State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2023)

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The opening and closing times for polling locations vary from state to state and in the District of Columbia. In some states, polling hours vary by city or county. In those states that conduct elections predominantly by mail, there are postmark deadlines and deadlines by which voters can drop off their ballots in person. Some states permit voters who are in line at closing time to cast a ballot, but that provision can vary by jurisdiction. The information on this page applies to statewide and federal elections.

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State-by-state poll times

The table below shows poll opening and closing times by state. Also included are important notes about polling times and links to state sources. The poll times listed here are the default poll times established by state law. States that are conducting only municipal elections may have poll times that vary by municipality.

Polling hours by state
State Polling hours
(all times local)
Notes Find your polling place
Alabama 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.[1] Most of Alabama falls within the Central time zone. However, portions of eastern Alabama, including Phenix City and some surrounding areas, observe Eastern time.[2] Alabama polling locations
Alaska 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.[3] Alaska polling locations
Arizona 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.[4] Arizona generally observes Mountain Standard Time. However, the Navajo Nation observes Daylight Saving Time. Because of this, Mountain Daylight Time is sometimes observed in Arizona. Arizona polling locations
Arkansas 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.[5] Arkansas polling locations
California 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.[6] California conducts its elections largely by mail. California polling locations
Colorado 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.[7] Colorado conducts its elections largely by mail. Colorado polling locations
Connecticut 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.[8] Connecticut polling locations
Delaware 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.[9] Delaware polling locations
District of Columbia 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.[10] District of Columbia polling locations
Florida 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.[11] Florida polling locations
Georgia 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.[12] In all cities whose populations are 300,000 or more, polling places remain open until 8 p.m. for municipal general elections.[13] Georgia polling locations
Hawaii 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.[14] Hawaii conducts its elections largely by mail. Hawaii polling locations
Idaho 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.[15] Polling places may open at 7 a.m. at the discretion of the county clerk.[16] Idaho polling locations
Illinois 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.[17] Illinois polling locations
Indiana 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.[18] Indiana polling locations
Iowa 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.[19] Iowa polling locations
Kansas 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.[20] Counties are given the discretion to open polls prior to 7 a.m. or close polls after 7 p.m. Kansas polling locations
Kentucky 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.[21] Kentucky polling locations
Louisiana 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.[22] Louisiana polling locations
Maine 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.[23] Polling places in municipalities whose populations are less than 500 open between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.; those in municipalities whose populations are 500 or more open between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. All polling places close at 8 p.m.[23] Maine polling locations
Maryland 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.[24] Maryland polling locations
Massachusetts 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.[25] Municipalities can open polling places as early as 5:45 a.m. All polling places are required to remain open for at least 13 hours.[26] Massachusetts polling locations
Michigan 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.[27] Michigan polling locations
Minnesota 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.[28] Municipalities with fewer than 500 registered voters can open polling places as late as 10 a.m. Minnesota polling locations
Mississippi 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.[29] Mississippi polling locations
Missouri 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.[30] Missouri polling locations
Montana 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.[31] Polling places having fewer than 400 registered voters are open from at least noon to 8 p.m., or until all registered voters in any precinct have voted, at which time that precinct's polling place has to be closed immediately. Montana polling locations
Nebraska 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CST[32] Poll times are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in MST. Nebraska polling locations
Nevada 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.[33] Nevada conducts its elections largely by mail. Nevada polling locations
New Hampshire Varies by municipality[34] Polls must open at 11 a.m. or earlier and cannot close before 7:00 p.m.[35] New Hampshire polling locations
New Jersey 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.[36] New Jersey polling locations
New Mexico 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.[37] New Mexico polling locations
New York 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (for general elections)[38] For primary elections, polling places open at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. Eastern time in New York City and the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, and Erie. Polling places open at noon and close at 9 p.m. in all other counties. For general elections, polling places open at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. in the entire state.[39] New York polling locations
North Carolina 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.[40] The hours can be extended if polling times are delayed or interrupted by more than 15 minutes.[41] North Carolina polling locations
North Dakota Varies by municipality[42] Polls must open between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Polls must close between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. North Dakota polling locations
Ohio 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.[43] Ohio polling locations
Oklahoma 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.[44] Oklahoma polling locations
Oregon 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.[45] Oregon conducts its elections largely by mail. Oregon polling locations
Pennsylvania 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.[46] Pennsylvania polling locations
Rhode Island 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.[47] Opening times for the presidential preference primary and the statewide primary elections can be later than 7 a.m.[47] Rhode Island polling locations
South Carolina 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.[48] South Carolina polling locations
South Dakota 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.[49] South Dakota polling locations
Tennessee Varies by county[50] At least 15 days prior to the election, each county determines the opening time for polling places in that county. Polling places in the Eastern time zone close at 8 p.m., while polling places in the Central time zone close at 7 p.m.[50] Tennessee polling locations
Texas 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.[51] Texas polling locations
Utah 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.[52] Utah conducts its elections largely by mail. Utah polling locations
Vermont Varies by municipality[53] Vermont conducts its elections largely by mail. In-person voting locations open between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. All locations close at 7:00 p.m. Vermont polling locations
Virginia 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.[54] Virginia polling locations
Washington Varies by municipality Washington conducts its elections largely by mail. In-person voting locations open at various times, but they all close at 8:00 p.m. Washington polling locations
West Virginia 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.[55] West Virginia polling locations
Wisconsin 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.[56] Wisconsin polling locations
Wyoming 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.[57] Wyoming polling locations

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Time zone note: Arizona and Hawaii do not observe Daylight Saving Time (DST). Thirteen 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 (most of Indiana is in the Eastern time zone). Alaska is divided between the Alaska time zone and the Hawaii-Aleutian time zone.

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  2. The Decatur Daily, "Parts of Eastern Alabama split between 2 time zones," August 13, 2006
  3. Alaska Division of Elections, "Polling Place Information", accessed December 2, 2023
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