Election Day – Tuesday, November 8 – is a special day where voters across the country cast their votes. But it’s not a federal holiday.
That means the stock market will be open, and so will banks like bank of America, PNC bench and Wells Fargo. The US Postal Service will also deliver mail on Tuesday, according to its holiday schedule.
Most businesses will also be open, although a few may change their hours of operation a bit. For example, outdoor goods retailer REI Co-op will delay the opening of its stores by two hours to give workers time to vote. Outdoor clothing maker Patagonia closes its stores, offices and distribution center for a day and gives employees paid leave.
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Some state and local offices will also be closed because Election Day is a public holiday in many states, meaning state employees get a day off.
Which States Consider Election Day a Public Holiday?
States, including Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia, consider Election Day a legal holiday and most state offices are closed.
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Is there school on Election Day?
Some schools close for Election Day, but that decision will likely be made by your local district. public schools in New York City and Chicago, among other districts across the country, will be closed for one day. Other students, including those in Anchorage, Alaska, may have a distant learning day instead.
Check with your local school or district for closures in your area.
Do I get free to vote?
Depending on where you live, your employer must give employees time to vote, and in some states, employers will pay you to do so. In some cases, you must request leave to vote in advance and, if necessary, provide proof of voting.
What are we going to vote on this Election Day?
All 435 seats in the US House of Representatives are up for election in a by-election — ostensibly because they take place halfway through a four-year presidential term. Also, about a third of the Senate’s 100 seats are on ballots in 34 states.
Many state and local elected offices, including governors, attorneys general and school boards, will also be at stake in the US.
Contributors: Wyatte Grantham-Philips and Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY.
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