Stay In Line! Know Your Election Day Voting Rights

Published on November 3, 2020

Election Day 2020 isn’t over yet in the United States and you should know your Election Day voting rights as you wait. Here’s where you can still vote and who you can call if you encounter any issues at the polls. You can also fact check viral misinformation here.

When Polling Places Close State By State (Via

Note these are all in Eastern Standard Time.

7 p.m.

Indiana (some close at 6 p.m. EST)
Kentucky (some close at 6 p.m. EST)
South Carolina

7:30 p.m.

North Carolina (this has been pushed to 8:15 p.m. EST)
West Virginia

8 p.m.

Florida (some close at 7 p.m. EST)
New Hampshire (some close at 6 p.m. EST)
New Jersey
Rhode Island
Washington, D.C.

8:30 p.m.


9 p.m.

Colorado (majority vote by mail)
Kansas (some close at 8 p.m.)
Michigan (some close at 8 p.m.)
New Mexico
New York
North Dakota
South Dakota (some close at 8 p.m.)
Texas (some close at 8 p.m.)

10 p.m.

Utah (majority vote by mail)

11 p.m.

Idaho (some close at 10 p.m.)
Oregon (some close at 10 p.m.; majority vote by mail)
Washington state (majority vote by mail)

12 a.m.

Hawaii (majority vote by mail)

1 a.m.

Alaska (some close at 12 a.m.)

Who Can You Call If You Encounter Any Issues At Your Polling Place?

The ACLU has a non-partisan election protection hotline you can call: 1-866-OUR-VOTE

You can also call the Department of Justice to voice any voting-related complaints, such as voter intimidation: 1-800-253-3931

If you still need to know where your polling place is, you can enter your address at Get to the Polls. The website is courtesy of the Voting Information Project to deliver up-to-date voting information for American citizens.

Provisional Ballots/Voters With Disabilities

You can request a provisional ballot if your voter eligibility is questioned (missing ID, not showing as a register voter due to administrative errors, etc, etc.)

Several states allow you to cast a provisional ballot if you lost or never mailed in your mail-in-ballot. (You are required to sign a sworn statement saying you never sent in your initial ballot to avoid having your vote cast twice.)

Under federal law disabled voters who may have difficulty reading or writing in English can request in person help at their polling place. The helper is not allowed to look at your ballot unless you ask them to do so.

Polling places must be accessible for older and disabled voters per the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Via

You Still Have A Right To Vote If You’re In Line

You have a a legal right to vote if you are still in line and your polling place closes. Stay in line. Don’t let anyone tell you to leave. Stay in line. The election isn’t over yet.

You still have time to vote. Stay in line. Know your Election Day voting rights. It’s your right to vote.

Katherine Stinson is an award-winning journalist and Staff Reporter at Grit Daily News, where she covers Texas and Southern states' startup and entrepreneurship news. Based in San Antonio, Texas, she also contributes to ScreenRant, Outlander TV News, and San Antonio Magazine.

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