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Wis. Stat. § 6.76 requires all employers in Wisconsin to give employees up to three hours to vote on Election Day. 

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, employees must tell their employer before Election Day that they will be absent to vote. The employer can decide what time of day the employee can be excused to vote.

Employers do not have to pay employees for the time lost, but cannot discipline or penalize them in any other way.

Some corporations have moved to offer paid time off or reduce their hours on Election Day.

Wisconsin law also requires employees who become poll workers to receive an unpaid leave of absence on Election Day, if they give seven days’ notice. 

State employees who become election officials must continue to receive pay and benefits, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission.


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Hope Karnopp joined Wisconsin Watch as a reporting intern in May 2022. She is a journalism major and is pursuing certificates in public policy and environmental studies at UW-Madison. Hope previously covered state politics as an intern for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She also works with the Daily Cardinal and hosts a radio segment about campus news for WORT-FM, which has been recognized by the Milwaukee Press Club.