Let Them Vote: SC businesses encouraged to provide time for employees to vote

South Carolina and all states appear to be in for a big voter turnout at the polls on November 3rd.  Long lines to vote are expected resulting in the voting process to possibly take hours.

With elections being an essential part of our democracy, employees should be encouraged to vote before November 3rd or provided time to vote on election day.

We encourage all South Carolina businesses to provide a copy of the below information to each of your employees regarding exercising their right to vote.

This information includes instructions on how to vote early in-person.

For your employees who are registered to vote and have not voted before November 3rd, we urge you to provide up to two (2) consecutive hours of paid or un-paid time off to enable them to vote on election day between the hours of 7AM and 7PM, when polls will be open.

Should you not be able to compensate employees if they must take time off to vote, we encourage you to adjust work schedules to allow the employees to not lose any hours during that pay period.

Together South Carolina businesses support our democratic process.

Thank you.

Information for employees

Instructions for Voting on OR before November 3rd

As a valued employee of the business, we encourage you to exercise your right to vote on or before November 3, 2020.

All South Carolina registered voters may vote in person before November 3rd by visiting your county voter registration office Monday through Friday.  Some counties have more than one location for in-person voting before November 3rd and some have Saturday hours.

Check with your county voter registration office.

Please remember to bring one of these photo ID’s with you to vote before or on November 3rd:

  • SC Driver’s License
    • Includes standard license and REAL ID
  • SC Department of Motor Vehicles ID Card
    • Includes standard ID card and REAL ID
    • Includes SC Concealed Weapons Permit
  • SC Voter Registration Card with Photo
  • Federal Military ID
    • Includes all Department of Defense Photo IDs and Veterans Affairs Benefits Card
  • US Passport
    • Includes US Passport ID Card

If you have not already voted before November 3rd and are scheduled to work that day, please notify your supervisor that you would like to have time to vote.

You and your supervisor will schedule up to 2 consecutive hours for you to vote during the polling hours (7AM-7PM).

You must notify your supervisor by Wednesday, October 28th, with your request to vote on election day and your need to have time off to do so.



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