What Time Do The Polls Close On Tuesday? Don't Be Late To Cast Your Vote

Nov. 8 is nearly here, and for everyone who didn't get a chance to vote early, it is your last chance to cast your ballot for the presidential candidate of your choice (as well as a multitude of other very important issues). But since Election Day is not a federal holiday, and many folks will still be juggling their regular weekday duties with their civic ones, it's important to know exactly when the polls will open and close. Poll closing times vary by state, but luckily for us, Ballotpedia has compiled each state's poll opening and closing times, all according to their local time zones.

Many states have standard 12-hour voting windows that start no earlier than 6 a.m. and end no later than 9 p.m., but of course there are those states that like to give you a little extra time. For example, Massachusetts law mandates that towns can open their polls as early as 5:45 a.m. and must be open for at least 13 hours. New York hosts one of the longest polling days at 15 hours. On the other hand, voters need to really step to it in Hawaii, with only 11 hours of ballot-casting time.

Mail-in ballot states like Oregon and Washington also have closing times that mark the latest possible time voters can drop their ballots off in designated drop boxes or in person at local elections offices.

No matter where or when you plan on casting your vote, be sure to check and double check your state's poll opening and closing times. Look for your state below and get out your vote!

  • Alabama: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Alaska: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Arizona: 6 a.m. to 8 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.
  • Florida: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Georgia: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Hawaii: 7 a.m. to 6 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. CT/ 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. MT
  • Nevada: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • New Hampshire: Polling hours vary but generally close at 7 p.m.
  • 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: Polling hours vary but generally close between 7 and 9 p.m.
  • Ohio: 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.  
  • Oklahoma: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Oregon: Ballots must be received by 8 p.m.
  • 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: Poll opening times vary by county, but all close at 8 p.m. ET. 
  • Texas: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Utah: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
  • Vermont: Polls open between 5 and 10 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. 
  • Virginia: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Washington: Ballots must be received by 8 p.m.
  • Washington D.C.: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
  • 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.

What are you waiting for? Get out there and vote! 

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