Workers in Washington State have a right to take up to 2 hours off to vote while the polls are open, if they didn't have enough time to get an absentee ballot after they're told their work schedule for election day.

Bosses can either:

  • arrange workers' schedules so that they have at least 2 hours outside of work (not counting meal or rest breaks) when the polls are open
  • give workers up to 2 hours (paid) to vote during their work shift
  • tell workers their work schedule for election day far enough in advance that they can get an absentee ballot

It's a good idea to keep proof that you voted that you can give your boss.

The law: Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 49.28.120