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Election Day voting and political activity

From: Human Resources

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3. Virginia Tech is supportive of all employees exercising their right to vote in the upcoming elections.

For staff, Election Day has been added, effective this year as a staff-only holiday. Based on business needs, staff should work with their supervisor to schedule time off to observe the holiday or work and earn compensatory time. For other employees, supervisors are asked to work with them to so they can exercise this right. Likewise, employees are asked to work with their supervisor should their work hours need to be adjusted.

While the university encourages civic engagement, all political activity should be kept separate from the workplace. Political opinion should not be shared as a Zoom background, email tag line, poster, or in other forms in the workplace.

The Statement of Business Conduct Standards states the following under the Professional and Personal Integrity section:

“The university encourages interest in civic affairs. The only restriction placed upon such activities is that such activities not interfere with the employee’s job responsibilities. Employees must take care to ensure that their university related activities are kept separate from their political activities; it must be clear that they act as citizens in such activities, not as representatives of the university. Further, employees must not use university resources, including computer and network systems and university work time to promote political positions or political campaigns.”

For questions or concerns, contact the HR Service Center at hrservicecenter@vt.edu or at 540-231-9331.

For specific questions about voting, please contact your local Voter Registration office. Employees are encouraged to make a voting plan now. This includes deciding how, where, and when you will vote, including in-person voting on Election Day, early voting, and mail-in voting. Polling hours throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia are from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Election Day. As long as a voter is in line by 7 p.m., the voter will be able to vote.