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About 60 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the 2016 presidential election, according to data from the United States Elections Project. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A record 44 percent of U.S. firms will give workers paid time off to vote Nov. 6, up from 37 percent in 2016, according to reports from the Society for Human Resources Management.

Millions of workers could be covered by such policies, and if they facilitate voting among people who otherwise wouldn’t, it could affect the outcome of contested races for the House and Senate — potentially even determine which party controls both chambers — as well as governor’s races in numerous states.

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