Federal employees may be given excused absence to “train and serve as a non-partisan election official to assist in the proper and orderly voting and procedures at polling stations,” OPM has said.
Such time off is to be granted “to the maximum extent possible while accounting for the responsibilities and duties to carry out the agency mission. This is an encouragement by management that if employees want to volunteer to be a non-partisan election official on November 3, 2020, managers will try to accommodate the excused absence request where there are not negative impacts to critical missions,” a memo to agency says.
It adds: “Federal employees have a history of generously giving their time and talents to make positive contributions to their local communities and through their direct involvement in local community activities, federal employees have become an invaluable resource to our country. Historically, federal employees have been encouraged to make maximum use of the existing wide range of leave and work scheduling flexibilities available to them to perform community service, which may include service as poll workers.”
Further guidance is at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/leave-administration/fact-sheets/related-information/.
Excused Absence for Voting Reminder (Feb 2020)