The Green Papers
2008 Poll Closing Times
for Statewide offices and Congress
Primary Elections Chronologically

Primary Elections Chronologically
4 November 2008 General Election Alphabetically
4 November 2008 General Election Chronologically
4 November 2008 Electoral College Chronologically

 
Copyright www.flags.net/UNST.htm UTC Eastern Central Mountain Pacific Alaska Hawaii
Tuesday 5 February 2008
Illinois - Primary & Special Primary CD 140100
UTC
8:00p
EST
7:00p
CST
6:00p
MST
5:00p
PST
4:00p
AKST
3:00p
ALST
3:00p
HIST
Tuesday 12 February 2008
Maryland - Primary0100
UTC
8:00p
EST
7:00p
CST
6:00p
MST
5:00p
PST
4:00p
AKST
3:00p
ALST
3:00p
HIST
Tuesday 4 March 2008
Ohio - Primary2330
UTC
6:30p
EST
5:30p
CST
4:30p
MST
3:30p
PST
2:30p
AKST
1:30p
ALST
1:30p
HIST
Texas - Primary (CST) *A0100
UTC
8:00p
EST
7:00p
CST
6:00p
MST
5:00p
PST
4:00p
AKST
3:00p
ALST
3:00p
HIST
Texas - Primary (MST) *A0200
UTC
9:00p
EST
8:00p
CST
7:00p
MST
6:00p
PST
5:00p
AKST
4:00p
ALST
4:00p
HIST
Saturday 8 March 2008
Illinois - Special Election House CD 40100
UTC
8:00p
EST
7:00p
CST
6:00p
MST
5:00p
PST
4:00p
AKST
3:00p
ALST
3:00p
HIST
Louisiana - First Special Party Primary House CDs 1 & 60200
UTC
9:00p
EST
8:00p
CST
7:00p
MST
6:00p
PST
5:00p
AKST
4:00p
ALST
4:00p
HIST
Sunday 9 March 2008
Puerto Rico - Primary1900
UTC
3:00p
EDT
2:00p
EST
2:00p
CDT
1:00p
MDT
12:00p
MST
12:00p
PDT
11:00a
AKDT
10:00a
ALDT
9:00a
HIST
Tuesday 11 March 2008
Indiana - Special Election House CD 7 (EST) *A2300
UTC
7:00p
EDT
6:00p
EST
6:00p
CDT
5:00p
MDT
4:00p
MST
4:00p
PDT
3:00p
AKDT
2:00p
ALDT
1:00p
HIST
Mississippi - Primary0000
UTC
8:00p
EDT
7:00p
EST
7:00p
CDT
6:00p
MDT
5:00p
MST
5:00p
PDT
4:00p
AKDT
3:00p
ALDT
2:00p
HIST
Indiana - Special Election House CD 7 (CST) *A0000
UTC
8:00p
EDT
7:00p
EST
7:00p
CDT
6:00p
MDT
5:00p
MST
5:00p
PDT
4:00p
AKDT
3:00p
ALDT
2:00p
HIST
Tuesday 1 April 2008
Mississippi - Primary Run-off (CD 1 D & R; CD 3 R)0000
UTC
8:00p
EDT
7:00p
EST
7:00p
CDT
6:00p
MDT
5:00p
MST
5:00p
PDT
4:00p
AKDT
3:00p
ALDT
2:00p
HIST
Saturday 5 April 2008
Louisiana - Second Special Party Primary (Runoff) House CD 1 (R) & CD 6 (D & R)0100
UTC
9:00p
EDT
8:00p
EST
8:00p
CDT
7:00p
MDT
6:00p
MST
6:00p
PDT
5:00p
AKDT
4:00p
ALDT
3:00p
HIST
Tuesday 8 April 2008
Texas - Run-off (CD 22-R; CD 32-D; Railroad Commissioner-D) (CDT) *A0000
UTC
8:00p
EDT
7:00p
EST
7:00p
CDT
6:00p
MDT
5:00p
MST
5:00p
PDT
4:00p
AKDT
3:00p
ALDT
2:00p
HIST
Texas - Run-off (CD 22-R; CD 32-D; Railroad Commissioner-D) (MDT) *A0100
UTC
9:00p
EDT
8:00p
EST
8:00p
CDT
7:00p
MDT

6:00p
MST
6:00p
PDT
5:00p
AKDT
4:00p
ALDT
3:00p
HIST
California - Special Primary House CD 20300
UTC
11:00p
EDT
10:00p
EST
10:00p
CDT
9:00p
MDT
8:00p
MST
8:00p
PDT
7:00p
AKDT
6:00p
ALDT
5:00p
HIST
Tuesday 22 April 2008
Pennsylvania - Primary0000
UTC
8:00p
EDT

7:00p
EST
7:00p
CDT
6:00p
MDT
5:00p
MST
5:00p
PDT
4:00p
AKDT
3:00p
ALDT
2:00p
HIST
Mississippi - Special Primary House CD 10000
UTC
8:00p
EDT
7:00p
EST
7:00p
CDT
6:00p
MDT
5:00p
MST
5:00p
PDT
4:00p
AKDT
3:00p
ALDT
2:00p
HIST
Saturday 3 May 2008
Louisiana - Special General House CDs 1 & 60100
UTC
9:00p
EDT
8:00p
EST
8:00p
CDT
7:00p
MDT
6:00p
MST
6:00p
PDT
5:00p
AKDT
4:00p
ALDT
3:00p
HIST
Tuesday 6 May 2008
Indiana - Primary (EDT) *A2200
UTC
6:00p
EDT

5:00p
EST
5:00p
CDT
4:00p
MDT
3:00p
MST
3:00p
PDT
2:00p
AKDT
1:00p
ALDT
12:00p
HIST
Indiana - Primary (CDT) *A2300
UTC
7:00p
EDT
6:00p
EST
6:00p
CDT
5:00p
MDT
4:00p
MST
4:00p
PDT
3:00p
AKDT
2:00p
ALDT
1:00p
HIST
North Carolina - Primary *S0030
UTC
8:30p
EDT

7:30p
EST
7:30p
CDT
6:30p
MDT
5:30p
MST
5:30p
PDT
4:30p
AKDT
3:30p
ALDT
2:30p
HIST
Tuesday 13 May 2008
West Virginia - Primary2330
UTC
7:30p
EDT

6:30p
EST
6:30p
CDT
5:30p
MDT
4:30p
MST
4:30p
PDT
3:30p
AKDT
2:30p
ALDT
1:30p
HIST
Mississippi - Special Runoff House CD 10000
UTC
8:00p
EDT
7:00p
EST
7:00p
CDT
6:00p
MDT
5:00p
MST
5:00p
PDT
4:00p
AKDT
3:00p
ALDT
2:00p
HIST
Nebraska - Primary (CDT) *S0100
UTC
9:00p
EDT
8:00p
EST
8:00p
CDT
7:00p
MDT
6:00p
MST
6:00p
PDT
5:00p
AKDT
4:00p
ALDT
3:00p
HIST
Nebraska - Primary (MDT) *S0100
UTC
9:00p
EDT
8:00p
EST
8:00p
CDT
7:00p
MDT

6:00p
MST
6:00p
PDT
5:00p
AKDT
4:00p
ALDT
3:00p
HIST
Tuesday 20 May 2008
Kentucky - Primary (EDT) *A2200
UTC
6:00p
EDT

5:00p
EST
5:00p
CDT
4:00p
MDT
3:00p
MST
3:00p
PDT
2:00p
AKDT
1:00p
ALDT
12:00p
HIST
Kentucky - Primary (CDT) *A2300
UTC
7:00p
EDT
6:00p
EST
6:00p
CDT
5:00p
MDT
4:00p
MST
4:00p
PDT
3:00p
AKDT
2:00p
ALDT
1:00p
HIST
Arkansas - Primary0030
UTC
8:30p
EDT
7:30p
EST
7:30p
CDT
6:30p
MDT
5:30p
MST
5:30p
PDT
4:30p
AKDT
3:30p
ALDT
2:30p
HIST
Oregon - Primary (MDT) *A0200
UTC
10:00p
EDT
9:00p
EST
9:00p
CDT
8:00p
MDT

7:00p
MST
7:00p
PDT
6:00p
AKDT
5:00p
ALDT
4:00p
HIST
Oregon - Primary (PDT) *A0300
UTC
11:00p
EDT
10:00p
EST
10:00p
CDT
9:00p
MDT
8:00p
MST
8:00p
PDT
7:00p
AKDT
6:00p
ALDT
5:00p
HIST
Tuesday 27 May 2008
Idaho - Primary (MDT) *A0200
UTC
10:00p
EDT
9:00p
EST
9:00p
CDT
8:00p
MDT

7:00p
MST
7:00p
PDT
6:00p
AKDT
5:00p
ALDT
4:00p
HIST
Idaho - Primary (PDT) *A0300
UTC
11:00p
EDT
10:00p
EST
10:00p
CDT
9:00p
MDT
8:00p
MST
8:00p
PDT
7:00p
AKDT
6:00p
ALDT
5:00p
HIST
Tuesday 3 June 2008
New Jersey - Primary0000
UTC
8:00p
EDT

7:00p
EST
7:00p
CDT
6:00p
MDT
5:00p
MST
5:00p
PDT
4:00p
AKDT
3:00p
ALDT
2:00p
HIST
Alabama - Primary0000
UTC
8:00p
EDT
7:00p
EST
7:00p
CDT
6:00p
MDT
5:00p
MST
5:00p
PDT
4:00p
AKDT
3:00p
ALDT
2:00p
HIST
South Dakota - Primary (CDT) *A
New Mexico - Primary0100
UTC
9:00p
EDT
8:00p
EST
8:00p
CDT
7:00p
MDT

6:00p
MST
6:00p
PDT
5:00p
AKDT
4:00p
ALDT
3:00p
HIST
South Dakota - Primary (MDT) *A
Iowa - Primary0200
UTC
10:00p
EDT
9:00p
EST
9:00p
CDT
8:00p
MDT
7:00p
MST
7:00p
PDT
6:00p
AKDT
5:00p
ALDT
4:00p
HIST
Montana - Primary0200
UTC
10:00p
EDT
9:00p
EST
9:00p
CDT
8:00p
MDT

7:00p
MST
7:00p
PDT
6:00p
AKDT
5:00p
ALDT
4:00p
HIST
California - Primary0300
UTC
11:00p
EDT
10:00p
EST
10:00p
CDT
9:00p
MDT
8:00p
MST
8:00p
PDT
7:00p
AKDT
6:00p
ALDT
5:00p
HIST
Tuesday 10 June 2008
South Carolina - Primary2300
UTC
7:00p
EDT

6:00p
EST
6:00p
CDT
5:00p
MDT
4:00p
MST
4:00p
PDT
3:00p
AKDT
2:00p
ALDT
1:00p
HIST
Virginia - Primary
Maine - Primary *S0000
UTC
8:00p
EDT

7:00p
EST
7:00p
CDT
6:00p
MDT
5:00p
MST
5:00p
PDT
4:00p
AKDT
3:00p
ALDT
2:00p
HIST
Arkansas - Runoff (if necessary)0030
UTC
8:30p
EDT
7:30p
EST
7:30p
CDT
6:30p
MDT
5:30p
MST
5:30p
PDT
4:30p
AKDT
3:30p
ALDT
2:30p
HIST
North Dakota - Primary (CDT) *A0200
UTC
10:00p
EDT
9:00p
EST
9:00p
CDT
8:00p
MDT
7:00p
MST
7:00p
PDT
6:00p
AKDT
5:00p
ALDT
4:00p
HIST
North Dakota - Primary (MDT) *A0300
UTC
11:00p
EDT
10:00p
EST
10:00p
CDT
9:00p
MDT

8:00p
MST
8:00p
PDT
7:00p
AKDT
6:00p
ALDT
5:00p
HIST
Tuesday 17 June 2008
Maryland - Special Election House CD 40000
UTC
8:00p
EDT

7:00p
EST
7:00p
CDT
6:00p
MDT
5:00p
MST
5:00p
PDT
4:00p
AKDT
3:00p
ALDT
2:00p
HIST
South Dakota - Secondary Election (CDT) *A0000
UTC
8:00p
EDT
7:00p
EST
7:00p
CDT
6:00p
MDT
5:00p
MST
5:00p
PDT
4:00p
AKDT
3:00p
ALDT
2:00p
HIST
South Dakota - Secondary Election (MDT) *A0100
UTC
9:00p
EDT
8:00p
EST
8:00p
CDT
7:00p
MDT

6:00p
MST
6:00p
PDT
5:00p
AKDT
4:00p
ALDT
3:00p
HIST
Tuesday 24 June 2008
South Carolina - Runoff (CD 4-R)2300
UTC
7:00p
EDT

6:00p
EST
6:00p
CDT
5:00p
MDT
4:00p
MST
4:00p
PDT
3:00p
AKDT
2:00p
ALDT
1:00p
HIST
North Carolina - Runoff - Commissioner of Labor (D) *S0030
UTC
8:30p
EDT

7:30p
EST
7:30p
CDT
6:30p
MDT
5:30p
MST
5:30p
PDT
4:30p
AKDT
3:30p
ALDT
2:30p
HIST
Utah - Primary0200
UTC
10:00p
EDT
9:00p
EST
9:00p
CDT
8:00p
MDT

7:00p
MST
7:00p
PDT
6:00p
AKDT
5:00p
ALDT
4:00p
HIST
Tuesday 15 July 2008
Georgia - Primary2300
UTC
7:00p
EDT

6:00p
EST
6:00p
CDT
5:00p
MDT
4:00p
MST
4:00p
PDT
3:00p
AKDT
2:00p
ALDT
1:00p
HIST
Alabama - Runoff (CD 2 R, CD 5 R)0000
UTC
8:00p
EDT
7:00p
EST
7:00p
CDT
6:00p
MDT
5:00p
MST
5:00p
PDT
4:00p
AKDT
3:00p
ALDT
2:00p
HIST
Tuesday 29 July 2008
Oklahoma - Primary0000
UTC
8:00p
EDT
7:00p
EST
7:00p
CDT
6:00p
MDT
5:00p
MST
5:00p
PDT
4:00p
AKDT
3:00p
ALDT
2:00p
HIST
Tuesday 5 August 2008
Georgia - Primary Runoff (Senate-D)2300
UTC
7:00p
EDT

6:00p
EST
6:00p
CDT
5:00p
MDT
4:00p
MST
4:00p
PDT
3:00p
AKDT
2:00p
ALDT
1:00p
HIST
Michigan - Primary (EDT) *A0000
UTC
8:00p
EDT

7:00p
EST
7:00p
CDT
6:00p
MDT
5:00p
MST
5:00p
PDT
4:00p
AKDT
3:00p
ALDT
2:00p
HIST
Missouri - Primary0000
UTC
8:00p
EDT
7:00p
EST
7:00p
CDT
6:00p
MDT
5:00p
MST
5:00p
PDT
4:00p
AKDT
3:00p
ALDT
2:00p
HIST
Kansas - Primary (CDT) *A0100
UTC
9:00p
EDT
8:00p
EST
8:00p
CDT
7:00p
MDT
6:00p
MST
6:00p
PDT
5:00p
AKDT
4:00p
ALDT
3:00p
HIST
Michigan - Primary (CDT) *A
Kansas - Primary (MDT) *A0200
UTC
10:00p
EDT
9:00p
EST
9:00p
CDT
8:00p
MDT

7:00p
MST
7:00p
PDT
6:00p
AKDT
5:00p
ALDT
4:00p
HIST
Thursday 7 August 2008
Tennessee - Primary (EDT) *S0000
UTC
8:00p
EDT

7:00p
EST
7:00p
CDT
6:00p
MDT
5:00p
MST
5:00p
PDT
4:00p
AKDT
3:00p
ALDT
2:00p
HIST
Tennessee - Primary (CDT) *S0000
UTC
8:00p
EDT
7:00p
EST
7:00p
CDT
6:00p
MDT
5:00p
MST
5:00p
PDT
4:00p
AKDT
3:00p
ALDT
2:00p
HIST
Tuesday 12 August 2008
Connecticut - Primary0000
UTC
8:00p
EDT

7:00p
EST
7:00p
CDT
6:00p
MDT
5:00p
MST
5:00p
PDT
4:00p
AKDT
3:00p
ALDT
2:00p
HIST
Colorado - Primary0100
UTC
9:00p
EDT
8:00p
EST
8:00p
CDT
7:00p
MDT

6:00p
MST
6:00p
PDT
5:00p
AKDT
4:00p
ALDT
3:00p
HIST
Nevada - Primary0200
UTC
10:00p
EDT
9:00p
EST
9:00p
CDT
8:00p
MDT
7:00p
MST
7:00p
PDT
6:00p
AKDT
5:00p
ALDT
4:00p
HIST
Tuesday 19 August 2008
Wyoming - Primary0100
UTC
9:00p
EDT
8:00p
EST
8:00p
CDT
7:00p
MDT

6:00p
MST
6:00p
PDT
5:00p
AKDT
4:00p
ALDT
3:00p
HIST
Washington - Primary0300
UTC
11:00p
EDT
10:00p
EST
10:00p
CDT
9:00p
MDT
8:00p
MST
8:00p
PDT
7:00p
AKDT
6:00p
ALDT
5:00p
HIST
Tuesday 26 August 2008
Florida - Primary (EDT) *A2300
UTC
7:00p
EDT

6:00p
EST
6:00p
CDT
5:00p
MDT
4:00p
MST
4:00p
PDT
3:00p
AKDT
2:00p
ALDT
1:00p
HIST
Florida - Primary (CDT) *A0000
UTC
8:00p
EDT
7:00p
EST
7:00p
CDT
6:00p
MDT
5:00p
MST
5:00p
PDT
4:00p
AKDT
3:00p
ALDT
2:00p
HIST
Oklahoma - Runoff Primary (no runoffs for Federal or Statewide offices)
Alaska - Primary (AKDT) *A0400
UTC
12:00a
EDT
11:00p
EST
11:00p
CDT
10:00p
MDT
9:00p
MST
9:00p
PDT
8:00p
AKDT

7:00p
ALDT
6:00p
HIST
Alaska - Primary (ALDT) *A0500
UTC
1:00a
EDT
12:00a
EST
12:00a
CDT
11:00p
MDT
10:00p
MST
10:00p
PDT
9:00p
AKDT
8:00p
ALDT
7:00p
HIST
Tuesday 2 September 2008
Arizona - Primary Election0200
UTC
10:00p
EDT
9:00p
EST
9:00p
CDT
8:00p
MDT
7:00p
MST
7:00p
PDT
6:00p
AKDT
5:00p
ALDT
4:00p
HIST
Saturday 6 September 2008
Guam - Primary1000
UTC
6:00a
EDT
5:00a
EST
5:00a
CDT
4:00a
MDT
3:00a
MST
3:00a
PDT
2:00a
AKDT
1:00a
ALDT
12:00a
HIST
Tuesday 9 September 2008
Vermont - Primary *S2300
UTC
7:00p
EDT

6:00p
EST
6:00p
CDT
5:00p
MDT
4:00p
MST
4:00p
PDT
3:00p
AKDT
2:00p
ALDT
1:00p
HIST
Delaware - Primary0000
UTC
8:00p
EDT

7:00p
EST
7:00p
CDT
6:00p
MDT
5:00p
MST
5:00p
PDT
4:00p
AKDT
3:00p
ALDT
2:00p
HIST
District of Columbia - Primary
New Hampshire - Primary *S
New York - Primary *S0100
UTC
9:00p
EDT

8:00p
EST
8:00p
CDT
7:00p
MDT
6:00p
MST
6:00p
PDT
5:00p
AKDT
4:00p
ALDT
3:00p
HIST
Rhode Island - Primary *S
Minnesota - Primary *S0100
UTC
9:00p
EDT
8:00p
EST
8:00p
CDT
7:00p
MDT
6:00p
MST
6:00p
PDT
5:00p
AKDT
4:00p
ALDT
3:00p
HIST
Wisconsin - Primary
Saturday 13 September 2008
Virgin Islands - Primary2300
UTC
7:00p
EDT
6:00p
EST
6:00p
CDT
5:00p
MDT
4:00p
MST
4:00p
PDT
3:00p
AKDT
2:00p
ALDT
1:00p
HIST
Tuesday 16 September 2008
Massachusetts - Primary *S0000
UTC
8:00p
EDT

7:00p
EST
7:00p
CDT
6:00p
MDT
5:00p
MST
5:00p
PDT
4:00p
AKDT
3:00p
ALDT
2:00p
HIST
Saturday 20 September 2008
Hawaii - Primary0400
UTC
12:00a
EDT
11:00p
EST
11:00p
CDT
10:00p
MDT
9:00p
MST
9:00p
PDT
8:00p
AKDT
7:00p
ALDT
6:00p
HIST
Saturday 4 October 2008
Louisiana - First Party Primary0100
UTC
9:00p
EDT
8:00p
EST
8:00p
CDT
7:00p
MDT
6:00p
MST
6:00p
PDT
5:00p
AKDT
4:00p
ALDT
3:00p
HIST
Tuesday 14 October 2008
Ohio - Special Primary House CD 12330
UTC
7:30p
EDT

6:30p
EST
6:30p
CDT
5:30p
MDT
4:30p
MST
4:30p
PDT
3:30p
AKDT
2:30p
ALDT
1:30p
HIST
Tuesday 18 November 2008
Virgin Islands - Run-off Election (no offices on this site are affected)2300
UTC
6:00p
EST
5:00p
CST
4:00p
MST
3:00p
PST
2:00p
AKST
1:00p
ALST
1:00p
HIST
Ohio - Special Election House CD 10030
UTC
7:30p
EST
6:30p
CST
5:30p
MST
4:30p
PST
3:30p
AKST
2:30p
ALST
2:30p
HIST
American Samoa - Gubernatoral Runoff0500
UTC
12:00a
EST
11:00p
CST
10:00p
MST
9:00p
PST
8:00p
AKST
7:00p
ALST
7:00p
HIST
Tuesday 25 November 2008
Mississippi - Special Runoff Senate Class 10100
UTC
8:00p
EST
7:00p
CST
6:00p
MST
5:00p
PST
4:00p
AKST
3:00p
ALST
3:00p
HIST
Tuesday 2 December 2008
Georgia - General Election Runoff (Senate)0000
UTC
7:00p
EST
6:00p
CST
5:00p
MST
4:00p
PST
3:00p
AKST
2:00p
ALST
2:00p
HIST
Saturday 6 December 2008
Louisiana - Open General (CDs 2 and 4)0200
UTC
9:00p
EST
8:00p
CST
7:00p
MST
6:00p
PST
5:00p
AKST
4:00p
ALST
4:00p
HIST
No activity
Northern Marianas(no activity)
 
 

Notes

Polling places in states that span multiple time zones will close either synchronously or asynchronously.

  • (Note *S) With synchronized closing, all the polls close at the same GMT/UTC time. For states with multiple time zones-- when polls close in the advanced local time zone, they will close one hour earlier in the lagging local time zone.
  • (Note *A) With asynchronous closing, the polls close at different GMT/UTC times in different parts of the state. Media outlets might decide to declare a winner before all the polls have closed.

Alaska Primary: Polls close asynchronously on Tuesday 26 August 2008 at 8:00p AKDT (0400 UTC) / 8:00p ALDT (0500 UTC). Alaska Time covers most of the state except for the Aleutian Islands west of Umnak Island (approximately half of Aleutian Islands). The media considers Alaska's polls to close at 8 PM Alaska Time and, thus, considers the State "callable" after that hour.

Florida Primary: Polls close asynchronously on Tuesday 26 August 2008 at 7:00p EDT (2300 UTC) / 7:00p CDT (0000 UTC). Relatively small portions of this state are in CDT and so the vast majority of the polls are closed by the time indicated EDT.

Idaho Primary: Polls close asynchronously on Tuesday 27 May 2008 at 8:00p MDT (0200 UTC) / 8:00p PDT (0300 UTC). Local option allows polling places to open at 7 AM. A sizable part of IDAHO is in PDT but, as the MDT section is the much more populated portion of the state, the networks consider that "most of the polls in IDAHO" are closed by 8 PM MDT.

Indiana Special Election: Polls close asynchronously on Tuesday 11 March 2008 at 6:00p EST (2300 UTC) / 6:00p CST (0000 UTC). Although much of this state is in CST, the majority of the polls are closed by the time indicated EST when the networks feel they can project.

Indiana Primary: Polls close asynchronously on Tuesday 6 May 2008 at 6:00p EDT (2200 UTC) / 6:00p CDT (2300 UTC). Although much of this state is in CDT, the majority of the polls are closed by the time indicated EDT when the networks feel they can project.

Kansas Primary: Polls close asynchronously on Tuesday 5 August 2008 at 8:00p MDT (0200 UTC) / 8:00p CDT (0100 UTC). Polls must be open at least 12 continuous hours. They may open no earlier than 6 AM local time and close no later than 8 PM local time. Most polls in the State close at either 7 pm or 8 pm local time in the Central Time Zone by local option; the remaining polls in the Mountain Time Zone close at either 6 pm or 7 pm local time by local option. The time noted as the "official" poll closing time is the statutory poll closing time and is that at which the networks generally consider the polls in the State to have closed.

Kentucky Primary: Polls close asynchronously on Tuesday 20 May 2008 at 6:00p EDT (2200 UTC) / 6:00p CDT (2300 UTC). Poll closing time could be rather problematic in KENTUCKY. A large chunk of the state is in CDT [but the networks consider that "most of the polls have closed" in KENTUCKY by 6 PM EDT and so, if they can, project at the same time they project INDIANA]. CDT voters in KENTUCKY may note the networks' willingness/eagerness to project a winner as early as 6 PM EDT.

Maine Primary: Polls close synchronously on Tuesday 10 June 2008 at 8:00p EDT (0000 UTC). Voting places open between 6:00a EDT and 10:00a EDT depending on the size of the town.

Massachusetts Primary: Polls close synchronously on Tuesday 16 September 2008 at 8:00p EDT (0000 UTC). By local option, municipalities may open their polls as early as 5:45 a.m.

Michigan Primary: Polls close asynchronously on Tuesday 5 August 2008 at 8:00p EDT (0000 UTC) / 8:00p CDT (0100 UTC). Relatively small portions of this state are in CDT and so the vast majority of the polls are closed by the time indicated EDT, when the networks feel they can project.

Minnesota Primary: Polls close synchronously on Tuesday 9 September 2008 at 8:00p CDT (0100 UTC). Voting begins at 10:00 AM in some townships.

Nebraska Primary: Polls close synchronously on Tuesday 13 May 2008 at 8:00p CDT (0100 UTC) / 7:00p MDT (0100 UTC). The polls open and close at the same GMT/UTC time, that is, polls open and close at a particular local time in the advanced time zone and open and close one hour earlier local time in the lagging time zone.

New Hampshire Primary: Polls close synchronously on Tuesday 9 September 2008 at 8:00p EDT (0000 UTC). Polls must open by 11 AM however most open between 7 AM and 8 AM. NEW HAMPSHIRE permits its 13 cities to keep their polls open until 8 PM EDT by local option- however, as there ARE only 13 cities among New Hampshire's 234 County subdivisions [the 221 "non-cities", of course, being the proverbial New England Town(ship)], the fact is that the vast majority of NH's polls have closed by 7 PM EDT and the networks have no problem considering this hour as the earliest hour of potential projection.

New York Primary: Polls close synchronously on Tuesday 9 September 2008 at 9:00p EDT (0100 UTC). Polls are open from 6:00a to 9:00p in NYC and the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Erie. All other counties, polls are open from 12:00 noon - 9:00p.

North Carolina Primary: Polls close synchronously on Tuesday 6 May 2008 at 8:30p EDT (0030 UTC). NORTH CAROLINA allows its County Boards of Elections to decide whether to keep polls open until 8:30 p.m. EDT but, outside of metropolitan areas, this local option is not often utilized and so 7:30 p.m. EDT is the networks' earliest time of projection beacuse the vast majority of that state's polls will have closed by that hour.

North Carolina Runoff - Commissioner of Labor (D): Polls close synchronously on Tuesday 24 June 2008 at 8:30p EDT (0030 UTC). NORTH CAROLINA allows its County Boards of Elections to decide whether to keep polls open until 8:30 p.m. EDT but, outside of metropolitan areas, this local option is not often utilized and so 7:30 p.m. EDT is the networks' earliest time of projection beacuse the vast majority of that state's polls will have closed by that hour.

North Dakota Primary: Polls close asynchronously on Tuesday 10 June 2008 at 9:00p CDT (0200 UTC) / 9:00p MDT (0300 UTC). Voting places open between 7:00a to 12:00n and remain open until 7:00p to 9:00p depending on the size of the town. The western half of the state is in MDT but that is, of course, the more sparsely populated part of the state, so it is not as problematic to the networks as might be otherwise suggested by simple geography.

Oregon Primary: Polls close asynchronously on Tuesday 20 May 2008 at 8:00p MDT (0200 UTC) / 8:00p PDT (0300 UTC). OREGON is the reverse of the norm because the by far largest portion of the state is in the lagging time zone and the networks have no choice but to not consider the OREGON polls closed until 8 PM PDT.

Rhode Island Primary: Polls close synchronously on Tuesday 9 September 2008 at 9:00p EDT (0100 UTC). Polls open 7a to 9a by location.

South Dakota Primary: Polls close asynchronously on Tuesday 3 June 2008 at 7:00p CDT (0000 UTC) / 7:00p MDT (0100 UTC).

South Dakota Secondary Election: Polls close asynchronously on Tuesday 17 June 2008 at 7:00p CDT (0000 UTC) / 7:00p MDT (0100 UTC).

Tennessee Primary: Polls close synchronously on Thursday 7 August 2008 at 8:00p EDT (0000 UTC) / 7:00p CDT (0000 UTC). The polls close at the same GMT/UTC time, that is, polls close at a particular local time in the advanced time zone and close one hour earlier local time in the lagging time zone.

Texas Primary: Polls close asynchronously on Tuesday 4 March 2008 at 7:00p CST (0100 UTC) / 7:00p MST (0200 UTC). Only the area around El Paso is in MST, so the vast majority of polls have closed in TX by 7 PM CST.

Texas Run-off (CD 22-R; CD 32-D; Railroad Commissioner-D): Polls close asynchronously on Tuesday 8 April 2008 at 7:00p CDT (0000 UTC) / 7:00p MDT (0100 UTC). Only the area around El Paso is in MDT, so the vast majority of polls have closed in TX by 7 PM CDT.

Vermont Primary: Polls close synchronously on Tuesday 9 September 2008 at 7:00p EDT (2300 UTC). Polls may open as early as 5:00a and no later than 10:00a as set by the Board of Civil Authority.

 
 

Time zone abbreviations


UCT: Universal Coordinated Time, Greenwich England
AST: Atlantic Standard Time, UCT - 4 hours
EST: Eastern Standard Time, UCT - 5 hours
EDT: Eastern Daylight Time, UCT - 4 hours
CST: Central Standard Time, UCT - 6 hours
CDT: Central Daylight Time, UCT - 5 hours
MST: Mountain Standard Time, UCT - 7 hours
MDT: Mountain Daylight Time, UCT - 6 hours
PST: Pacific Standard Time, UCT - 8 hours
PDT: Pacific Daylight Time, UCT - 7 hours
AKST: Alaska Standard Time, UCT - 9 hours
AKDT: Alaska Daylight Time, UCT - 8 hours
ALST: Aleution Standard Time, UCT - 10 hours
ALDT: Aleution Daylight Time, UCT - 9 hours
HIST: Hawaii Time, UCT - 10 hours
MPST: Northern Marianas Time, UCT + 10 hours
GUST: Guam Time, UCT + 10 hours
VIST: Virgin Islands Time, UCT - 4 hours
ASST: American Samoa Time, UCT - 11 hours
m: midnight
a: AM
p: PM

 
 


  2008 General Election Home  
 
  U.S. Senate Popular Vote and FEC Total Receipts by Party  
  Gubernatorial Popular Vote by Party  
  U.S. House Popular Vote and FEC Total Receipts by Party  
  Close Contests Summary - Decision by 2% or less  
  Contests Where No Candidate Received a Majority  
 
Electoral College
  Allocation       How Appointed       Meeting Place (15 December)  
  Duly Appointed Electors       Tabulation by Congress (8 January 2009)  
  THE "FAITHLESS ELECTORS" - Presidential Electors who have defected in the past  
  May Electors Defect?  
  DATES OF U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION "EVENTS": 1789 to the present  
  "APPARENT" ELECTORAL VOTE for President of the United States: 1856 to present  
  ELECTORAL VOTE for President of the United States (as pledged and as officially counted)  
  ELECTORAL VOTE for Vice President of the United States (as pledged and as officially counted)  
 
  Contests to Watch and Polling Data  
 
2008 Primaries and Runoffs for Statewide offices/Congress
  Alphabetically   --   Chronologically   --   Poll Closing Times  
....
General Election Poll Closing Times
  Alphabetically   --   Chronologically   --   Electoral College  
....
  President (Details)     Governors     Senate     House  
....
  Senators by 'Class'  
  Governors by election 'cycle'  
....
  Gubernatorial Primaries at a Glance   --   Senatorial Primaries at a Glance  
....
  Open Governor's Chairs, Senate and House Seats (the incumbent is not running for re-election)  
  Governor's Chairs, Senate, and U.S. House Seats with no incumbent running for them  
  Uncontested Governor's Chairs, Senate, and U.S. House Seats (one candidate running for office)  
  Governor's Chairs, Senate, and U.S. House Seats with multiple incumbents running for them  
  Governor's Chairs, Senate, and U.S. House Seats with only one major party candidate running for office  
....
  2008 Partisan Composition by State  
....
  Political Parties  
....
  Senate Electoral Classes  
....
  1976-2004 Presidential Election State Voting Trends  
  Relative Political Party Strength in each State per Federal/State Elections  
....
  Explanation of the Debate Scoring System  


The Green Papers Home