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It’s Election Day! Here’s What You Need To Know

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: 

Alabama: 7am-7pm

Alaska: 7am-8pm

Arizona: 6am-7pm

Arkansas: 7:30am-7:30pm

California: 7am-8pm

Colorado: 7am-7pm

Connecticut: 6am-8pm

Delaware: 7am-8pm

Florida: 7am-7pm

Georgia: 7am-7pm

Hawaii: 7am-6pm

Idaho: 8am-8pm

Illinois: 6am-7pm

Indiana: 6am-6pm

Iowa: 7am-9pm

Kansas: 7am-7pm

Kentucky: 6am-6pm

Louisiana: 6am-8pm

Maine: 6am-8pm

Maryland: 7am-8pm

Massachusetts: 7am-8pm

Michigan: 7am-8pm

Minnesota: 7am-8pm

Mississippi: 7am-7pm

Missouri: 6am-7pm

Montana: 7am-8pm

Nebraska: 8am-8pm

Nevada: 7am-7pm

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

Ohio: 6:30am-7:30pm

Oklahoma: 7am-7:30pm

Oregon: Voting By Mail Only

Pennsylvania: 7am-8pm

Rhode Island: 7am-8pm

South Carolina: 7am-7pm

South Dakota: 7am-7pm

Tennessee: Varies By County

Texas: 7am-7pm

Utah: 7am-8pm

Vermont: Varies By Town

Virginia: 6am-7pm

Washington State: Voting By Mail Only

Washington D.C.: 7am-8pm

West Virginia: 6:30am-7:30pm

Wisconsin: 7am-8pm

Wyoming: 7am-7pm

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