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Time to Vote: Nebraska Voting Laws

Nebraska law requires an employer to provide an employee with paid leave to cast their vote if the employee does not have two consecutive hours to vote while the polls are open. Nebraska polls are traditionally open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

If an employee requests leave prior to, or on, Election Day, the employee cannot be penalized by the employer and no deductions from pay can be made. The employer may, however, specify the hours during which the employee may be absent to vote.

It is a class 4 felony for an employer to coerce an employee in his or her voting or political action or to attempt to influence an employee’s political action by threats or retaliation.

An employee serving as an official election worker must be permitted to serve without loss of pay. An employer may, however, deduct from that employee’s wages an amount equal to the compensation paid to the employee by the County for the election service. Violation of this statute is a class 5 misdemeanor.