November 8 is election day, and while most shops and government offices are open, some will be closed.
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Shops, restaurants and schools will be open. The US Postal Service will deliver the mail, and the New York Stock Exchange and other markets will trade on Election Day. Banks will also be open.
What is closed?
Nineteen states and Puerto Rico have declared Election Day a holiday – Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
This means that in these states, government offices, except election offices, will be closed on Tuesday and non-essential workers in the state will have the day off.
In 2019, House Democrats proposed a plan to make Election Day a federal holiday, but the legislation did not pass.
Two-thirds of Americans support creating a federal holiday for voting, according to the American Bar Association’s annual civic literacy survey. The survey also found strong support for other measures to make voting easier.
Cox Media Group