What time do the polls open on election day? What time do polls close on election day?

Published 2:30 pm Monday, November 7, 2016

Election Day 2016 arrives and the polls open Tuesday, November 8, 2016 across America or voters to cast ballots on President, state races and initiatives and more.

So the biggest question for many is: What time to the polls open on election day 2016 and what time do polls close on election day 2016?

Across America, polling times are different. There’s not just one set national time — it is decided state-by-state.

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The most popular voting times are from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. for states like Mississippi and many others. But, some polls open as early as 6 p.m. and some stay open until 8 p.m.

So you will want to look up your voting time. One way to do that is by Googling “how to vote.” Google will localize your results. Another way is by visiting this interactive map here to see state-by-state voting times for polls opening and closing.

There’s also more on the ballot than just the presidential election. You can find out state-by-state across America what’s important on the ballot this election year by visiting here.



Unless you’re one of the millions of Americans who have already voted, it’s a good idea to find out where to cast your ballot, preferably before Tuesday. Googling “how to vote” will take you to localized results that include the times the polls are open and any requirements such as an ID. You can also enter your address to locate your polling place.

Facebook’s elections tool will show you what’s on your ballot and where various candidates stand on key issues. The information comes from the nonpartisan group Center for Technology and Civic Life, which also generates some of the data for Google searches such as “what’s on my ballot.” To get started, go to https://www.facebook.com/elections/yourplan (you’ll need a Facebook account).



Snapchat users will be able to see “live stories” on the app — showing people at the polls, election results, acceptance and concession speeches and election night celebrations. In the U.S., users will see overlays they can add to their snaps.



NowThis, a news outlet aimed at millennials, will have video coverage on its Facebook channel. Comedian Jordan Carlos will host the stream, called “No Sleep til POTUS.”

CNN will have live coverage with reporters in battleground states, as well as drone shots of voting locations and international reaction throughout the day. Each hour from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. will be streamed from a different location. After 6 p.m., the network will continue Facebook Live streams from various locations, including watch parties and, again, battleground states.

The Washington Post is planning live programming on its Facebook page beginning at 7 p.m. The show will include commentary and updates from Post reporters, including those at campaign headquarters for both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

The New York Times will also stream election coverage on its Facebook page, beginning at 4:30 p.m., from locations such as polling stations, college campuses and election viewing parties.

Other news outlets with live streaming plans include Univision, PBS NewsHour, the Daily Caller, ABC News and Vox.



Twitter is partnering with BuzzFeed News for a live stream from BuzzFeed’s New York headquarters. The stream will begin at 6 p.m. Twitter says segments will include critiques of traditional news outlets and how they are covering the election, as well as live reports from BuzzFeed journalists at various locations throughout the U.S. and elsewhere. Go to http://election.twitter.com . You don’t need an account.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.