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Get out, vote

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

In an effort to increase voter turnout, City Council will consider a resolution today that asks employers to give their employees a break. A press release from the office of Council Member Delia Garza, who sponsored the resolution, explains: “State law requires employers in Texas to allow employees to leave work to vote on Election Day, with pay, if the employee does not have sufficient time outside working hours. Council Member Garza’s resolution encourages employers to take the lead this election season, and ensure their employees can leave work with pay to vote on Election Day or during early voting, which starts on October 22.” The press release also notes the resolution is in line with other civic efforts. Capital Metro will offer free rides on public transit on Election Day in even-numbered years. And, “Travis and Williamson Counties also use countywide voting centers, so voters can choose from any open polling place in their county, rather than taking the risk of showing up at the wrong precinct location. City of Austin employees have been allowed to take administrative leave hours to vote on Election Day, and this year, the City will begin allowing leave during early voting as well.”

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