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In New York State, a registered voter may, without loss of pay for up to three hours, take off so much working time as will enable him or her to vote at any election.

The employee shall be allowed time off for voting only at the beginning or end of his or her working shift, as the employer may designate, unless otherwise mutually agreed.

If the employee requires working time off to vote the employee shall notify his or her employer not less than two working days before the day of the election that he or she requires time off to vote in accordance with the provisions of this section.

Not less than ten working days before every election, every employer shall post conspicuously in the place of work where it can be seen as employees come or go to their place of work, a notice setting forth the provisions of this section. Such notice shall be kept posted until the close of the polls on election day.

If you wish to volunteer for a political campaign or as a poll worker, you can request time off from your employer through the usual process.

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