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Absentee Ballot Counting Begin Dates and Canvassing Deadlines for the November 2016 General Election

The chart provides the earliest date that states may begin counting absentee ballots. Regardless of when states begin counting absentee ballots, no state releases any count or tabulation of absentee ballots prior to the close of polls on Election Day.

What is the state canvassing information posted here? The Secretary of State, State Elections Board, or the State Canvassing Board must meet by, or establish, a certain date following the election to canvass the results. The process typically involves compiling and reviewing the county canvass results and certifying the winners of the election, subject to any races where a recount is required/requested. Note: Dates listed in this chart may represent THE LAST POSSIBLE DAY to canvass. States may hold the canvass prior to their final date allowed.  Please consult with state election offices for specifics.


State


Polling Place Hours
(In local time, unless noted)
When Absentee Ballot Counting May Begin State Canvassing Date/Deadline

Alabama

7:00 AM - 7:00 PM Close of Polls Election Day By Nov. 30

Alaska

7:00 AM - 8:00 PM  Close of Polls Election Day Nov. 29 (certification target date)

Arizona

 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM Nov 1 Dec. 5

Arkansas

7:30 AM - 7:30 PM  On Election Day Within 30 days of Nov. 23 county canvass deadlien

California

 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM Oct 29 By Dec. 10 (presidential electors)

Colorado

 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM Oct 24 By Dec. 8

Connecticut

 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM At time designated by registrars Nov. 30

Delaware

 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM Nov 4 Nov. 10

Florida

 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM Oct 24 Nov. 22

Georgia

7:00 AM - 7:00 PM On Election Day Nov. 22

Hawaii

 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM On Election Day On receipt of certified tabulations

Idaho

 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM On Election Day By Nov. 23

Illinois

6:00 AM - 7:00 PM  Close of Polls Election Day By Dec. 9

Indiana

6:00 AM - 6:00 PM  On Election Day By Nov. 29

Iowa

7:00 AM - 9:00 PM  Non 7 By Dec. 5

Kansas

 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM On Election Day By Dec. 1

Kentucky

 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM On Election Day By Nov. 28

Louisiana

6:00 AM - 8:00 PM  On Election Day By Nov. 21

Maine

6:00 AM - 8:00 PM  Close of Polls Election Day  By Nov. 28

Maryland

7:00 AM - 8:00 PM  Nov 10 By Dec. 13

Massachusetts


 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM Close of Polls Election Day Upon receipt of local canvass results

Michigan

 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM On Election Day By Nov. 28

Minnesota

 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM Close of Polls Election Day Nov. 29

Mississippi

 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM Close of Polls Election Day By Dec. 8

Missouri

 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM Close of Polls Election Day By Dec. 13

Montana

7:00 AM - 8:00 PM  On Election Day By Dec. 5

Nebraska

 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM (MST)
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM (CST)
Nov 7 Dec. 5

Nevada

 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM On Election Day Nov. 22

New Hampshire

Varies Close of Polls Election Day After time period for requesting a recount

New Jersey

 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM On Election Day By Dec. 6

New Mexico

7:00 AM - 7:00 PM  Close of Polls Election Day Nov. 29

New York

 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM On Election Day Dec. 12

North Carolina

6:30 AM - 7:30 PM  On Election Day Nov. 29

North Dakota

7:00 AM - 9:00 PM  Nov 7 By Nov. 25

Ohio

 6:30 AM - 7:30 PM Close of Polls Election Day No later than 10 days after receipt of county canvass results

Oklahoma

7:00 AM - 7:00 PM  On Election Day Nov. 15

Oregon

 N/A* (*Vote-by-mail) Nov 1 By Dec. 8

Pennsylvania

7:00 AM - 8:00 PM  Close of Polls Election Day Upon receipt of county canvass results

Rhode Island

 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM On Election Day Upon receipt of county canvass resutls

South Carolina

 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM On Election Day By Nov. 18

South Dakota

 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM On Election Day By Nov. 15

Tennessee

 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM (CST) Close of Polls Election Day Upon receipt of county canvass results

Texas

 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM On Election Day By Dec 12.

Utah

 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM Prior to canvass By Nov. 22

Vermont

 Open by 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM On Election Day Nov. 15

Virginia

 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM On Election Day Nov. 21

Washington

N/A* (*Vote-by-mail) On Election Day By Dec. 8

West Virginia

 6:30 AM - 7:30 PM On Election Day By Dec. 8

Wisconsin

7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

 

On Election Day By Dec. 1



Wyoming

 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM On Election Day Nov. 16

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