Voting and leaves of absence policy reminder

CALS Human Resources would like to remind employees of the Leaves of Absence for Voting and Serving as an Election Official policy. There is also an associated UW–Madison Employee Request to Serve as an Election Official form, which an employee must submit if requesting leave to serve as an election official. 

Key Points from the policy: 

  • Voting – In the unlikely event that employees cannot vote outside of work hours, they may vote during their scheduled work hours as long as they provide their supervisor with a written request prior to election day. Employees can arrange a flexible schedule that will allow them to vote, use their earned paid leave, or take an unpaid leave of absence (if unable to adjust their schedule or use earned paid leave balances).
  • Serving as an Election Official – To serve as an election official, employees must submit a written leave request form at least seven days prior to election day. Employees shall be granted time off work for the entire 24-hour period of each election day and shall remain in pay status. The compensation employees receive for serving as an election official will be payroll deducted.
  • Scope of Policy – this policy applies to faculty, academic staff, limited appointees, and university staff.

Employees may direct any questions to their unit’s CALS HR Manager.