Election Day is a day in the United States where citizens vote for their chosen public officials. These range from state and local government officials all the way to presidential candidates. Election Day is held on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November. It can fall between the 2nd of November and the 8th.
Upcoming Dates & Where They Are Celebrated
Election Day ranges, depending on what year it is. Presidential elections are held every four years, while federal elections are held in even years. Here are the upcoming election days, for federal and presidential:
- Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - State holiday in New Jersey & Virginia
- Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - State holiday in 14 states
- Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - State holiday in 14 states
- Tuesday, November 8, 2022 - State holiday in 14 states
- Tuesday, November 5, 2024 - State holiday in 14 states
- Tuesday, November 3, 2026 - State holiday in 14 states
Where Is Election Day Considered A Holiday?
Election Day is considered a biennial holiday in the following states: Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Montana and West Virginia. It is not a federal holiday, so there isn't a guarantee for time off. However, many companies allow time off to vote, since it is important. Certain states also require time off to allow citizens to vote, often without losing pay.
Festivities & Events During Election Day
During Election Day, citizens make their way to the polls to cast their votes. How a vote is cast is different depending on the states, so check with your local office if you're unaware of how to cast your vote. Election Day is important to participate in because every citizens needs to have their voice heard on the matter of public issues. Local elections are just as important as the presidential election, though they gain less media worldwide. During Election Day, there may be protests or celebrations held, depending on where you are. Make sure you mark your holiday calendar for Election Day and arrive to the polls early on, to avoid waiting times.
A Brief History Of Election Day
Election Day has been held since 1792. Originally, there was an open window and votes were cast within a 34 day period. Then in 1845, it was decided that all votes should be cast on the same day. It made long distance communication easier between parties. Election Day is held on a Tuesday to make the travel time easier for citizens. This is in consideration for Sunday and church attendees.