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Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Contact: OPM Office of Communications
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM Issues Suggested 2020 Election Flexibilities for Federal Workers

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released today a memorandum providing agencies with information on the Federal Government’s longstanding policy to grant employees limited time off from work to vote in Federal, State, county, or municipal elections.

In addition to excused absence for voting, the memorandum encourages agencies to permit Federal employees to make use of available flexibilities to volunteer as a nonpartisan poll worker, participate in early voting, or to receive an excused absence if their polling place requires an extended commute and voting by absentee ballot is not permitted.

The complete memorandum can be read here.


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