Recently Signed Election Bill Includes Time Off for Voting

March 11, 2021

Current Iowa law allows employees time off for voting in certain circumstances. The current law reflects poll opening and closing times at 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. respectively and requires employees to have a three-hour window. SF 413 made many changes to elections and absentee voting. During the legislative process, an amendment was offered and accepted that changed the poll closing time to 8 p.m. As part of that change, the hours required for time off went from three hours to two hours. ABI has no position on the overall bill but wanted to make you aware of this change.