Time off to vote

The mixture of a high-interest general and presidential election and a pandemic has Bexar County officials warning of record-breaking turnout — and longer wait times — at local polling sites.

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 3. Early voting runs from Oct. 13 to Oct. 30.

All UT Health San Antonio faculty and staff are eligible to take time off to vote on an election day for national, state and local elections when it isn’t possible to vote before or after normal working hours.

To take time off to vote, employees must first request approval by their supervisor. The time off will not cause a reduction in vacation allowance or salary if prior approval is received. Managers are expected to adjust scheduling as needed to allow employees the opportunity and time to vote, so it is recommended to look at scheduling well in advance to accommodate this issue.

There are 48 early voting sites planned in Bexar County and 285 polling sites will be open on election day. For more information on hours and locations, see the Bexar County Elections Department.

Check if you’re registered to vote here. The last day to register to vote is Oct. 5.

For more information on the university’s voting time-off policy, please see the Handbook of Operating Procedures, policy 4.7.19.

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