Policy 506 - Voting Leave

Section: Leave
Policy Number: 506
Responsible Office: HR/HR Services
Effective Date: 4/1/01
Revised: 9/1/08; 6/13/19; 4/3/20


This policy applies to all full-time and part-time administrators, staff and faculty who are registered voters.


New York Election Law provides up to two hours of paid time off to vote when an employee does not have sufficient time to vote outside their working hours. An employee is deemed to have sufficient time to vote if the employee has at least four consecutive hours between the opening of the polls and the beginning of their working shift, or four consecutive hours between the end of their working shift and the closing of the polls.

The employee shall be allowed time off to vote only at the beginning or end of their working shift, as the supervisor may designate, unless otherwise mutually agreed.

Employees must notify their supervisor at least two working days before the day of the election that they require time off to vote, but not more than 10 working days before the election.

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