All employers must grant employees up to 2 hours of leave time in which to vote. If an employee is so far from their voting place that more than 2 hours are required in which to vote, the employee must be allowed a sufficient time in which to cast a ballot
(OK Stat. Tit. 26 Sec. 7-101).
Employees who take leave to vote may not be subject to any loss of compensation or other penalty for taking such leave. Any employer that violates the law is guilty of a misdemeanor.
Notice. An employee must notify the employer the day before the election, either orally or in writing, of the employee's intention to be absent to vote. An employer may select the hours that employees may take to vote, but the employer must then notify employees which hours they may take to vote.
Exceptions. An employee may not take leave to vote if the employee's work day begins 3 hours or more after the opening of the polls, or ends 3 hours or more before the closing the polls. An employer may change the employee's work hours to allow for 3 hours of voting time after the opening or before the close of the polls.
Reviewed April 2015.