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H.R. 882: 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 ...

Sponsor and status

Matthew 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)

Introduced on Jan 30, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on January 30, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jan 30, 2019

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H.R. 882 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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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.

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