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Election Day is a week from Tuesday and Wisconsinites who cannot vote before or after their jobs are entitled to up to three hours off.


Employers don't have to pay for it, and they can choose the hours. But they must provide the time off to any employee who asks in advance.

The little-known law has been on the books since 1945, and it's one of the most generous in the nation.

According to the National Federation of Independent Business, 20 states do not require employers to let their people vote during the work day

Fourteen others allow just one or two hours.

Neighboring Iowa allows three hours, just like Wisconsin.

Kentucky is the only state that offers more, with four.

Neighboring Minnesota requires a break for voting, but the time is not specified.

Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus is trying to make voters aware of the law.

She says people hardly ever use it, but this year would be a good time to do so.

The Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce doesn't mind.

In fact, the group says it normally reminds business owners of the law.

By the way, Alverno College of Milwaukee is among the few in the nation will close on Election Day for the first time.

Students at the all-women's college will be encouraged to vote and get involved in the process for the day.