Any qualified elector shall on the day of the election be entitled to absent himself from any service or employment in which he is then engaged or employed, for a period of 2 consecutive hours (excluding any lunch or rest periods) between the time of opening and closing the polls. The qualified elector shall not because of so absenting himself be liable to any penalty, nor shall any deduction be made on account of the absence from his usual salary or wages; provided, that the foregoing shall not be applicable to any employee whose hours of employment are such that he has a period of 2 consecutive hours (excluding any lunch or rest periods) between the time of opening and closing the polls when he is not working for his employer. If, however, any employee fails to vote after taking time off for that purpose the employer, upon verification of that fact, may make appropriate deductions from the salary or wages of the employee for the period during which the employee is entitled to be absent from his employment. Presentation of a qualified elector’s receipt by an employee to his employer shall constitute proof of voting by the employee. Any person violating this section is guilty of an offense under 6.1207.History: 1977, PL 15-42 § 1.