Tuesday Is Election Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

By Anna Breuer on 2 November 2020
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Tuesday is Election Day in the United States, a day set by law for the general elections of federal public officials. By statute it is “the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November.”

While 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 Northern Mariana Islands.

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

GOVERNMENT OFFICES All Federal government offices are open on Tuesday, but city and state offices where Election Day is 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 Tuesday.

SCHOOLS Some will be closed, depending on location.

RESTAURANTS AND SHOPS.Most restaurants and retailers will be open and some will even hold Election Day sales but a few have announced plans to remain closed, including Ben & Jerry’s, J. Crew, Patagonia, and White Castle.  Some retailers such as Neiman Marcus will close early to guard against election-related violence and others including Saks Fifth Avenue and CVS have boarded up store windows and adding extra security at some locations.

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

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

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