Tuesday is Election Day in the US: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

A New York City polling place

Tuesday is Election Day in the United States, the day set by law for general elections of federal public officials. By statute it is “the Tuesday following the first Monday of November.”

Election day occurs only in even-numbered years for federal offices such as president, vice president, senators, and representatives in the House. Presidential and vice-presidential elections occur every four years, in years divisible by four, while House of Representatives elections occur every two years and Senate elections (Senate elections are staggered so that one-third of the senators are elected in any given election year). ) every two years for six-year terms, unless there is a special election to fill a vacancy.

In addition to elections for federal office, many state, municipal, and local elections are held on Election Day for convenience.

Although Election Day is not a federal holiday, it is a state holiday in many jurisdictions, including Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, West Virginia, the territory of Puerto Rico and the Commonwealth of the United States. Northern Mariana Islands.

Here’s what you need to know about what’s open for business and up and running in the United States — and what isn’t — on Tuesday.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES All federal government offices are open Tuesday, but city and state offices where Election Day falls on a holiday will be closed.

POST OFFICE Post offices will be open and regular mail delivery will be in effect.

BANKS Almost all financial institutions will be open on Tuesday.

SCHOOLS Some will be closed, depending on the location.

RESTAURANTS AND SHOPS Most restaurants and retailers will be open and some will even hold sales on Election Day, but some have announced plans to open several hours later than usual to give employees time to vote.

FINANCIAL MARKETS The nation’s stock and bond markets will be open on Tuesday.

TRANSPORTATION Almost all public transportation systems, such as buses, subways, and commuter rail systems, will operate on normal schedules.

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