Tuesday, November 6 is the official Election Day for states around the US, and if you can’t tell by now, voting is a big deal.
Now, while the next presidential election will not occur until 2020, Tuesday’s election is just as important. Here are a few key factors that you need to know:
Voting polls around the country have various hours of operation. I’m most states, polls open between 5 am and 7 am and closing times range from 7pm to 9 pm depending upon your state. Remember, no matter what time the polls in your state close, if you are in line prior to the closing time you can not legally be turned away.
Also, although certain states are exempt, most states do require that you have a state-issued photo ID in order to vote. A very small percentage of states will allow you to vote with no ID but other requirements, such as proof of residence, may be called for.
Ultimately, while everyone is encouraged to vote, the concept of voter suppression is real. Already on Tuesday, stories of voters being locked out of precincts, roadblocks, and the distribution of misinformation have been reported. If you are at a voting precinct and run into issues please contact a voter’s help hotline and be aware of your rights as a voter.
Prior to casting your ballot, try to get an understanding of who and what you’re voting for. While ballots in each state will be different, a few main things to consider before voting are your candidates for governor, amendment choices, and the standpoints of your local judges.
For those who are worried about transportation, Uber And Lyft are providing discounted rides to the polls through their respective apps. Transportation companies and funeral homes throughout the country are providing free rides to voting polls as well.
Take a look at the precinct hours for each state below:
New Hampshire: Varies By Poll
New Jersey: 6am-8pm
New Mexico: 7am-7pm
New York: 6am-9pm
North Carolina: 6:30am-7:30pm
North Dakota: 7am-9pm
Oregon: Voting By Mail Only
Rhode Island: 7am-8pm
South Carolina: 7am-7pm
South Dakota: 7am-7pm
Tennessee: Varies By County
Vermont: Varies By Town
Washington State: Voting By Mail Only
Washington D.C.: 7am-8pm
West Virginia: 6:30am-7:30pm