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Illinois Political Activity: What you need to know

Employers must allow 2 hours' paid time off for employees entitled to vote in a general or special election or an election at which propositions are submitted to popular vote (referendums).
The employer may specify the hours during which the employee may be absent, except that the employer must permit a 2-hour absence during working hours if the employee's working hours begin less than 2 hours after the opening of the polls and end less than 2 hours before the closing of the polls.
Employees who intend to take time off to vote must notify the employer prior to election day (10 ILCS 5/17-15).
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Election judges. Employers with more than 25 employees must allow employees time off to serve as election judges but are not required to allow more than 10 percent of employees to be absent on election day. Employees must give employers written notice at least 20 days in advance for leave time to serve as election judges. Employers cannot penalize employees for taking leave to serve as election judges but can reduce their pay for the time they are absent from work (10 ILCS 5/13-2.5).
Under the Local Governmental Employees Political Rights Act, local governments and school districts are prohibited from inhibiting or prohibiting public employees from exercising their political rights. Political rights include the following activities:
• Petitioning
• Making public speeches
• Speaking out on public policy questions
• Distributing political literature
• Campaigning
• Making campaign contributions
• Seeking public office
Employees are also prohibited from using their official positions to coerce or inhibit others in the exercise of their political rights and from engaging in political ...

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