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Alaska Polls open: 7 AM local time
Polls close: 8 PM local time
[AK Statutes 15.15.080(a)]
Alabama Code of Alabama Section 11-46-28. (a) Every polling place shall open for voting at 7:00 A.M. and shall close at 7:00 P.M. and shall remain open for voting for not less than 12 consecutive hours. All polling places in areas operating on eastern time may open and close under this section pursuant to eastern time.
Arkansas Polls open: 7:30 AM local time
Polls close: 7:30 PM local time
[AR Code 7-5-304]
American Samoa The polls shall be opened by the district officials at 6 a.m. of the election day and shall be kept open continuously until 6 p.m. of that day. [American Samoa Code Annotated, Title 6, Chapter 07, Section 6.0701]
Arizona Polls open: 6 AM local time
Polls close: 7 PM local time
[AZ Revised Statutes 16-565A]
California Polls open: 7 AM local time
Polls close: 8 PM local time
[CA Elections Code 14212]
Colorado Polls open: 7 AM local time
Polls close: 7 PM local time
[CO Revised Statutes 1-7-101]
10 May 2013 update: Colorado will vote mostly by mail.
Connecticut Polls open: 6 AM local time
Polls close: 8 PM local time
(CT General Statutes 9-174)
District of Columbia Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. [D.C. Official Code § 1-1001.10(b)(1); 3 DCMR § 703.1]
Delaware The general election shall be opened in every election district at 7:00 in the morning... [Delaware Code, Title 15, Chapter 49, §4931]. The election shall be continued open until 8:00 p.m. when it shall be closed... [Delaware Code, Title 15, Chapter 49, §4947].
The time for opening the polls for the purpose of conducting a primary election shall be 7:00 in the morning, and the time for closing the polls at such primary election shall be 8:00 in the evening. [Delaware Code, Title 15, Chapter 31, Subchapter I. §3104]
Florida Polls open: 7 AM local time
Polls close: 7 PM local time
The polls shall be open at the voting places at 7:00 a.m., on the day of the election, and shall be kept open until 7:00 p.m. ... [Florida Statutes 100.011]
[NOTE: 10 counties in the western section of the so-called "Panhandle" are in the CENTRAL TIME ZONE-- the polls in these counties, therefore, open and close one hour relative to Universal Time (GMT) later than the polls in the other 57 counties of the State, which are in the EASTERN TIME ZONE]
Georgia At all primaries and elections the polls shall be opened at 7:00 A.M. eastern standard time or eastern daylight time, whichever is applicable, and shall remain open continuously until 7:00 P.M. eastern standard time or eastern daylight time, whichever is applicable, at which time they shall be closed; provided, however, that, in all cities having a population of 300,000 or more according to the United States decennial census of 1970 or any future such census, the polls shall remain open continuously until 8:00 P.M. eastern standard time or eastern daylight time, whichever is applicable, during the cities' general elections, at which time they shall be closed and provided, further, that, in a special election held to fill a vacancy in an office in which the district represented by such office lies wholly within the boundaries of a city, the polls shall close at the same time as for a municipal general election in such city. [Georgia Code 21-2-403]
Guam Time for Opening and Closing Polls. The polls shall be opened at 7 o'clock a.m., of the day of an election and shall be kept open until 8 o'clock p.m. [Guam Code Annotated. Title 3 Elections. Chapter 9: Conduct of Elections. § 9109] (Note: §9109 was amended by Section 4 of (Guam) Public Law 24-273 changing the polling hours from 8a to 8p to 7a to 8p.)
Hawaii Polls open: 7 AM local time
Polls close: 6 PM local time
(HI Revised Statutes 11-131)
Iowa 49.73 Time of opening and closing polls.
1. At all elections, except as otherwise permitted by this section, the polls shall be opened at seven o'clock a.m., or as soon thereafter as vacancies on the precinct election board have been filled. On the basis of voter turnout for recent similar elections and factors considered likely to so affect voter turnout for the forthcoming election as to justify shortened voting hours for that election, the commissioner may direct that the polls be opened at twelve o'clock noon for ....
49.53. The polling places shall be closed at nine o'clock p.m. for state primary and general elections and other partisan elections, and for any other election held concurrently therewith, and at eight o'clock p.m. for all other elections.
[Merged Iowa Code & Supplement]
Idaho Polls open: 8 AM local time
(however, the County Clerk has the authority to open the polls in his/her County at 7 AM local time)
Polls close: 8 PM local time
(ID Code 34-1101(1) )
[NOTE: the bulk of 10 counties in the northern portion of IDAHO (the so-called "panhandle") are in the PACIFIC TIME ZONE... thus, the polling times in these counties are one hour relative to Universal Time (GMT) later than those in the other 34 counties of the State, which are in the MOUNTAIN TIME ZONE]
Illinois Polls open: 6 AM local time
Polls close: 7 PM local time
(IL Compiled Statutes 10-5/17-1)
Indiana Polls open: 6 AM local time
Polls close: 6 PM local time
(IN Code 3-11-8-8)
[NOTE: INDIANA is split between the CENTRAL (to the west) and EASTERN (to the east) TIME ZONES. In 2008, most counties align with the EASTERN time zone. Beginning in the Spring of 2006, all of INDIANA will go on Daylight Savings Time. From 1967 through 2005 the State did not observe Daylight Savings Time in the EASTERN TIME ZONE portions of the State.]
Kansas Polls open: 7 AM Central Time, 6 AM Mountain Time.
Polls close: 7 PM Central Time, 6 PM Mountain Time
Counties may set different polling hours:

  • Central Time: The polls shall be open at least 12 continuous hours commencing not earlier than 6:00 AM and ending not later than 8:00 PM and ending not earlier than 7:00 PM.
  • Mountain Time: The polls shall be open at least 12 continuous hours commencing not earlier than 5:00 AM and ending not later than 7:00 PM and ending not earlier than 6:00 PM.
[KS Statutes 25-106]

Kentucky The polls shall be opened on the day of a primary, runoff primary, special election, or regular election at 6 a.m., prevailing time, and shall remain open until each voter who is waiting in line at the polls at 6 p.m., prevailing time, has voted. (KRS 118.035(1))
Louisiana (--2013) In the primary and general elections, the polls shall open at 6:00 a.m. on election day and shall close at 8:00 p.m. on election day. [RS 18:541]
(2013--) In the primary and general elections, the polls shall open at 7:00 a.m. ... and shall close at 8:00 p.m. ... [RS 18:541.A.]
... in regularly scheduled congressional primary elections ... the polls shall open at 6:00 a.m. on election day and shall close at 8 p.m. on election day. [RS 18:541.B.]
That is, polls open at 7:00 a.m. for SATURDAY elections and at 6 a.m. for TUESDAY elections. Polls close at 8:00 p.m. --Ed.
Massachusetts The polls shall in no case be kept open after eight o’clock in the evening ... the polls may be open as early as fifteen minutes before six o’clock in the forenoon, and shall be open not later than seven o’clock in the forenoon and shall be kept open at least thirteen hours. [The General Laws of Massachusetts Title VIII, Chapter 54: Section 64.]. [The polls must be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Some municipalities may open their polls as early as 5:45 a.m. -Ed]
Maryland [Election Law §10-301.(a)] ... a polling place shall be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Maine 1. Opening time flexible. The polls must be opened no earlier than 6 a.m. and no later than 9 a.m. on election day; except that in municipalities with a population of less than 4,000, the polls must be opened no later than 10:00 a.m. on election day.
2. Closing time fixed. The polls must be closed at 8 p.m. on election day, except in municipalities of population less than 100 which may close the polls after all registered voters have voted. [Title 21-A, Chapter 9, Subchapter 1, Article 2, §626]
Michigan Polls open: 7 AM
Polls close: 8 PM
[Act 116 of 1954-168.720]
(NOTE: per Act 116 of 1954-168.721, the above hours are specifically tied to Eastern Time; however, any county in the Central Time Zone may, by local option, apply the above hours using the prevailing local time in that county; as a practical matter, and for all intents and purposes, it may be assumed that the statutory polling times are "local time" in any event, regardless of Time Zone)
Minnesota ... at the state primary and the state general election the hours for voting in every precinct in the state shall begin at 7:00 a.m. and shall extend continuously until 8:00 p.m. [204C.05, Minnesota Statutes 2006 Subdivision 1.]
The governing body of a town with less than 500 inhabitants ... may fix a later time for voting to begin at state primary, special, or general elections ... The later time may not be later than 10:00 a.m. [204C.05, Minnesota Statutes 2006 Subd. 1a.]
An unorganized territory or unorganized territories which ... may have shorter voting hours if at least 20 percent of the registered voters ... sign a petition for shorter hours ... The later time may not be later than 10:00 a.m. [204C.05, Minnesota Statutes 2006 Subd. 1b.]
Missouri Polls open: 6 AM
Polls close: 7 PM
[MO Revised Statutes 115.407]
Northern Marianas Polling places shall open at 7:00 a.m. on the day of the election and shall be kept open until 7:00 p.m. [PL 12-18, 2 (6522)][1 CMC 6522]
Mississippi (1972--) At all elections, the polls shall be opened at seven o'clock in the morning and be kept open until seven o'clock in the evening and no longer. [Mississippi Code Ann. §23-15-541 (1972); Mississippi Const.1890, §102]
Montana 13-1-106. Time of opening and closing of polls for all elections -- exceptions. (1) Polls must be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., except polling places having fewer than 400 registered electors, which must be open from noon to 8 p.m. .... [Montana Code Annotated]
North Carolina Hours for voting. In every election, the voting place shall be open at 6:30 A.M. and shall be closed at 7:30 P.M. In extraordinary circumstances, the county board of elections may direct that the polls remain open until 8:30 P.M. [NCGA General Statutes - Chapter 163. § 163-166.01.]
North Dakota Polling locations cannot open earlier than 7:00 a.m. and must be open by 9:00 a.m. with the exception of those precincts in which fewer than 75 votes were cast in the last General Election. The governing body of the exempt polling locations may direct the polls to open no later than 12:00 noon. All polling locations must remain open until 7:00 p.m. and close no later than 9:00 p.m. NDCC § 16.1-01-03. [NDCC § 16.1-01-03]
Nebraska Polls open: 8:00a Central time, 7:00 AM Mountain time.
Polls close: 8:00p Central time, 7:00 PM Mountain time.
[State of Nebraska Statutes 32-908 (1): "Polls; when opened and closed."]
New Hampshire Hours of Polling in Municipalities. – At all state elections in towns and cities the polls shall open not later than 11 o'clock in the morning and shall close not earlier than 7 o'clock in the evening. In cities, the city council shall determine the polling hours no later than 30 days prior to a state election. [RSA 659:4]
New Jersey 19:15-2. The district boards shall open the polls for such election at 6:00 A.M. and close them at 8:00 P.M., and shall keep them open during the whole day of election between these hours; except that for a school election the polls shall be open between the hours of 5:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M. and during any additional time which the school board may designate between the hours of 7:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M. [New Jersey Permanent Statutes]
New Mexico 1-12-1. Conduct of election; opening and closing of polls. Polls shall be opened at 7:00 a.m. on the date required by law for the election and shall be closed at 7:00 p.m. on the same day. [Statutory Chapters in New Mexico Statutes Annotated 1978]
Nevada ... the polls must open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. [NRS 293.273 1.]
New York Polls shall be open for voting during the following hours: a primary election from twelve o’clock noon until nine o’clock in the evening, except in the city of New York and the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Erie, and in such city or county from six o’clock in the morning until nine o’clock in the evening; the general election CONDUCT OF ELECTIONS 8-102 from six o’clock in the morning until nine o’clock in the evening; a special election called by the governor pursuant to the public officers law, and, except as otherwise provided by law, every other election, from six o’clock in the morning until nine o’clock in the evening. [CHAPTER SEVENTEEN OF THE CONSOLIDATED LAWS, ELECTION LAW, Article 8, Title 1, Section 8-100. 2.]
Ohio Polls open: 6:30 AM local time
Polls close: 7:30 PM local time
[OH Revised Code 3501.32]
Oklahoma Polls open: 7 AM local time
Polls close: 7 PM local time
(OK Statutes 26-7-104[A])
Oregon (--2007) The polls shall be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. [Oregon Revised Statutes 254.325(1), repealed by 2007 c.154 §67].
(2007--) The Secretary of State ... shall establish ... places of deposit for the ballots cast ... the places ... shall be open ... for a period of eight or more hours, but must be open until at least 8 p.m. [Oregon Revised Statutes 254.470 (1)].
[Note: 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. County elections offices are open on election day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.]
Pennsylvania Polls open: 7 AM local time
Polls close: 8 PM local time
[Unconsolidated PA Statutes 25-3045]
Puerto Rico (--2011) Los colegios se abriran a las ocho del la manana hast las tres de la tarde para llevar a cabo la votacion. Polls are open at 8:00 am until 3:00 pm. [Article 5.027]
(2011--) Los colegios de votación abrirán a las nueve de la mañana (9:00 am) y cerrarán a las cinco de la tarde (5:00 pm). Polling places open at 9 am and close at 5 pm. [Artículo 9.027]
Rhode Island (--2011) Elective meetings ... shall be opened for the purpose of voting at the hours specified for each particular city or town as designated in the specific time ... (polls open 7 am to 9 am by location; as late as 12 noon by location for Presidential Primaries -Ed) [General Laws of RI 17-18-10].
Elective meetings in all cities and towns shall be continuously kept open for voting until 9 p.m. [General Laws of RI 17-18-11, also 17-15-28].

(2012--) Elective meetings ... shall be opened for the purpose of voting at the hours specified for each particular city or town as designated in the specific time ... (polls open 7 am to 9 am by location; as late as 12 noon by location for Presidential Primaries -Ed) [General Laws of RI 17-18-10].
Elective meetings in all cities and towns shall be continuously kept open for voting until 8 p.m. [General Laws of 17-18-11.].
South Carolina Polls open: 7 AM local time
Polls close: 7 PM local time
The polls must be opened at seven o'clock a.m. and closed at seven o'clock p.m. the day of election and must be held open during these hours without intermission or adjournment. [Code of Laws of SC 7-13-60]
South Dakota Polls open: 7 AM local time
Polls close: 7 PM local time
12-2-3. ... the polls shall be opened at the hour of seven a.m. and remain continuously open until seven p.m ... [SD Codified Laws 12-2-3]
Tennessee polls open: no later than 8 AM local time in the more populous counties
...but nothing shall prevent an earlier opening time in the discretion of the county election commission....
(in all counties, polls must be open no less than 10 continuous hours);
no polling place in the State may be open more than 13 continuous hours
polls close: 8 PM local time in the Eastern Time Zone;
7 PM local time in the Central Time Zone
[TN Code 2-3-201]
Texas Polls open: 7 AM local time
Polls close: 7 PM local time.
[41.031(a) Voting Hours]
Utah Opening and closing of polls on election day. (1) Polls at all elections on the date of the election shall open at 7 a.m. and shall remain open until 8 p.m. of the same day. [UT Code 20A-1-302]
Virginia Hours polls to be open; closing the polls. At all elections, the polls shall be open at each polling place at 6:00 a.m. on the day of the election and closed at 7:00 p.m. on the same day. [Code of Virginia § 24.2-603]
Virgin Islands At all primaries and elections, the polls shall be open from 7:00 a.m., until 7:00 p.m. [Title 18 Chapter 21 Subchapter §555]
Vermont ... the polls shall open no earlier than 5:00 a.m. and no later than 10:00 a.m. as set by the board of civil authority in each town unless the board of civil authority has elected to open the polls earlier than 6:00 a.m. as provided in section 2494 of this title. The polls in all polling places shall close at 7:00 p.m. [17 V.S.A. § 2561]
Washington When voting at a polling place:
Polls open: 7 AM local time
Polls close: 8 PM local time
[Revised Code of WA 29.13.080, Recodified RCW 29A.44.070 effective 1 July 2004]
When voting by mail:
"If mailed, a ballot must be postmarked not later than the date of the ... election. Otherwise, the ballot must be ... at ... the designated place ... not later than 8:00 p.m." [RCW 29A.48.050]
Wisconsin The polls at every election shall be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. [WI Statutes 6.78(1m)]
West Virginia Polls shall be opened in each precinct on the day of such election at six-thirty o'clock in the forenoon and be closed at seven-thirty o'clock in the evening. [West Virginia Code §3-1-31. Days and hours of elections.]
Wyoming Polls open: 7 AM local time
Polls close: 7 PM local time
[WY Statutes 22-13-101]
 


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