5 Nov 2016

American Samoans reminded they can take two hour voting break

11:12 am on 5 November 2016

Employers in American Samoa have been reminded of local election laws, which allow registered voters, to go to the polls on November 8 to cast their ballots.

In a memo to government entities regarding time-off for employees, the governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga pointed to local law, in which a qualified elector for general election is entitled to be absent from his or her place of employment for two consecutive hours for the purpose of casting their vote.

Voters are also protected from having their wages deducted for being absent during that time.

The two hour absence excludes any lunch or rest periods.

The governor says that it is up to various management personnel to see that absences are staggered in a manner to ensure no interruption of government services.

Lolo also reminded the public that the law is the same for any employees who are qualified electors regardless of their place of employment.