All employers must grant employees up to 2 hours of leave time in which to vote. If an employee is so far from his or her 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 his or her 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 of this decision.
Exceptions. An employee may not take leave to vote if the employee's work day begins 3 hours or more after polls open, or ends 3 hours or more before polls close. An employer may change the employee's work hours to allow for 3 hours of voting time either after polls open or before they close.
Last reviewed on August 17, 2017.