What time do polls open and close on US Election Day 2020?
Election Day is upon us so be sure to know what time your polling site is open this is your last chance to get your vote in to make a difference.
The times the polls are open varies from state to state, and the coronavirus pandemic may alter when and where you normally cast your ballot. You can check where your local polling site is at Vote.gov.
Make sure to head to the polls with enough time that you won’t be left out of the line. If you are in the line before the polls close you will be able to stay in line and are entitled to vote.
Polls are generally open for 12 hours but don’t assume that is the case in your state. The best time to go is at lunch time since the heaviest traffic is usually in the morning before people go to work or in the evening when they get off. If you live in a state with a split time zone make sure to keep that in mind if have to cross it between home and work.
If you decided to vote with an absentee or mail-in ballot, you may want to know where your ballot is in the process.— USAGov (@USAGov) November 2, 2020
Many states allow you to track the status of your ballot online.
Go to your state or local election office to see if you can check now.
Be prepared before you go vote
See the list below for the times in your state, note that the times may be different than what is on the list so be sure to check with your local county clerk.
Did you change your clock to standard time?
If you haven’t adjusted all your clocks, remember that Sunday morning the clocks needed to be turned back an hour.
Are you registered?
Make sure that you check your voter registration status before you go. If you aren’t registered you may be able to do same day registration.
When you cast your vote, there may be rules about what you can and can’t bring to the polls.— USAGov (@USAGov) November 2, 2020
Whether it is notes you’ve written, your phone, or a sample ballot, check with your local election office first to find out what’s allowed before you go. https://t.co/uDcA4yvGMQ pic.twitter.com/Pq7YG6Lp0C
What do you need to bring with you?
Make sure to have any form of ID that may be request of you in order to vote. If you expect to wait in line be sure to bring any items necessary for the wait. Will you need a charger for your phone or any other device? What will the weather be like? Will you need a chair?
Good luck and happy voting. Be sure to take all the necessary precautions to avoid covid-19 infection. So remember to socially distance, wear a mask and bring hand sanitizer to clean your hands until you can wash them.
List of opening and closing times state by state
Alabama: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Alaska: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Arizona: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Arkansas: 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
California: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Colorado: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Connecticut: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Delaware: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
District of Columbia: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Florida: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Georgia: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Hawaii: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Idaho: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Illinois: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Indiana: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Iowa: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Kansas: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Kentucky: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Louisiana: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Maine: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Maryland: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Massachusetts: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Michigan: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Minnesota: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Mississippi: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Missouri: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Montana: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Nebraska: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Central time zone); 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Mountain time zone)
Nevada: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
New Hampshire: Varies by municipality
New Jersey: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
New Mexico: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
New York: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
North Carolina: 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
North Dakota: Open between 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.; close between 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Ohio: 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Oklahoma: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Oregon: No polling hours (vote-by-mail)
Pennsylvania: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Rhode Island: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
South Carolina: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
South Dakota: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tennessee: Varies by county
Texas: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Utah: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Vermont: Open between 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.; close at 7 p.m.
Virginia: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Washington: Poll opening hours vary; close at 8 p.m. (most voting done by mail)
West Virginia: 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Wisconsin: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wyoming: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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