How does Oklahoma law ensure that the employers provide time for employees to vote?
In Oklahoma, employees who are registered to vote must be allowed up to two hours time off to vote on Election Day during a time when the polls are open. An employee must receive “sufficient time” to vote if more than two hours are required to vote. The employee must notify the employer the day before the election if time off to vote is needed, and the employer may specify what time the employee is given to take time off. The time off is paid with proof of voting.
An employee is excluded if the work day begins three hours or more after the polls open or ends three hours or more before the polls close. The employer may change the regular work schedule so that an employee will have the required three consecutive non-working hours off to vote. The employer must notify the employee which hours can be used to vote. (Okla. Stat. Ann. Title 26, Chapter 7-101). According to the statute, any employer who fails to comply with this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be fined not less than Fifty Dollars ($ 50.00) nor more than One Hundred Dollars ($ 100.00).