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District of Columbia Political Activity: What you need to know

There is no District of Columbia law that requires private employers to give employees paid or unpaid time off to vote on election days. However, regulations under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act prohibit deductions from the salaries of exempt employees for absences of less than a day for personal reasons (29 CFR Ch. V 541.118).
Employees of the D.C. government are entitled to administrative leave for the purpose of voting in any election or referendum on a community civic matter. If the polls are not open at least 3 hours either before or after an employee’s regular hours of work, the employee must be granted enough administrative leave to report for work 3 hours after the polls open or leave work 3 hours before the polls close, whichever requires the least amount of time away from work (DC Mun. Regs. Secs. 6-B1266.14, 6-B1266.15).
Last updated on August 17, 2017.

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