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OPM Releases Policy on Excused Absence for Voting

The memorandum provides agencies with information on the Federal Government's longstanding policy of granting employees limited time off from work (i.e., excused absence) to vote in Federal, State, county, or municipal elections, or in referendums on any civic matter in their community. The head of each agency (or his/her designee) has discretion to grant excused absence in limited circumstances under his/her broad authority to govern, unless otherwise prohibited by law. Agencies have discretionary authority to grant excused absence to the extent that such time off does not interfere with agency operations, including the ability to adjust policies to circumstances as they unfold. Typically, polling places throughout the United States are open for extended periods of time, and an increasing number of jurisdictions are offering early voting options. Therefore, excused absence should rarely be needed. Agencies should consider the following guidelines when creating their policies on excused absence for voting in the upcoming election.

Click the link below to read the entire memorandum.

OPM's Memorandum on Excused Absence for Voting

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