Polls open on Election Day
November 6th, 2012
07:53 AM ET
6 years ago

Polls open on Election Day

(CNN) - Hours after the presidential candidates finished their final rallies, several states on the East Coast began opening their voting booths Tuesday morning.

With the exception of two small towns in New Hampshire, both of which opened shortly after midnight, Vermont became the first state to kick off Election Day when it opened some polls as early as 5 a.m. ET.

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Others began casting their ballots at 6 a.m. ET in Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, and the rest of New Hampshire.

Vice President Joe Biden cast his ballot Tuesday morning, shortly before 7:30 a.m. ET, at Alexis I. DuPont High School in Wilmington, Delaware, his home state. Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is schedule to vote in Belmont, Massachusetts around 8:30 a.m. ET.

Check out the list below for other times and find your nearest polling station using CNN's Voter Information Tool, which provides voters with their polling place, its hours of operation, directions and a ballot summary all based on home address.

6:30 a.m ET
North Carolina
West Virginia

7 a.m. ET
Washington, D.C.
Kansas (individual counties may choose to open at 7 a.m. ET, but most open at 8 am. ET)
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee (Times vary throughout the state; most polls open between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. ET)

8 a.m. ET
North Dakota
South Dakota

8:30 a.m. ET

9 a.m. ET
New Mexico

10 a.m. ET
Alaska (earliest poll opens at 7 a.m. local time for the small section that's in the Pacific Time Zone)

12 p.m. ET

- CNN Political Research Director Robert Yoon contributed to this report.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Believe it or not, Republicans are playing voter suppression games at the local level in New York. Just took an elderly relative to vote, but wound up going to three polling places.

    New York normally mails out post cards to registered voters informing them of the polling place, redistricting, etc. Not this year. At least not for registered Democrats. Registered Republicans got cards informing them of changes, but not the Democrats. Needless to say, the county has new Republicans goverment in place, which was not present in 2008 or 2010/

    November 6, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |

    Thank goodness for early voting. Willard, I hope you have boxes of Kleenex for all the tears that will be flowing at your Loser rally tonight.

    November 6, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Get to the polls – vote Romney/Ryan and don't let anybody push you out of line.

    November 6, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  4. Ancient Texan

    The NBP "poll watchers" with batons at the ready are already in place in Philadelphia, just like in 2008., and the DIMS are talking about the GOP "suppresing votes" with Voter ID.

    November 6, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  5. Rudy_Fan

    Just think- vote Obama and we're one heartbeat away from Biden at the helm. That is scarier than any part of this election.

    Romney/ Ryan

    November 6, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  6. BetterDaysAhead

    ROMNEY/RYAN 2012 FOR AMERICA! There ISs a better path and course than the present!

    November 6, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  7. Joyce

    Just voted for My President. Moving Foward!!!!

    November 6, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    I have a theory as to why Republicans were mailed cards about their polling place locations and Democrats were not. Republicans received their cards months ago, just in time for their primary vote. Democrats did not conduct a presidential primary in New York. Pres. Obama had no Democratic challengers.

    November 6, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  9. JEN

    Vote Obama!!! The sane thing to do. If you want to move forward, vote Obama, to move backward, vote Romney. I am voting to move Forward!!!!!

    November 6, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    The CBS morning show "This Morning" opened yesterday with a couple of video clips that summed up the stark contrast on core issues in this election. A clip of Romney saying, "We will take our country back." A clip of Obama saying, "We need to keep moving Forward."

    November 6, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  11. Harry From Pa

    Obama/BIden 2012, Moving Forward, I just voted for Obama, Obama will win Electoral College!

    November 6, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  12. jilllasalle

    I tried to vote using my student ID this morning (which is listed as acceptable on the state site). They told me I had to have an alternate form to supplement my student ID. I happened to have my driver's license (I always use my student ID traditionally), but they refused to let me today.

    November 6, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. Gurgyl


    November 6, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  14. GI Joe

    Obama/Biden 2012

    Kick the republican obstructions out.

    November 6, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. Flyer for family

    Obama has my vote......vote today

    November 6, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  16. Rore

    Romney has Divested Himself of ANY Interest IN an America that will Lead Americans, rich or poor, along The Path America's Founding Fathers set forth in The Bill of Rights; the US Constitution
    The Declaration of Independence: We hold these truths to be self-evident,
    all men [people] are created equal,
    they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
    among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

    Romney's 'mantra' of; 'If you can find a legal loophole to circumvent The Spirit OF The Law, by ALL Means; USE IT.'
    equates to this:
    Romney WILL sell-out ANY American for Money...
    He HAS Proven this^^^ time and again...
    What makes anyone 'think' Romney has changed his Core Values...? ~rore

    November 6, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. RobK

    In Philadelphia, an unprecedented number of Republican poll watchers have been kicked out by Democrats. Judges have reinstated them. The dirty tricks are starting – wonder how many ballots they managed to stuff into the machines. Obama must really fear losing Pennsylvania.

    November 6, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |