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Does your boss have to give you time off to vote?

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MAPLEWOOD, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Long lines for absentee voting in St. Louis County have some people wondering if you are allowed time off work to vote.

St. Louis County election officials say around 1500 people per day are showing up to vote, a number that is expected to rise to 2,000 before Election Day. A News 4 crew noticed a wait of around 30 to 40 minutes on Tuesday and on some days, the wait has been one hour long.

Under the law, your employer must give you time off to vote, but it doesn’t mean it has to be in the middle of a shift.

On Election Day, the polls are open from 6;00 a.m.- 7;00 p.m. Illinois allows early voting, but Missouri only allows absentee voting, in which you must state a reason for casting an absentee ballot such as being out of town on Election Day, religious reasons, or a physical disability that would prevent you from voting on Election Day.

For more on Missouri and Illinois law allowing time off to vote, click here.

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