Election Day is fast approaching - Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Like most states, Minnesota has a law that protects employees' rights to be absent from work for a sufficient amount of time to be able to vote. Under the Minnesota law, employees have the right to "be absent from work for the time necessary to appear at the employee's polling place, cast a ballot, and return to work on the day of the election." Obviously the amount of time each employee may need depends on the employee's commute to/from work and their individual polling places, which may vary considerably. Companies cannot interfere with this right, nor deduct from an employee's pay, vacation or PTO because of the absence. Previously this right was limited to a reasonable time off work the morning of the election, but this was changed to allow for flexibility (for employers and employees alike) for the necessary time off to be taken at differing times throughout Election Day.