Friday, October 22, 2004

If I could find someone foolish enough to take the bet, I'd lay money that turnout in this election will set records. So, sure you can go to vote after you get off work. And yes, as long as you're in line by 7:00, the polling place must stay open until you vote. But let's not make a potentially chaotic day worse. Vote early. Or vote mid-morning. Or go at 2:30. And consider asking for time off to vote earlier in order to ease the burden on busy urban polls at the end of the day.
On Thursday, Karl Unswerth posted this information on the Change for Missouri ListServ:
Is this news to anyone other than me?
Missouri law guarantees an employee up to 3 hours PAID time to go and vote. You do have to request the time off in advance.
The fine for not allowing this is 2500.00 (from another source).
We need to spread it around to employers.
115.639. 1. Any person entitled to vote at any election held within this state shall, on the day of such election, be entitled to absent himself from any services or employment in which he is then engaged or employed, for a period of three hours between the time of opening and the time of closing the polls for the purpose of voting, and any such absence for such purpose shall not be reason for the discharge of or the threat to discharge any such person from such services or
employment; and such employee, if he votes, shall not, because of so absenting himself, be liable to any penalty or discipline, nor shall any deduction be made on account of such absence from his usual salary or wages; provided, however, that request shall be made for such leave of absence prior to the day of election, and provided further, that this section shall not apply to a voter on the day of election if there are three successive hours while the polls are open in which he is not in the service of his employer. The employer may specify any three hours between the time of opening and the time of closing the polls during which such employee may absent himself.
2. Any employer violating this section shall be deemed guilty of a class four election offense.
Click here to see the state website.
This is a link to the laws in other states.


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