Missouri law provides employees with three consecutive hours to vote on Election Day. This statute affects only employees who do not have three consecutive hours on Election Day to go to the polls and vote. Missouri polls are traditionally open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
If, for example, an employee has two consecutive hours after work to vote, then the employee would be entitled to leave an hour early from work, to total three consecutive hours to go to the polls and vote. An employer is allowed to specify what time the employee may leave work to vote and an employee must request leave prior to Election Day.
If an employee is eligible for time off to vote, an employer must grant the employee’s timely request and is prohibited from discharging or threatening to discharge the individual for requesting the time off. An employer who violates this law is guilty of a class 4 election offense.