Voting on Election Day
November 1, 2016
Voting on Election Day
All IU employees are encouraged to exercise their right to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Voting polls in each precinct open at 6 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. on Election Day. Staff employees whose work schedules prevent them from voting between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. may be allowed time off with pay to vote, up to a maximum of two hours.
Example: A work schedule of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. allows two hours to vote in the morning (6 to 8 a.m.) and one hour after work (5 to 6 p.m.). Therefore, a staff employee with this schedule would not receive any time off with pay to vote. A work schedule of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. allows 1.5 hours to vote either before or after work. An employee who works this type of schedule receives, if needed, one-half hour of time off with pay to vote.
This time off does not have to be made up or charged to vacation time or any other
previously earned time off for staff employees.
Policy on politics
IU employees are also encouraged to familiarize themselves with IU policies that govern the use of university resources with respect to political activities.
As a state-supported public university with a tax-exempt status under sections 115 and 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, IU may not participate or intervene in any political campaign and must prevent its resources from being used in any way that could appear to support a political campaign.
The university has formalized its previous guidelines into the university’s new policy for political campaign activities, which clarifies the types of activities that are permitted and those that are restricted. The policy helps ensure that IU's tax-exempt status is protected and that the university remains in compliance with its legal obligations.
"It is important to note that this policy is in no way intended to preclude, limit or discourage political activity or advocacy that you might wish to undertake as an individual. You have every right to do so as a citizen, and IU fully supports that right," said Mike Sample, the university's vice president for public affairs and government relations. "This policy is only meant to ensure that private political activity undertaken by members of the IU community does not make use of public university resources in support of that activity."
Contact Becca Polcz at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the policy.