Participating in the Process

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  • City, County, and State employees may participate in political activities and contribute to campaigns.
  • City and County employees must take an unpaid leave of absence, use accrued overtime, or accrued vacation time to run for office with the entity which he/she is employed.
    • Use of leave, overtime, or vacation time from date of qualification until date when no longer seeking office.
  • Members of a candidate's immediate family (to second degree of kinship by blood or marriage) cannot serve as a polling official in any election which the relative-candidate is participating.
  • If reasonable notice is given to an employer, then an employee is entitled to a maximum of one hour absence (determined by employer) from work to vote on Election Day.
    • Exception: work shift starts at 9:00 a.m. or later or ends at 6:00 p.m. or earlier.