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Time Off for Voting Rules in Iowa

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Iowa employers must provide employees with time off to vote in accordance with these state rules.

In Iowa, a person entitled to vote at a state election who does not have three consecutive nonworking hours to vote while the polls are open is entitled to take time off from work. The employee may not be penalized for taking time off to vote.

Paid time off rules: No deduction from an employee's regular salary or wages may be made for time taken off to vote.

Advance notice requirements: The employee who needs time off to vote must request the time off individually and in writing prior to election day. The employer will designate the period of time during which the employee may take time off to vote.

Amount of time off allowed: An employee may take the amount of time off that, when added to that person's nonworking time when the polls are open, will equal three consecutive hours.

Employer penalty for violation: Fine of $65 to $625 and/or jail up to 30 days.

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