OPM: Give Employees Time Off to Vote

Federal employees should be granted excused absences to vote on Election Day if polls are not open at least three hours before or after an employee’s regular work shift, the Office of Personnel Management has said in a new memo. 

The government has a longstanding policy of granting employees limited time off to vote in federal, state, county, or municipal elections, OPM Acting Director Beth Cobert said in an Oct. 17 memorandum to agency heads. 

Generally, the government’s policy is to allow employees to report to work three hours after polls open or leave from work three hours before polls close if an employee’s regular work schedule conflicts with the voting times.  

AFGE strongly supports granting excused absences for the purpose of voting in the election and actually believes the government’s policy should go even further, National President J. David Cox Sr. said. 

“We believe that Election Day should be a federal holiday for everyone, because after all, nobody should ever have to choose between voting and earning a living,” said Cox. 

AFGE recommends that public employees who are represented by a union check their collective bargaining agreements (CBAs). In many of the contracts, AFGE fought to include language that ensures agencies accommodate workers who need additional time to vote on Election Day.

Recent AFGE News:

AFGE Condemns Racism, Asks America to Come Together to Defeat Hate

August 18, 2017

Unions are about standing up for all workers, regardless of their race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or political views. As one of the most diverse unions in the country that represents workers from all walks of life and various backgrounds, we are infuriated by what occurred in Charlottesville.

Read More

Happy 101st Birthday, National Park Service!

August 18, 2017

To commemorate the National Park Service's 101st anniversary, let's go behind the scenes and get to know the people whose job is to protect America's national treasures and make your visit an enjoyable and memorable one.

Read More

Join AFGE Today


Problem with the website? 

Tell us here


Event Calendar is for Members Only. Please Log In to see our calendar of events.


SUBSCRIBE Latest news & info