Do you have to work tomorrow, or can you leave and go vote?


Since the election of 44th President Barack Obama, there have been improved turnouts of voters, especially¬†within the black community. Many citizens don’t know that 40 states will allow you to have paid time off to go and vote. This shows how important voting is within the community. However, this is not completely the case in Arkansas.

According to the Employment law handbook,

Arkansas law requires an employer to schedule time so each employee has sufficient time to vote on the day of the election. The law does not require an employer to pay an employee for any time off granted to an employee to vote.

An employer that does not comply provide employees sufficient time off to vote can be fined not less than $25.00 nor more than $250.00. Arkansas Stat. 7-1-102

Your employer must allow you the time to go vote but is not required by law to compensate you for the voting leave. If you find this information useful, please share with your friends and family.

Here are some additional tips from the Secretary of State here in Arkansas, Mark Martin. You can find answers to the following questions:

  1. How do I vote?
  2. Where do I vote?
  3. What is a vote absentee?
  4. What is Provisional voting?
  5. What to expect after voting.
  6. A list of your elected officals.







Arkansas – Leave Laws

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