Ohio Political Activity: What you need to know

Ohio law requires employers to give employees a “reasonable amount” of unpaid time off to vote in any election. Employers must also allow employees to serve as election officials on registration or election day. Violators of this law face a fine of up to $500 (OH Rev. Code Sec. 3599.06).
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It is unlawful for an employer to use threats, expressed or implied, to influence or attempt to influence an employee's political opinions or activities. The law also prevents employers from printing political messages on pay envelopes or posting information stating that work will cease or a plant will close if certain candidates are elected. Employers that violate the law could face a maximum fine of $1,000 (OH Rev. Code Sec. 3599.05).
State employees are prohibited from serving as officers in political organizations or taking part in politics other than voting or expressing political opinions. State employees may serve as precinct election officials, and they may use vacation time to serve. Employees in the classified service may not be harassed, threatened, or disciplined for giving, withholding, or refusing to support any party (OH Rev. Code Sec. 124.57, Sec. 124.60, Sec. 3501.22).

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