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ASSOCIATED PRESS 2012 GENERAL ELECTION POLL HOURS REPORT as of 9/11/2012
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State #StateTime Zone(s) State is WithinNov. 6, 2012 GE Poll Opening in Eastern TimeNov. 6, 2012 GE Poll Closing in Eastern TimeTime First Results are Available in Eastern TimeIN 2012, DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME WILL BEGIN AT 2 a.m. ON SUNDAY, MARCH 11 AND WILL END AT 2 a.m. ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4.
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1ALCTZ 8:00 AM7:00 & 8:00 PM8:00 PM*While the state may report votes as the polls close, the practice is to release all at 8:00PM ET. The entire state closes at 7:00PM CT (8:00PM ET), EXCEPT for the following locations in Chambers County: Huguley (includes Rescue Sqaud, Fire Dept), Lannett, and Valley (which includes Fairfax, Langdale, Riverview, and Shawmut) which have opted to close at 6:00PM CT (7:00PM ET) due to state statute. While portions of Chambers, Lee and Russell counties operate on ET because residents work in the neighboring state of GA, Lee and Russell will close at 7:00PM CT (8:00PM ET); polls in these 3 counties may close at 6:00 or 7:00PM CT in future elections.
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2AKPTZ, AKTZ & HATZ10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM11:00 PM, 12:00 & 1:00 AM 1:00 AM*Although all polls close at 8:00PM local time, typically no vote returns are released until all polls have closed at 9:00PM AKT (1:00AM ET). Most precincts are located within the Alaskan Time Zone, however the Western Aleutian Islands are in the Hawaii-Aleutian Time Zone and the Metlakatla Indian Community is in the PTZ. Polls will close at 12:00AM ET in the Alaskan Time Zone, while the Aleutians#1 precinct in Adak (with a nominal number of registered voters), located in the Hawaii-Aleutian Time Zone, will close at 1:00AM ET and the polls in the Metlakatla Indian Community located in the Pacific Time Zone will close at 11:00PM ET.
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3AZMTZ8:00 AM9:00 PM10:00 PM*Although all polls in state close at 7:00PM local time, state law dictates that no vote returns are released until all precints have reported or 1 hour after all polls are closed, whichever is first; the practice is to release at 8PM local time.
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4ARCTZ8:30 AM8:30 PM8:30 PM
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5CAPTZ10:00 AM11:00 PM11:00 PM
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6COMTZ9:00 AM9:00 PM9:00 PM
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7CTETZ 6:00 AM8:00 PM8:00 PM
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8DEETZ7:00 AM8:00 PM8:00 PM
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9DCETZ7:00 AM8:00 PM8:00 PM
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10FLETZ & CTZ 7:00 AM, 8:00 AM7:00 & 8:00 PM7:00 PMAll counties close at 7:00PM local time. Counties in ETZ close at 7:00PM ET. Counties in CTZ will close at 8:00PM ET: Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, Washington.Gulf is in the ETZ in the south & the CTZ in the north, but polls in both areas close at 7:00PM ET.
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11GAETZ7:00 AM7:00 PM7:00 PMIn all cities having a population of 300,000 the polls shall remain open until 8:00 PM during the cities' general elections. In a special election held to fill a vacancy in an office in which the district represented by such office lies wholly within the boundaries of a city, the polls shall close at the same time as for a municipal general election.
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12HIHATZ12:00 PM11:00 PM11:00 PMAll polls close at 6:00PM local time (11:00PM ET.)
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13IDMTZ & PTZ10:00 AM, 11:00 AM10:00 & 11:00 PM11:00 PM*All counties close at 8:00PM local time. Counties in PTZ close at 11:00PM ET: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, Shoshone. The rest of the state closes at 10:00PM ET, but state law requires results be withheld until all polls in state are closed at 11:00PM ET.
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14ILCTZ7:00 AM8:00 PM8:00 PM
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15INETZ & CTZ 6:00 AM, 7:00 AM6:00 & 7:00 PM6:00 PMAll counties close at 6:00PM local time. The majority of the state is in ETZ and closes at 6:00PM ET, however 12 counties are in CTZ and close at 7:00PM ET including: Gibson, Jasper, Lake, Laporte, Newton, Perry, Porter, Posey, Spencer, Starke, Vanderburgh, and Warrick.
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16IACTZ8:00 AM10:00 PM10:00 PMThe polling places shall be closed at 9:00PM CT (10:00PM ET) for state primary and general elections and other partisan elections, and for any other election held concurrently therewith, and at 8:00PM CT (9:00PM ET) for all other elections.
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17KSCTZ & MTZ7:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 8:00 & 9:00 PM8:00 PMPolling locations must be open for at least 12 hours. State law permits all counties to set different hours: those in the CTZ may open at 6:00AM or 7:00AM CT and close no earlier than 7:00PM CT and no later than 8:00PM CT and polls in the MTZ may open at 5:00AM or 6:00AM MT and close no earlier than 6:00PM MT and no later than 7:00PM MT. Currently the whole state closes at 7:00PM local time. Most of the state is in CTZ and closes at 8:00PM ET, however, 4 counties are in MTZ and close at 9:00PM ET: Greeley, Hamilton, Sherman, and Wallace.
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18KYETZ & CTZ 6:00 AM, 7:00 AM6:00 & 7:00 PM6:00 PMPolls close at 6:00PM local time. Majority of state is in ETZ and closes at 6:00PM ET, but a large number of counties are in CTZ and close at 7:00PM ET: Adair, Allen, Ballard, Barren, Breckinridge, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Clinton, Crittenden, Cumberland, Daviess, Edmonson, Fulton, Graves, Grayson, Green, Hancock, Hart, Henderson, Hickman, Hopkins, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, McCracken, McLean, Marshall, Metcalfe, Monroe, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Russell, Simpson, Todd, Trigg, Union, Warren, Webster.
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19LACTZ7:00 AM9:00 PM9:00 PM
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20MEETZ6:00 AM - 10:00 AM8:00 PM8:00 PMHP1122 made several changes to poll openings. Polls must be opened no earlier than 6am and no later than 8am (formerly 9am) on election day, except that in municipalities with a population of less than 500 (formerly 4,000), polls must be opened no later than 10am. Clerks must notify SOS of opening time at least 30 days prior to each election. Municipalities with populations under 100 may close polls early if every registered voter has cast a ballot.
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21MDETZ7:00 AM8:00 PM8:00 PM
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22MAETZ7:00 AM8:00 PM8:00 PMIn cities and towns at the election of state officers, polls may open as early as 5:45AM ET and close not later than 7:00PM ET; polls must be open for at least 13 hours.
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23MIETZ & CTZ 7:00 AM, 8:00 AM8:00 & 9:00 PM8:00 PMAll polls close at 8:00PM local time. Most of the state is in ETZ, however 4 counties are in CTZ and do not close until 9:00PM ET: Dickinson, Gobegic, Iron, Menominee.
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24MNCTZ8:00 AM9:00 PM9:00 PMSmall townships outside of the metro area may open as late as 10:00AM.
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25MSCTZ8:00 AM8:00 PM8:00 PM
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26MOCTZ7:00 AM8:00 PM8:00 PM
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27MTMTZ9:00 AM10:00 PM10:00 PMPolling place having fewer than 400 registered electors must be open from noon to 8:00PM MT or may close early if all registered electors in the precinct have voted.
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28NECTZ & MTZ9:00 AM9:00 PM9:00 PMAll Counties close at 9:00PM ET. The majority of state is in CTZ and closes at 8:00PM CT. Those counties in MTZ that close at 7:00PM MT include: Arthur, Banner, Box Butte, Chase, Cherry (western part), Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Dundy, Garden, Grant, Hooker, Keith, Kimball, Morrill, Perkins, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux.
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29NVPTZ10:00 AM10:00 PM10:00 PMPolls may close early if every registered voter has cast a ballot.
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30NHETZ12:00 AM, 6:00:00 AM - 11:00AM7:00, 7:30 & 8:00 PM7:00 PMPolls must open by 11AM; most of state closes at 7:00PM ET. Polls may close early if all registered voters have cast a ballot. In cities, council sets hours 30 days prior to eday. 2 towns (Dixville, Harts Location) open at 12:00AM and close soon thereafter when all voters have cast a ballot. 2 towns (Brookline and Kensington) close at 7:30PM ET. 21 towns (Amherst, Atkinson, Danville, Derry, Exeter, Fremont, Hampstead, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Hudson, Kingston, Londonderry, Milford, Newmarket, Newton, Pelham, Plaistow, Sandown, South Hampton, Stratham, Windham) and 1 city, Nashua, close at 8:00PM ET.
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31NJETZ6:00 AM8:00 PM8:00 PM
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32NMMTZ9:00 AM9:00 PM9:00 PM
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33NYETZ6:00 AM9:00 PM9:00 PMFor general elections all polls are open from 6:00AM until 9:00PM.
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34NCETZ6:30 AM7:30 PM7:30 PMIf a precinct experiences delays due to voting equipment, the local authorities may extend poll closing time to 8:30PM.
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35NDCTZ & MTZ8:00 AM, 9:00 AM8:00 & 9:00 PM8:00 PMState law requires polls to close no earlier than 7:00PM local time and no later than 9:00PM local time. 40 counties are in CTZ and close at 7:00PM CT (8:00PM ET) including Mercer which switched from MTZ to CTZ in 2010. Cass, in CTZ, closes at 8:00PM CT (9:00PM ET). 8 counties in MTZ close at 7:00PM MT (9:00PM ET): Adams, Billings, Bowman, Golden Valley, Grant, Hettinger, Slope, Stark. 3 counties are in both CTZ and MTZ: Dunn (North Fox pct in rural Madaree and Antelope pct in Twin Buttes are CTZ) and McKenzie (Rhoades, Bennie Pierre, Sioux and Yellowstone pcts are MTZ) close at 7:00PM local time (8:00 & 9:00PM ET). Sioux county polling places are only in CTZ and close at 7:00PM local time.
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36OHETZ6:30 AM7:30 PM7:30 PMAny polling place located on an island not connected to mainland by highway or bridge may close earlier than 7:30pm if all registered voters in precinct have voted.
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37OKCTZ8:00 AM8:00 PM8:00 PM
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38ORMTZ & PTZ9:00 AM,10:00AM10:00 & 11:00 PM11:00 PM*All counties close at 8:00PM local time. Most of the state is in PTZ and closes at 11:00PM ET. Malheur county is mostly in the MTZ where polls close at 10:00PM ET, but no results are released until polls in the PTZ (southern part of Malheur) close at 11:00PM ET.
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39PAETZ7:00 AM8:00 PM8:00 PM
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40RIETZ7:00 AM8:00 PM8:00 PMHB 5661/SB 341 (passed 7/1/11) changed poll closing from 9:00PM ET to 8:00PM ET and also set poll opening as 7:00AM.
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41SCETZ7:00 AM7:00 PM7:00 PM
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42SDCTZ & MTZ8:00 AM, 9:00 AM8:00 & 9:00 PM9:00 PM*The majority of the state is in the CTZ and closes at 8:00PM ET, however, state law requires results be withheld until all polls in state are closed at 9:00PM ET. All polls close at 7:00PM local time. Counties in the MTZ close at 9:00PM ET: Bennett, Butte, Corson, Custer, Dewey, Fall River, Haakon, Harding, Jackson, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, Perkins, Shannon, Stanley (western part), and Ziebach.
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43TNETZ & CTZ 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM8:00 PM8:00 PMPolling places shall be open for a minimum of 10 hours but no more than 13 hours. All polling places having a population of not less than 120,000 must open by 8:00AM local time or earlier. All counties close at 8:00PM ET (counties in ETZ close at 8:00PM local time and counties in CTZ close at 7:00PM local time). Counties in the ETZ include: Anderson, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, Washington.
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44TXCTZ & MTZ8:00 AM, 9:00 AM8:00 & 9:00 PM8:00 PMAll counties close at 7:00PM local time. Most of the state is in the CTZ and closes at 8:00PM ET. Counties in MTZ close at 9:00PM ET: Culberson (pct of Salt Flat only), El Paso, Hudspeth. Polls with less than 50 registered voters may close early if all have voted.
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45UTMTZ9:00 AM10:00 PM10:00 PM
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46VTETZ5:00 AM - 10:00 AM7:00 PM7:00 PMPolls shall open no earlier than 5:00AM ETand no later than 10:00AM ET as determined by the local board of civil authority.
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47VAETZ6:00 AM7:00 PM7:00 PM
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48WAPTZ10:00 AM11:00 PM11:00 PM
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49WVETZ6:30 AM7:30 PM7:30 PM
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50WICTZ8:00 AM9:00 PM9:00 PM
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51WYMTZ9:00 AM9:00 PM9:00 PM
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Times in BOLD indicate the latest poll closing times in Eastern time in each state and represent when projections for statewide races may be made. Other races that are completely in an earlier time zone, can be called at the earlier poll closing time.
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*For AL,AK,AZ,ID,OR and SD, indicates time results may be released according to state law or practice.
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