Wyoming Voters Guaranteed Time Off to Vote

By: Jeremy Downing
By: Jeremy Downing

WYOMING - Wyoming Secretary of State Max Maxfield reminds employers that Wyoming law requires that employees be given one hour off to vote on Election Day. However, the law does not apply to employees with three or more consecutive non-working hours during the time polls are open, and there are exceptions for some federal agencies.

"The Secretary of State's Office receives a number of inquiries about this issue every election year," said Peggy Nighswonger, State Election Director. "Under the statute, the hour off to vote shall not be a meal hour and may be selected at the convenience of the employer," she said.

"Employers who do not allow eligible employees time off to vote may be found in violation of W.S. 22-2-111 and may face a misdemeanor criminal charge, with a possible fine of up to one thousand dollars ($1,000)," Nighswonger noted.

Secretary of State Maxfield encourages employers and employees alike to be good citizens and exercise their right to participate in the election process. The Primary Election is August 19. Polls open 7:00 a.m. and remain open until all those in line at 7:00 p.m. have cast their ballot.


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