What Time Do Polls Close? Ohio, Florida and Each State Voting Today

Tuesday, 06 Nov 2012 05:32 PM

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Wondering what time polls close by you in order to get your vote in on time? Curious about when polls close, allowing results to flow? 

A day's worth of voting wraps up Tuesday evening, with many of the key battleground states closing their polls by 8 p.m. EST.

Although exit polls are already starting to appear, actual results in the 2012 presidential election won't roll in until the first polling stations close their doors.

In Florida, the majority of polling stations close at 7, but locations in the Panhandle end an hour later. In 2000, controversy ensued when some TV networks declared Al Gore the winner at 7:50 p.m., before voting in the state had concluded, specifically in the Republican heavy portion of the state that site in the Central time zone.  In ensuing elections, news organizations have been cautious not to repeat the same mistake.

In Ohio, considered the key battleground state, voting closes at 7:30. Thirty minutes later, Pennsylvania will wrap up.

The latest polling stations close at 1 a.m., when voting in Alaska is complete.

6 p.m.
Indiana*
Kentucky*

7 p.m.
Florida*
Georgia
Indiana*
Kentucky*
South Carolina
Vermont
Virginia

7:30 p.m.
North Carolina
Ohio
West Virginia

8 p.m.
Alabama
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida*
Illinois
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Mississippi
Missouri
New Hampshire
New Jersey
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Dakota*
Tennessee
Texas*

8:30 p.m.
Arkansas

9 p.m.
Arizona
Colorado
Kansas*
Louisiana
Michigan*
Minnesota
Nebraska
New Mexico
New York
South Dakota*
Texas*
Wisconsin
Wyoming

10 p.m.
Idaho*
Iowa
Kansas*
Montana
Nevada
North Dakota*
Oregon*
Utah

11 p.m.
California
Hawaii
Idaho*
North Dakota*
Oregon*
Washington

12 a.m. & 1 a.m.
Alaska*

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