Alabama Political Activity: What you need to know

Employees are permitted to take "necessary time off" to vote in any municipal, county, state, or federal political party primary or election for which the employee is qualified and registered to vote. The necessary time off may not exceed 1 hour, and if the hours of work of the employee commence at least 2 hours after the opening of the polls or end at least 1 hour before the closing of the polls, the time off for voting must be taken during nonwork hours. An employee who wishes to take time off to vote must give reasonable notice to his or her employer. The employer may specify the hours during which the employee may absent himself or herself to vote (AL Stat. Sec. 17-1-5).
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Under Alabama law, employers are prohibited from intimidating, threatening, or otherwise coercing employees to vote a certain way and from demanding to know how employees voted (AL Code Sec. 17-17-44).
Appointed precinct election officials must be excused from their employment without penalty of loss of time for election day only in order to perform the duties of their positions. Employees must provide their employers with proper documentation of the appointment and the dates of the required service at least seven days before the expected absence. The absence does not have to be paid. This provision applies to employers with 25 or more employees (AL Code Sec. 17-8-13).
Employees of the state or any city or county within Alabama have the right to participate in city, county, and state political activities to the same extent as any other citizen of Alabama, including endorsing candidates and contributing to campaigns of their choosing.
Public employees also have the right to:
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