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Election Day in United States of America 2018

When is Election Day?

Tuesday,
6th November, 2018

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Election Day is the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November. It is always between the 2nd of November and the 8th of November.

In the United States, Election Day falls on the 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in November in those years that are evenly divisible by 4. On this day, the entire country holds national elections for electors of the President (and Vice President).

On the even years, however, constituents elect House of Representatives members for 2-year terms and a 1/3 of the Senate for 6-year terms.

Election Day was first recorded between 1640 and 1650 as the day when Americans would vote in an election.

Election Day officially celebrates the day when elections are held in the United States. It was instituted back when America was an agrarian society to ensure that farmers would be able to travel to their country seat to vote.

Choosing Tuesday as Election Day meant that traveling to vote would not affect Sabbath Day (Sunday for most Americans at the time) and it would also not interfere with market day (which usually fell on Wednesday in many towns).

A civic holiday in several states – including the territory of Puerto Rico, West Virginia, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Montana, Kentucky, Hawaii, and Delaware – Election Day is celebrated to ensure that everyone votes in the national, state, and local elections in the United States.

Today, some states even require that workers are given some time off (with full pay) to go vote. For instance, California Elections Code Section 14000 stipulates that employees who are otherwise unable to cast their vote should be allowed 2 hours of (with pay) at the end or beginning of their shift.

There are no alternative names for Election Day.

Election Day is the day that is set by law for hosting the general elections of a variety of federal public officials. Set statutorily as the Tuesday following the 1st Monday of November or the 1st Tuesday after the 1st of November, the earliest possible date for Election Day is usually the 2nd of November while the latest possible date is the 8th of November.

Consider the following dates when Election Day will fall in the coming years:
– Nov 6 2018
– Nov 3 2020

A public holiday, Election Day is celebrated to ensure that citizens get the opportunity to elect public officials to a variety of government offices. The holiday always occurs on the Tuesday after the 1st Monday in November.

However, Election Day may also occur in even instead of odd years, but only for federal offices. For instance, Presidential elections take place every 4 years. Still, the day is also used for state and local elections for the sake of convenience.

Election Day is a civic holiday in a number of states. These include: the territory of Puerto Rico, West Virginia, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Montana, Kentucky, Hawaii, and Delaware.

Some other states, however, only just require that employers give their workers Election Day off (with full pay). For instance, California has stipulated that employees who are unable to vote should be allowed two hours off (with pay) at the end or beginning of their shift to go vote.

Election Day is not an official federal holiday in the United States.

However, it is a biennial or yearly holiday in the following states: West Virginia, Montana, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Hawaii, Delaware.

In some states, employees have a legal right to take some time off work to go vote and – in some cases – do this without losing their pay and earnings.

Many schools are used as polling places on Election Day. Although Election Day is not an official school holiday, this means that the schools have to be closed to allow for polling to take place.

Safety concerns also cause many schools to only have staff members around on Election Day. The National School Safety and Security Services (NSSSS) recognize that schools historically serve as voting places, and have done so for many years. This is why it recommends that students keep away from schools on Election Day.

The USPS (United States Postal Service) only closes on Sundays and federal holidays. Since Election Day is not a Sunday or a federal holiday, it follows that the USPS Post Offices are always open on Election Day.

Since Election Day is not a federal holiday, therefore, you can expect that the stock market will remain open on this day. This includes: the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), National Association Of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System (NASDAQ), American Stock Exchange (Amex), BSE, BEX, BOX, CBOE, CBOT, CME, CHX, ISE, MS4X, NSX, PHLX.

The businesses and organizations that close on Election Day vary from one to the next. Banks, for instance, always have the option to close. However, federal and government offices are open although some county and state offices can close if they wish to.

Universities and schools are closed to students.

Post offices, malls, parks, and shops are generally open.

Banks, government offices, post offices, malls, parks, and shops are generally open on Election Day.

Schools and universities are closed to students because they are usually used as polling stations during elections.

It’s a Holiday!

A law was passed in 1972 to allow all states to conduct official presidential elections anywhere between in the 34 days occurring before the 1st Wednesday of December. This would be the date when the Electoral Colleges (comprised of the Electors of the president and vice-president) would meet.

The most preferable date would have to fall in November or early December because by then harvesting would be done and the severest winter storms would still not have begun.

In 1845, Congress decided to choose a single date for national elections in every state. It chose the 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in November. This way, there would never be over 34 days between the official Election Day and the 1st Wednesday in December.

On Election Day, American citizens get the opportunity to vote through popular ballot for their candidates of choice at the national, state, and local levels of government. The way they vote mostly depends on where they live.

For instance, voting in Oregon happens by post with the stipulation that all votes should be received at a certain time on Election Day. On the other hand, voting in Washington almost exclusively occurs by post – with the envelopes containing voting papers having to be postmarked with the Election Day date. Other states require voters to meet at the polling stations to cast their ballots.

5 Election Day Important Facts

  1. Election Day is the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November.
  2. The first Election Day was between 1640 to 1650 as the day when Americans would vote for a president.
  3. Election Day is a civic holiday in some states, on other states it is a free day with full payment.
  4. In 1845 the Congress decided to choose a single date for the Election Day instead of having 34 days from the official Election’s Day date.
  5. Schools and universities are closed to students because they are usually used as polling stations during elections.

Upcoming holidays in the United States

Sat, Nov 10, 2018
Marine Corps Birthday
Sun, Nov 11, 2018
Mon, Nov 12, 2018
Veterans Day (observed)
Thu, Nov 22, 2018
Fri, Nov 23, 2018
Fri, Nov 23, 2018
Mon, Nov 26, 2018
Sun, Dec 02, 2018
First Sunday of Advent

Click here for all Holidays in the United State of America this year

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