank, Leach and Blake.

Introduced as SB379