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District of Columbia Mayor to Weigh Paid Voting-Leave Bill

April 8, 2020, 4:30 PM

Employees in the District of Columbia could receive at least two hours of paid leave to vote on Election Day under a bill passed April 7 by the Council of the District of Columbia.

The measure (B23-0031) , which was passed at the council’s first-ever online legislative meeting, now goes to Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) to consider.

Under the proposed Leave to Vote Amendment Act of 2020, employers could decide if employees can take two hours of paid leave during early voting periods or on Election Day.

Were Bowser to sign the measure or approve it without her signature, the bill then would be sent to Congress for a 30-day review before it could be enacted.

Eligible students were granted a two-hour excused absence to vote under emergency and temporary legislation (A23-0251, A23-0277) that was enacted in March for voting in the June 2020 primary election and the general election in November.

To contact the reporter on this story: Christine Pulfrey in Washington at cpulfrey@bloombergtax.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Trimarchi at mtrimarchi@bloombergtax.com

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