Each state has its own laws on whether or not an employer must provide employees with time off from work to vote. In Connecticut, for example, there is no law requiring employers to provide voting time off to employees. The same is true in Massachusetts unless you operate a manufacturing, mechanical or mercantile establishment. Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 149, Section 178 requires that these employers provide employees time off to vote during the two hour period after the polls open provided the employee requested such time off in advance. On this Election Day, polls in Massachusetts will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you operate a manufacturing, mechanical, or mercantile establishment and have specific questions about whether you must provide time off to an employee for voting, or have any other questions about voting time off, please contact any of the attorneys at Royal LLP at (413) 586-2288.