Under Massachusetts law, some employers must give an employee up to two hours off to vote if the employee requests it. The employee does not have to be paid for this time but should be allowed a two-hour absence after the opening of the polls in the employee's voting precinct.
The law reads:
Chapter 149: Section 178 Leave of absence from work for voting
No owner, superintendent or overseer in any manufacturing, mechanical or mercantile establishment shall employ or permit to be employed therein any person entitled to vote at an election, during the period of two hours after the opening of the polls in the voting precinct, ward or town in which such person is entitled to vote, if he shall make application for leave of absence during such period.