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The opening and closing times for polling locations vary from state to state and in the District of Columbia. In some states, polling hours vary by city or county. In those states that conduct elections by mail, there are postmark deadlines and deadlines by which voters can drop off their ballots in person. Some states permit voters who are in line at closing time to cast a ballot, but that provision can vary by jurisdiction. The information on this page applies to statewide and national elections.

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State-by-state poll times

Poll times map and table

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The table below shows poll opening and closing times by state. For more detailed, state-by-state information, see below.

State-by-state details

The table below shows poll opening and closing times by state. Also included are important notes about polling times and links to polling place locators.

Polling hours by state State Polling hours(all times local) Notes Find your polling place Alabama 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.[1] Most of Alabama falls within the Central time zone. Portions of eastern Alabama, including Phenix City and some surrounding areas, observe Eastern time as opposed to Central time.[2] Alabama polling locations Alaska 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.[3] Alaska polling locations Arizona 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.[4] Arizona generally observes Mountain Standard Time; however, the Navajo Nation observes daylight saving time. Because of this, Mountain Daylight Time is sometimes observed in Arizona. Arizona polling locations Arkansas 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.[5] Arkansas polling locations California 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.[6] California polling locations Colorado 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.[7] Poll times apply to those who chose to vote in person on Election Day, since Colorado is an all-mail voting state. Colorado polling locations Connecticut 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.[8] Connecticut polling locations Delaware 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.[9] Delaware polling locations District of Columbia 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.[10] District of Columbia polling locations Florida 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.[11] Florida polling locations Georgia 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.[12] In all cities having a population of 300,000 or more, polling places remain open until 8 p.m. for municipal general elections.[13] Georgia polling locations Hawaii 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.[14] Hawaii polling locations Idaho 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.[15] Polling places may open at 7 a.m. at the discretion of the county clerk.[16] Idaho polling locations Illinois 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.[17] Illinois polling locations Indiana 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.[18] Indiana polling locations Iowa 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.[19] Iowa polling locations Kansas 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.[20] Counties are given the discretion to open polls prior to 7 a.m. or close polls after 7 p.m. Kansas polling locations Kentucky 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.[21] Kentucky polling locations Louisiana 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. (7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for Saturday elections)[22] Louisiana polling locations Maine 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.[23] Polling places in municipalities with a population of less than 500 open between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.; those in municipalities with a population of 500 or more open between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. All polling places close at 8 p.m.[23] Maine polling locations Maryland 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.[24] Maryland polling locations Massachusetts 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.[25] Municipalities can open polling places as early as 5:45 a.m. All polling places are required to remain open for at least 13 hours.[26] Massachusetts polling locations Michigan 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.[27] Michigan polling locations Minnesota 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.[28] Municipalities with fewer than 500 registered voters can open polling places as late as 10 a.m. Minnesota polling locations Mississippi 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.[29] Mississippi polling locations Missouri 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.[30] Missouri polling locations Montana 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.[31] Polling places having fewer than 400 registered voters are open from at least noon to 8 p.m., or until all registered voters in any precinct have voted, at which time that precinct’s polling place has to be closed immediately. Montana polling locations Nebraska 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Central time zone); 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Mountain time zone)[32] Nebraska polling locations Nevada 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.[33] Nevada polling locations New Hampshire Varies by municipality[34] Polls must open at 11 a.m. or earlier and cannot close before 7:00 p.m.[35] New Hampshire polling locations New Jersey 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.[36] New Jersey polling locations New Mexico 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.[37] New Mexico polling locations New York 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. (general elections); primary times vary by county[38] For primary elections, polling places open at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. Eastern time in New York City and the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, and Erie. Polling places open at noon and close at 9 p.m. in all other counties. For general elections, polling places open at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. in the entire state.[39] New York polling locations North Carolina 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.[40] The hours can be extended if polling times are delayed or interrupted by more than 15 minutes.[41] North Carolina polling locations North Dakota Open between 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.; close between 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.[42] North Dakota polling locations Ohio 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.[43] Ohio polling locations Oklahoma 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.[44] Oklahoma polling locations Oregon No polling hours (vote-by-mail) Oregon is an all-mail voting state. A voter is able to vote on Election Day at a local municipal clerk’s office. All ballots must be received by 8 p.m. Pacific time.[45] Oregon polling locations Pennsylvania 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.[46] Pennsylvania polling locations Rhode Island 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.[47] Opening times for the presidential preference primary and the statewide primary elections are allowed to be later than 7 a.m.[47] Rhode Island polling locations South Carolina 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.[48] South Carolina polling locations South Dakota 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.[49] South Dakota polling locations Tennessee Varies by county[50] At least 15 days prior to the election, each county determines the opening time for polling places in that county. Polling places in the eastern time zone close at 8 p.m., while polling places in the central time zone close at 7 p.m.[50] Tennessee polling locations Texas 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.[51] Texas polling locations Utah 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.[52] Utah polling locations Vermont Open between 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.; close at 7 p.m.[53] Vermont polling locations Virginia 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.[54] Virginia polling locations Washington Poll opening hours vary; close at 8 p.m. (most voting done by mail) Washington conducts most of its voting by mail. Ballots must be postmarked no later than Election Day. They can also be returned to a designated ballot drop box or returned in person to the county elections department by 8 p.m. on Election Day.[55] Washington polling locations West Virginia 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.[56] West Virginia polling locations Wisconsin 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.[57] Wisconsin polling locations Wyoming 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.[58] Wyoming polling locations

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Time zone note: Arizona and Hawaii do not observe Daylight Saving Time (DST). Thirteen states have multiple time zones. Idaho and Oregon are split between the Mountain and Pacific time zones. Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Texas are divided between Central and Mountain time zones. Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee are split between Eastern and Central time zones (most of Indiana is in the Eastern time zone). Alaska is divided between the Alaska time zone and the Hawaii-Aleutian time zone.

Voting policies in the states

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See also

  • Ballotpedia’s Front page
  • Elections
  • Elections calendar
  • Election results, 2021

Past poll opening and closing times

  • State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2020)
  • State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2019)
  • State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2018)
  • State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2017)

Footnotes

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