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Nebraska Political Activity: What you need to know

Any registered voter is entitled to up to two hours' time off from work to vote, unless the employee has two consecutive hours of nonworking time while the polls are open. Time off, when added to the employee's nonworking time, must allow the employee two consecutive hours off when the polls are open.
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If the employee applies for this time off prior to or on election day, the employee cannot be subject to any penalty, and the absence will be paid. The employer may specify the particular time when the employee may be absent (NE Rev. Stat. Sec. 32-922).
Under Nebraska law, an employer may not coerce or attempt to coerce an employee in his or her voting or other political action at any caucus, convention, or election held in the state. Employers are also prohibited from attempting to influence the political action of their employees by threatening discharge or threatening to close its place of business if a particular issue is passed or defeated, or if a particular candidate or party wins or loses an election (NE Rev. Stat. Sec. 32-1537).
An employer may not coerce or threaten to discharge or coerce an employee because he or she is a state election official. Employers that violate this provision are subject to a mandatory fine of $500 upon conviction. In addition, employers may not dock an employee's pay, overtime pay, sick leave, or vacation time, or discharge or penalize the employee in any other way because of his or her service as a state election official. Violation of this provision constitutes a Class III felony (NE Rev. Stat. Sec. 32-1517).
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