Do I Get A Day Off On Election Day? Here's What You Need To Know

Election day is just around the corner, and since it's been four years since the last presidential election, you might have a few questions you need answered. Even though election day is officially marked on all of your calendars (including your Apple ones), it's not a holiday during which business and banks are closed. 

Election day is Nov. 8, and even though it's not left off of your calendar, that unfortunately doesn't mean you will get the day off work. Thankfully, employers should be allowing their employees to leave work for a little bit in order to vote, since it's one of your rights, of course! However, each state has different laws about leaving work to vote, so you can check the Workplace Fairness website to find out what the voting-during-work laws and requirements are for your state. 

Even though it might be a nice break from work during the day to vote, often getting to the polls early, before work, means less time to wait in line, so planning your voting time might be a great strategy, especially if you live in a large city like New York or L.A. 

Finding your polling place can also be easier than it seems. When you search "how to find your polling place," Google automatically populates the search bar with the closet, local polling places. There are also several websites, including Head Count and Trigger the Vote, which can help you locate the polling place closest to you. 

So on Nov. 8, grab your co-workers and your cappuccinos for the perfect break from work (and to celebrate the end of election season)!

Images: Andrew Zaeh for Bustle 

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