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New York Voting Leave

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New York employers must:

  • Pay for up to 2 hours of voting leave for any election for employees who do not have sufficient time to vote outside work hours, which means they do not have 4 consecutive hours to vote either from the opening of the polls to the beginning of their work shift, or between the end of the shift and the closing of the polls. The specific amount of paid time off needed (up to the 2-hour maximum) must be determined on a case-by-case basis, as waiting times at polling places, traffic conditions, and other factors may vary.
  • Allow employees with fewer than 4 consecutive nonwork voting hours to take off as much time from work as necessary (when added to their voting time outside working hours) to vote, but not more than 2 hours of the leave is required to be paid.
  • Post a notice setting forth the state’s voting leave requirements at least 10 working days before every election.

Unless an employer and employee otherwise agree, voting leave must be at the beginning or end of the work shift as designated by the employer.

In addition, employees must notify their employers of their need for time off to vote at least 2 working days before Election Day.

For additional information, please contact the New York State Board of Elections at 518-474-6220.

Please Note: The state laws summaries featured on this site are for general informational purposes only. In addition to state law, certain municipalities may enact legislation that imposes different requirements. State and local laws change frequently and, as such, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information featured in the State Laws section. For more detailed information regarding state or local laws, please contact your state labor department or the appropriate local government agency.

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