2020 Election Day: Are banks open? Will mail be delivered? What’s open, closed on Tuesday?

What is open, closed on Election Day?

Tuesday is Election Day, and while most stores and government offices will be open, some will be closed.

Retailers, restaurants and schools will be open. The U.S. Postal Service will be delivering mail, and the New York Stock Exchange and other markets will be trading on Tuesday. Banks will also be open.

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What’s closed?

Eleven states and Puerto Rico have declared Election Day a civic holiday — Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia. That means that in those states, government offices, with the exception of election offices, will be closed on Tuesday and non-essential state workers will have the day off.

In 2019, House Democrats proposed a plan to make Election Day a federal holiday, but the legislation was not passed.

A 2018 Pew survey found that 71% of Democratic-leaning voters and 59% of Republican-leaning voters favored the idea of making Election Day a federal holiday. Many surveyed said they favored making Election Day a holiday because it was difficult to get the time off to make it to the polls to vote.

Some businesses allow workers time off to cast a ballot.