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2016 Primary/Special Election Polling Hours
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Alabama
·Tuesday 1 March 2016 Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p CST (1300-0100 UTC).
·Tuesday 12 April 2016 Runoff. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p CDT (1200-0000 UTC).
Alaska
·Tuesday 16 August 2016 Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-8:00p AKDT (1500-0400 UTC) / 7:00a-8:00p HADT (1600-0500 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.
American Samoa
Arizona
·Tuesday 30 August 2016 Primary. Polling hours 6:00a-7:00p MST (1300-0200 UTC).
Arkansas
·Tuesday 1 March 2016 Primary. Polling hours 7:30a-7:30p CST (1330-0130 UTC).
·Tuesday 22 March 2016 Runoff. Polling hours 7:30a-7:30p CDT (1230-0030 UTC).
California
·Tuesday 7 June 2016 Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-8:00p PDT (1400-0300 UTC).
Colorado
·Tuesday 28 June 2016 Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p MDT (1300-0100 UTC). Colorado votes mostly by mail.
Connecticut
·Tuesday 9 August 2016 Primary. Polling hours 6:00a-8:00p EDT (1000-0000 UTC).
Delaware
·Tuesday 13 September 2016 Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-8:00p EDT (1100-0000 UTC).
District of Columbia
·Tuesday 14 June 2016 Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-8:00p EDT (1100-0000 UTC).
Florida
·Tuesday 30 August 2016 Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p EDT (1100-2300 UTC) / 7:00a-7:00p CDT (1200-0000 UTC). Relatively small portions of this state are in CT and so the vast majority of the polls are closed by the time indicated ET.
Georgia
·Tuesday 24 May 2016 Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p EDT (1100-2300 UTC).
·Tuesday 26 July 2016 Primary Runoff - CD 3 R. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p EDT (1100-2300 UTC).
·Tuesday 6 December 2016 State and Local General Runoff. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p EST (1200-0000 UTC).
·Tuesday 10 January 2017 Federal General Election Runoff (no offices covered by this website have a runoff). Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p EST (1200-0000 UTC).
Guam
·Saturday 27 August 2016 Primary Election. Polling hours 7:00a-8:00p ChST (2100-1000 UTC).
Hawaii
·Saturday 13 August 2016 Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-6:00p HAST (1700-0400 UTC).
Idaho
·Tuesday 17 May 2016 Primary. Polling hours 8:00a-8:00p MDT (1400-0200 UTC) / 8:00a-8:00p PDT (1500-0300 UTC). Local option allows polling places to open at 7 AM. A sizable part of IDAHO is in PT but, as the MT 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 MT.
Illinois
·Tuesday 15 March 2016 Primary. Polling hours 6:00a-7:00p CDT (1100-0000 UTC).
Indiana
·Tuesday 3 May 2016 Primary. Polling hours 6:00a-6:00p EDT (1000-2200 UTC) / 6:00a-6:00p CDT (1100-2300 UTC). Although a portion of this state is in CT, the majority of the polls are closed by the time indicated ET when the networks feel they can project.
Iowa
·Tuesday 7 June 2016 Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-9:00p CDT (1200-0200 UTC).
Kansas
·Tuesday 2 August 2016 Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p MDT (1300-0100 UTC) / 7:00a-7:00p CDT (1200-0000 UTC). For practical purposes, polling places open at 7 AM and close at 7 PM local time on Election Day. Technically, in the Central time zone, polling places open at 7 AM and close at 7 PM. However, a county may open the polls no earlier than 6 AM local time and close them no later than 8 PM. In the Mountain time zone, polling places open at 6 AM and close at 6 PM. However, a county may open the polls no earlier than 5 AM local time and close them no later than 7 PM.
Kentucky
·Tuesday 17 May 2016 Primary. Polling hours 6:00a-6:00p EDT (1000-2200 UTC) / 6:00a-6:00p CDT (1100-2300 UTC). Poll closing time could be rather problematic in KENTUCKY. A large chunk of the state is in Central Time [but the networks consider that "most of the polls have closed" in KENTUCKY by 6 PM Eastern Time and so, if they can, project at the same time they project INDIANA]. Central Time voters in KENTUCKY may note the networks' willingness/eagerness to project a winner as early as 6 PM Eastern Time.
Louisiana
·Saturday 10 December 2016 Runoff. Polling hours 7:00a-8:00p CST (1300-0200 UTC).
Maine
·Tuesday 14 June 2016 Primary. Polling hours reportedly 6:00a-8:00p EDT (1000-0000 UTC). Voting places open between 6:00a Eastern Time and 10:00a Eastern Time depending on the size of the town.
Maryland
·Tuesday 26 April 2016 Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-8:00p EDT (1100-0000 UTC).
Massachusetts
·Thursday 8 September 2016 Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-8:00p EDT (1100-0000 UTC). By local option, municipalities may open their polls as early as 5:45 a.m.
Michigan
·Tuesday 2 August 2016 Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-8:00p EDT (1100-0000 UTC) / 7:00a-8:00p CDT (1200-0100 UTC). Relatively small portions of this state are in Central Time and so the vast majority of the polls are closed by the time indicated Eastern Time, when the networks feel they can project.
Minnesota
·Tuesday 9 August 2016 Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-8:00p CDT (1200-0100 UTC). Voting begins at 10:00 AM in some townships.
Mississippi
·Tuesday 8 March 2016 Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p CST (1300-0100 UTC).
·Tuesday 29 March 2016 Runoff. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p CDT (1200-0000 UTC).
Missouri
·Tuesday 2 August 2016 Primary. Polling hours 6:00a-7:00p CDT (1100-0000 UTC).
Montana
·Tuesday 7 June 2016 Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-8:00p MDT (1300-0200 UTC). A polling place with less than 400 registered voters must be open at least from noon to 8 p.m. or until all registered electors have voted.
Nebraska
·Tuesday 10 May 2016 Primary. Polling hours 8:00a-8:00p CDT / 7:00a-7:00p MDT (1300-0100 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.
Nevada
·Tuesday 14 June 2016 Primary. Polling hours reportedly 7:00a-7:00p PDT (1400-0200 UTC).
New Hampshire
·Tuesday 13 September 2016 Primary. Polling hours reportedly 6:00a-8:00p EDT (1000-0000 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 Eastern Time 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 Eastern Time and the networks have no problem considering this hour as the earliest hour of potential projection.
New Jersey
·Tuesday 7 June 2016 Primary. Polling hours 6:00a-8:00p EDT (1000-0000 UTC).
New Mexico
·Tuesday 7 June 2016 Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p MDT (1300-0100 UTC).
New York
·Tuesday 28 June 2016 Federal Primary. Polling hours 6:00a-9:00p EDT (1000-0100 UTC). Polls open at 6:00a in New York City and the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Erie. In all other counties, polls open at 12:00 noon. All polls close at 9:00p.
·Tuesday 13 September 2016 State / Local Primary (no contests covered by this website). Polling hours 6:00a-9:00p EDT (1000-0100 UTC). Polls open at 6:00a in New York City and the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Erie. In all other counties, polls open at 12:00 noon. All polls close at 9:00p.
·Thursday 6 October 2016 Court Ordered Republican Primary House CD 3. Polling hours reportedly 6:00a-9:00p EDT (1000-0100 UTC). Polls open at 6:00a in New York City and the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Erie. In all other counties, polls open at 12:00 noon. All polls close at 9:00p. (cancelled)
North Carolina
·Tuesday 15 March 2016 Primary (except the U.S. House). Polling hours 6:30a-7:30p EDT (1030-2330 UTC). In extraordinary circumstances, the county board of elections may direct that the polls remain open until 8:30 p.m.
·Tuesday 3 May 2016 (presumably) Second Primary (if run-off is NOT required for a Federal office). Polling hours 6:30a-7:30p EDT (1030-2330 UTC). In extraordinary circumstances, the county board of elections may direct that the polls remain open until 8:30 p.m. (cancelled)
·Tuesday 24 May 2016 (presumably) Second Primary (if run-off is required for a Federal office). Polling hours 6:30a-7:30p EDT (1030-2330 UTC). In extraordinary circumstances, the county board of elections may direct that the polls remain open until 8:30 p.m. (cancelled)
·Tuesday 7 June 2016 U.S. House Primary. Polling hours 6:30a-7:30p EDT (1030-2330 UTC). In extraordinary circumstances, the county board of elections may direct that the polls remain open until 8:30 p.m.
North Dakota
·Tuesday 14 June 2016 Primary. Polling hours reportedly 7:00a-9:00p CDT (1200-0200 UTC) / 7:00a-9:00p MDT (1300-0300 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 Mountain Time 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. In 2012, polls closed at 8pm CDT in Cass County and at 7pm CDT or 7pm MDT in most other polling places.
Northern Marianas
Ohio
·Tuesday 15 March 2016 Primary (and Special Primary CD 8). Polling hours 6:30a-7:30p EDT (1030-2330 UTC).
·Tuesday 7 June 2016 Special Election House CD 8. Polling hours 6:30a-7:30p EDT (1030-2330 UTC).
·Tuesday 13 September 2016 Special Democratic Primary Election (re: withdrawal of Corey Foister) House CD 8. Polling hours reportedly 6:30a-7:30p EDT (1030-2330 UTC).
Oklahoma
·Tuesday 28 June 2016 Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p CDT (1200-0000 UTC).
·Tuesday 23 August 2016 Runoff - H05 Dem. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p CDT (1200-0000 UTC).
Oregon
·Tuesday 17 May 2016 Primary and Special Primary Governor. Polling hours end at 8:00p MDT (0200 UTC) / 8:00p PDT (0300 UTC). Oregon votes by mail. Ballots must be in the hands of election workers or in an official drop-off location no later than 8 PM local time. 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 Pacific.
Pennsylvania
·Tuesday 26 April 2016 Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-8:00p EDT (1100-0000 UTC).
Puerto Rico
·Sunday 5 June 2016 Primary. Polling hours 8:00a-3:00p AST (1200-1900 UTC).
Rhode Island
·Tuesday 13 September 2016 Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-8:00p EDT (1100-0000 UTC). Most polls are open at 7am. However, polls may open as late as 9am by location.
South Carolina
·Tuesday 14 June 2016 Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p EDT (1100-2300 UTC).
·Tuesday 28 June 2016 Runoff (no contests covered by this website proceed to runoffs). Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p EDT (1100-2300 UTC).
South Dakota
·Tuesday 7 June 2016 Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p CDT (1200-0000 UTC) / 7:00a-7:00p MDT (1300-0100 UTC).
·Tuesday 16 August 2016 Secondary Election (no elections covered by this site require a run off). Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p CDT (1200-0000 UTC) / 7:00a-7:00p MDT (1300-0100 UTC).
Tennessee
·Thursday 4 August 2016 Primary. Polling hours reportedly 7:00a-8:00p EDT / 8:00a-7:00p CDT (1300-0000 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. Poll opening times are set by county.
Texas
·Tuesday 1 March 2016 Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p CST (1300-0100 UTC) / 7:00a-7:00p MST (1400-0200 UTC). Only the area around El Paso is in Mountain Time, so the vast majority of polls have closed in Texas by 7 PM Central Time.
·Tuesday 24 May 2016 Runoff - H15-D, H15-R, H18-R, H19-R, RR-D, RR-R. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p CDT (1200-0000 UTC) / 7:00a-7:00p MDT (1300-0100 UTC). Only the area around El Paso is in Mountain Time, so the vast majority of polls have closed in Texas by 7 PM Central Time.
Utah
·Tuesday 28 June 2016 Primary. Polling hours reportedly 7:00a-8:00p MDT (1300-0200 UTC).
Vermont
·Tuesday 9 August 2016 Primary. Polling hours 5:00a-7:00p EDT (0900-2300 UTC). Polls may open as early as 5:00a and no later than 10:00a as set by the Board of Civil Authority.
Virgin Islands
·Saturday 6 August 2016 Primary Election. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p AST (1100-2300 UTC).
·Tuesday 22 November 2016 Gubernatorial Runoff Election. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p AST (1100-2300 UTC).
Virginia
·Tuesday 14 June 2016 Primary. Polling hours 6:00a-7:00p EDT (1000-2300 UTC).
Washington
·Tuesday 2 August 2016 Primary. Polling hours end at 8:00p PDT (0300 UTC). Washington votes by mail. Ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day, or dropped off in a designated ballot box by 8 p.m. local time on Election Day.
West Virginia
·Tuesday 10 May 2016 Primary. Polling hours 6:30a-7:30p EDT (1030-2330 UTC).
Wisconsin
·Tuesday 9 August 2016 Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-8:00p CDT (1200-0100 UTC).
Wyoming
·Tuesday 16 August 2016 Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p MDT (1300-0100 UTC).

Time zone abbreviations


UTC: Coordinated Universal Time (Greenwich England)
AST: Atlantic Standard Time (Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands), UTC - 4 hours
EST: Eastern Standard Time, UTC - 5 hours
EDT: Eastern Daylight Time, UTC - 4 hours
CST: Central Standard Time, UTC - 6 hours
CDT: Central Daylight Time, UTC - 5 hours
MST: Mountain Standard Time, UTC - 7 hours
MDT: Mountain Daylight Time, UTC - 6 hours
PST: Pacific Standard Time, UTC - 8 hours
PDT: Pacific Daylight Time, UTC - 7 hours
AKST: Alaska Standard Time, UTC - 9 hours
AKDT: Alaska Daylight Time, UTC - 8 hours
HAST: Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, UTC - 10 hours
HADT: Hawaii-Aleutian Daylight Time (Hawii does not observe daylight time), UTC - 9 hours
ChST: Chamorro Standard Time (Guam, Northern Marianas), UTC + 10 hours
SST: Samoa Standard Time, UTC - 11 hours
m: midnight
a: AM
p: PM

Notes


Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

 
 


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