Georgia Political Activity: What you need to know

Under Georgia law, if the polls are not open at least 2 hours before or after the work shift, employees are entitled to take up to 2 hours off to vote in any local, state, or federal election or primary. The employee must give the employer reasonable notice that time off is needed to vote, and the employer may choose any 2 hours during which the polls are open. This law does not require employers to pay employees for this time (GA Code Sec. 21-2-404).
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Nonelective state officers and employees cannot be prohibited from holding any elective or appointive office of a state political subdivision or of a political party or political organization, provided that the office is not full time and does not conflict with the performance of the person's official duties as a state employee (GA Code Sec. 45-10-70).
Anyone who uses or threatens to use force and violence, or in any other way acts to intimidate another person to influence his or her vote or decision to vote, is guilty of a misdemeanor (GA Code Sec. 21-2-567).
Last reviewed April 2015.

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