Time Off for Voting

Voters are entitled to a maximum of two (2) consecutive hours off from work, excluding lunch or rest periods, in order to vote. Voters shall not be subject to any penalty, rescheduling of normal hours, or deductions from salary or wages because of such absence.

The law does not apply to employees whose work hours include a period of two (2) consecutive hours while the polls are open when the employee is not working for the employer. Polling place hours are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

An employer may make appropriate deductions from the salary or wages of an employee who takes time off to vote but fails to do so during the time allotted. Retain your ballot stub as proof of voting.

To lessen the impact on your employer, it is recommended voting prior to work or one (1) hour prior to quitting time.


View printable Time Off for Voting FACTSHEET. For complete information, please refer to HRS §11-95.


Information is available in alternate formats. If you require special assistance call the Office of Elections at 808-453-VOTE (8683). Neighbor Islands may call toll free 1-800-442-VOTE (8683) or e-mail us at elections@hawaii.gov.