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Study: SD polls open 12 hours; ND’s 7-14

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South Dakota allows its citizens about the same amount of time to vote on Election Day as most states — 12 hours — according to a new report. The website SmartPolitics at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota recently conducted research on how long the polls are open in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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In the Northern Plains, Iowa’s polls are open the longest at 14 hours, with North Dakota having both the longest — and shortest — polling times, between 7 and 14 hours. South Dakota polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In North Dakota, they can be open starting from 7 a.m. through noon and running from 7 a.m. through 9 p.m. Nebraska’s polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Central time zone and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Mountain time zone.

Minnesota’s polling times can also vary, opening between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. and running through 8 p.m. Montana’s can also vary between eight to 13 hours, with polls opening between 7 a.m. and noon and running through 8 p.m. Wyoming’s polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Most states’ polls are open 12 to 13 hours. New York’s polls are open the longest at 15 hours. In Washington state, voters vote by mail only, according to the study.

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