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State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2012)

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Poll opening and closing times state-by-state set to local times for the November 6, 2012 election.

Time zone note: Arizona and Hawaii do not observe Daylight Savings Time. Also, 13 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. Alaska is divided between the Alaska time zone and the Hawaii-Aleutian time zone.

State by State Poll Times

All of the times below are local.

Alabama

See also: Alabama elections, 2012

In Alabama, all polls are open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Central Time.[1]

Alaska

See also: Alaska elections, 2012

In Alaska, all polling places are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM Alaska Time.[2]

Alaska is divided between the Alaska time zone and the Hawaii-Aleutian time zone.

Arizona

See also: Arizona elections, 2012

In Arizona, all polling places are open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Mountain Time.[3]

Arkansas

See also: Arkansas elections, 2012

In Arkansas, all polling places will be open from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm on Election Day. When the polls close, if you are in line, you will be permitted to vote.[4]

California

See also: California elections, 2012

All polls in California are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM Pacific Time.[5]

Colorado

See also: Colorado elections, 2012

In Colorado, the polls are open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Mountain Time .[6]

Connecticut

See also: Connecticut elections, 2012

In Connecticut, all polling places will be open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Eastern Time on election day.[7]

Delaware

See also: Delaware elections, 2012

In Delaware, the polls are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm, Eastern Time. If you are in line waiting to vote at closing time, you may cast your vote even if it is done after 8:00 pm.[8]

Florida

See also: Florida elections, 2012

In Florida, all polls are open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.[9]

Florida is split between Eastern and Central time zones.

Georgia

See also: Georgia elections, 2012

In Georgia, polls are open from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM Eastern Time on Election Day. Any voter who is waiting in line to vote at 7:00 PM will be allowed to vote.[10]

Hawaii

See also: Hawaii elections, 2012

In Hawaii, polls are open from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM Hawaii Time.[11]

Idaho

See also: Idaho elections, 2012

In Idaho, all polls will be open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. In some instances, the Clerk is able to open polling at 7:00 AM.[12]

Idaho is split between the Mountain and Pacific time zones.

Illinois

See also: Illinois elections, 2012

In, Illinois all polls are open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM Central Time.[13]

Indiana

See also: Indiana elections, 2012

In Indiana polls will be open from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM local time.[14]

Indiana is split between Eastern and Central time zones.

Iowa

See also: Iowa elections, 2012

In Iowa, all polls will be open from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM Central time, one of the longest poll open and close times in the nation .[15]

Kansas

See also: Kansas elections, 2012

In Kansas, most polls are open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Central Time as Kansas mandates in its state laws that the polls must be open a minimum of twelve (12) hours. Counties may open the polls earlier and close them later.[16]

Kansas is divided between Central and Mountain time zones.

Kentucky

See also: Kentucky elections, 2012

In Kentucky, all polls are open from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, Central and Eastern Time. All those in line by 6:00 pm will be able to vote.[17]

Kentucky is split between Eastern and Central time zones.

Louisiana

See also: Louisiana elections, 2012

In Louisiana all polls are open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM Central Time.[18]

Maine

See also: Maine elections, 2012

In Maine, municipalities with a population less than 500 open between 6 AM and 10 AM while municipalities with a population of 500 or more open between 6 AM and 8AM. All polls close at 8 PM.[19]

Maryland

See also: Maryland elections, 2012

In Maryland, all polling places are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Eastern Time.[20]

Massachusetts

See also: Massachusetts elections, 2012

In Massachusetts, most polling places are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. However, municipalities may open as early as 5:45 AM.[21]

Michigan

See also: Michigan elections, 2012

In Michigan, all polls will be open in the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM Central and Eastern times.[22]

Michigan is split between Eastern and Central time zones.

Minnesota

See also: Minnesota elections, 2012

In Minnesota, most polling places are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm Central Time. However, some smaller municipalities may open as late as 10:00 AM.[23]

Mississippi

See also: Mississippi elections, 2012

All polling places in Mississippi are open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Central Time.[24]

Missouri

See also: Missouri elections, 2012

In Missouri, all polling places are open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM Central Time .[25]

Montana

See also: Montana elections, 2012

In Montana, polling place hours throughout the state vary. Polling places open between 7:00 am and 12:00 pm and close at 8:00 pm. Contact your local elections official for exact times.[26]

Nebraska

See also: Nebraska elections, 2012

In Nebraska, all polling locations will be open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm central time and 7:00 am to 7:00 pm mountain time.[27] Nebraska is divided between Central and Mountain time zones.

Nevada

See also: Nevada elections, 2012

All polling places in Nevada will be open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Pacific Time.[28]

New Hampshire

See also: New Hampshire elections, 2012

In New Hampshire, the polling place hours of operation vary in New Hampshire. In general, polling places open between 6:00 am and 11:00 am and close at 7:00 pm or 8:00 pm, Eastern Time. Voters in New Hampshire should contact their municipal clerk's office for actual polling place times.[29][30]

New Jersey

See also: New Jersey elections, 2012

In New Jersey, all polls are open from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Time.[31]

New Mexico

See also: New Mexico elections, 2012

In New Mexico, all polls will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Mountain Time on Election Day.[32]

New York

See also: New York elections, 2012

Polls open at 6:00 AM and close at 9:00 PM.[33]

North Carolina

See also: North Carolina elections, 2012

In North Carolina, the polling places will be open from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM Eastern Time.[34]

North Dakota

See also: North Dakota elections, 2012

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.[35]

North Dakota is divided between Central and Mountain time zones.

Ohio

See also: Ohio elections, 2012

In Ohio, all polling places will be open from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM Eastern Time, however if you are in line at the time of the poll closing at 7:30 PM you will be given the right to vote.[36]

Oklahoma

See also: Oklahoma elections, 2012

In Oklahoma, all polls are open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Central Time.[37]

Oregon

See also: Oregon elections, 2012

Oregon is an elections by mail state, however a voter can still vote on election day at their local municipal clerks office 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM Pacific Time.[38] Oregon is split between the Mountain and Pacific time zones.

Pennsylvania

See also: Pennsylvania elections, 2012

In Pennsylvania, all polls are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Eastern Time.[39]

Rhode Island

See also: Rhode Island elections, 2012

In Rhode Island, most polls open at 7:00 AM and all polls close at 8:00 PM.[40]

South Carolina

See also: South Carolina elections, 2012

In South Carolina, all polls are open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Eastern Time.[41]

South Dakota

See also: South Dakota elections, 2012

In South Dakota, all polls will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Any voter at the polling place prior to 7:00 pm is allowed to cast a ballot.[42][43]

South Dakota is divided between Central and Mountain time zones.

Tennessee

See also: Tennessee elections, 2012

In Tennessee, most polling places are open between 7am and 7pm. All precincts close 8:00pm eastern standard time and 7:00pm central standard time. The polls must be open a minimum of 10 hours and may be open for a maximum of 13 hours.[44]

Tennessee is split between Eastern and Central time zones.

Texas

See also: Texas elections, 2012

In Texas, all polling places are open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Central Time.[45] Texas is divided between Central and Mountain time zones.

Utah

See also: Utah elections, 2012

In Utah, all polling places are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.[46]

Vermont

See also: Vermont elections, 2012

In Vermont, all polls are open from 10am to 7pm. Most polls open earlier.[47]

Virginia

See also: Virginia elections, 2012

In Virginia, all polls are open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Eastern Time.[48]

Washington

See also: Washington elections, 2012

Washington is a mail in ballot state and does not have polling places. Your county election officials can provide information about voting centers/election offices.[49]

Washington, D.C.

Polls are open 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.[50]

West Virginia

See also: West Virginia elections, 2012

In West Virginia, all polling places are open from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM Eastern Time.[51]

Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin elections, 2012

In Wisconsin, all polls are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM Central Time.[52]

Wyoming

See also: Wyoming elections, 2012

in Wyoming, all polling places are open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Mountain Time on Election Day.[53]

See also

References

  1. Alabama Secretary of State "2012 Voter Guide"
  2. Alaska Elections "Hours Polls Open," accessed August 2012
  3. Arizona Secretary of State "Poll Times," accessed August 2012
  4. Arkansas Secretary of State "2012 Election Calendar"
  5. California Secretary of State "Elections FAQ"
  6. Colorado Secretary of State "2012 Election Calendar"
  7. Connecticut Secretary of State "2012 Calendar"
  8. Delaware Elections "2012 Election Calendar"
  9. Florida Secretary of State "What Times"
  10. Georgia Secretary of State "Voting Information 2012"
  11. Hawaii Elections "2012 Election Fact Sheet"
  12. Idaho Secretary of State "2012 Calendar"
  13. Illinois Department of Elections "Voter Information 2012"
  14. Indiana Secretary of State "2012 Elections Calendar"
  15. Iowa Secretary of State "Polling Place"
  16. Kansas Vote "Where and When you Vote"
  17. Kentucky Elections "Voting"
  18. Louisiana Secretary of State "Voting"
  19. Maine Government "Elections FAQ"
  20. Maryland Elections "Election Day Questions"
  21. Massachusetts Secretary of State "Voting Questions"
  22. Michigan Secretary of State "FAQs"
  23. Minnesota Secretary of State "Frequently Asked Questions"
  24. Mississippi Secretary of State "2012 Elections Calendar"
  25. Missouri Elections "FAQs"
  26. vote411.org - Voting In Montana
  27. Nebraska Secretary of State "Voter Info"
  28. Nevada Clark County Government "Election Dates"
  29. vote411.org - Voting In New Hampshire
  30. New Hampshire Secretary of State "2010 Clerks"
  31. New Jersey Elections "FAQ"
  32. vote411.org - Voting In New Mexico
  33. New York Elections "FAQ"
  34. North Carolina Elections "Voting"
  35. North Dakota Secretary of State "Election Calendar 2012"
  36. Ohio Secretary of State "FAQ"
  37. Oklahoma Elections "FAQs"
  38. Oregon Votes "2012 Elections Calendar"
  39. Pennsylvania Votes "Frequently Asked Questions"
  40. vote411.org - Voting in Rhode Island
  41. SC Votes "Voting Information"
  42. vote411.org - Voting in South Dakota
  43. South Dakota Secretary of State "2012 Elections Calendar"
  44. vote411.org - Voting in Tennessee
  45. Vote Texas "FAQ"
  46. Utah Vote "Calendar"
  47. vote411.org - Voting in Vermont
  48. Virginia Elections "Frequently Asked Questions"
  49. vote411.org - Voting in Washington
  50. www.dcboee.org - "DC Board of Elections and Ethics: Election Year 2012"
  51. West Virginia Secretary of State "Election Day Procedures"
  52. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Voting"
  53. Wyoming Secretary of State "2012 Election Calendar"