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H.R. 882 (116th): Time Off to Vote Act

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About the bill

Should we allow employees time off work to vote on Election Day?


When Pew Research Center asked people who were registered to vote but hadn’t why they didn’t, 14% cited inability to get time off work or fit voting into their schedules.

More than half of states mandate businesses allow their employees a small amount of time off work to vote on Election Day, while 23 require that time off be paid.

However, there is no federal law requiring a similar policy nationally. And many of the states with no current state-level policy are swing states, including Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.

What the bill does

The Time Off to Vote Act would provide all employees with two hours of paid leave on Election Day for …

Sponsor and status

Matthew “Matt” Cartwright

Sponsor. Representative for Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 30, 2019
Length: 5 pages
Jan 30, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 30, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


32 Cosponsors (32 Democrats)



Jan 30, 2019

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 882 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 882. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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