This year’s midterm elections are anticipated to bring out record numbers of voters. Both North Carolina and Texas report that the number of early voting ballots has surpassed 2014 totals. American workers will no doubt be tuned in to Election Day coverage from the moment the polls open until results are reported. In fact, a new survey released Tuesday from global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. found 29 percent of employers are seeing their employees request time off on November 6 specifically to vote or follow election coverage.

“While most companies are not experiencing any unusual increase in time-off requests, many workers will be laser-focused on election coverage that day, likely while they are at work. While official counts will not be reported until after the polls close, early voting tallies and exit polling news will keep workers glued to their computers, political podcasts, radios, and televisions,” said Andrew Challenger, Vice President of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

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