Senate File 91 - Introduced SENATE FILE 91 BY COSTELLO A BILL FOR An Act relating to the time that polling places are open and 1 the time given to employees for the purpose of voting. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 1800XS (2) 89 ss/jh
S.F. 91 Section 1. Section 49.73, subsection 2, Code 2021, is 1 amended to read as follows: 2 2. All polling places where the candidates of or any public 3 question submitted by any one political subdivision are being 4 voted upon shall be opened at the same hour. The hours at 5 which the respective precinct polling places are to open shall 6 not be changed after publication of the notice required by 7 section 49.53 . The polling places shall be closed at 9:00 p.m. 8 for state primary and general elections and other partisan 9 elections, and for any other election held concurrently 10 therewith, and at 8:00 p.m. for all other elections. 11 Sec. 2. Section 49.109, Code 2021, is amended to read as 12 follows: 13 49.109 Employees entitled to time to vote. 14 Any person entitled to vote at an election in this state who 15 does not have three two consecutive hours in the period between 16 the time of the opening and the time of the closing of the polls 17 during which the person is not required to be present at work 18 for an employer, is entitled to such time off from work time to 19 vote as will in addition to the person’s nonworking time total 20 three two consecutive hours during the time the polls are open. 21 Application by any employee for such absence shall be made 22 individually and in writing prior to the date of the election, 23 and the employer shall designate the period of time to be 24 taken. The employee is not liable to any penalty nor shall any 25 deduction be made from the person’s regular salary or wages on 26 account of such absence. 27 EXPLANATION 28 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 29 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 30 This bill relates to the time given to employees for voting 31 and the times during which polls are open. The bill changes 32 the closing time for polling places in all elections to 8:00 33 p.m. Under current law, polling places close at 9:00 p.m. for 34 state primary and general elections, other partisan elections, 35 -1- LSB 1800XS (2) 89 ss/jh 1/ 2
S.F. 91 and other elections held concurrently therewith. 1 The bill also changes the number of consecutive hours that an 2 employee must be allowed to be away from work for the purposes 3 of voting during the time that polls are open from three hours 4 to two hours. 5 -2- LSB 1800XS (2) 89 ss/jh 2/ 2