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Voting Leave


As the 2014 elections approach, it will become impossible to miss the signs lining the roads throughout Maryland and the radio and television advertisements that bombard our airwaves promoting candidates for a variety of elected positions. 

With elections come Maryland-specific employee leave entitlements. Maryland law requires employers to provide employees who are registered voters leave to vote in Maryland elections. Such leave must be paid and is only required if the employees do not otherwise have two hours of continuous off-duty time to vote during the period that polls are open. An employee utilizing such leave must provide their employer with proof that they voted, and the leave entitlement is limited to two hours. Further, employers are permitted to specify the time during the day that voting leave may be taken.