How long are polling places open? Here's the full Nov. 8 voting schedule by state.

AP

In a few days, voters across the country will go to the polls to make an important choice: Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump — or a third-party candidate? Voters are taking each candidate's positions and campaigns into account before casting their ballot on November 8, but it's also important know when to head to the polling place itself.

Polling hours can differ greatly

Election guidelines are specific to each state, which means polling hours can differ greatly based on location. Though some states have one schedule for all polling places, others leave the choice up to individual municipalities or base their times on a district's population size. To avoid getting caught off-guard and missing out on this historic election, here's a complete list of each state's Election Day polling hours.

Election guidelines are specific to each state, which means polling hours can differ greatly. Source: Lynne Sladky/AP
Election guidelines are specific to each state, which means polling hours can differ greatly.  Lynne Sladky/AP

Polling hours by state

Alabama: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Alaska: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Arizona: 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Arkansas: 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

California: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Colorado: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
*Colorado is an elections-by-mail state, so these hours apply only to those voting in-person on Election Day.

Connecticut: 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Delaware: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Florida: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Georgia: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (until 8:00 p.m. for cities with a population of 300,000 or more)

Hawaii: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Idaho: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
*Idaho polling places will open at 7:00 a.m. at the county clerk's discretion.

Illinois: 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Indiana: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Iowa: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Kansas: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
*Polls may open earlier or close later at the county's discretion.

Kentucky: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Louisiana: 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Maine: 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
*Though all Maine polling places close at 8:00 p.m., opening times will vary based on the municipality. Municipalities with a population of less than 500 will open between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., while polling places in municipalities with a population of 500 or more will open between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.

Maryland: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Massachusetts: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
*Municipalities have the discretion to open polling places as early as 5:45 a.m.

Michigan: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Minnesota: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
*Polling places in municipalities containing fewer than 500 registered voters may open as late as 10:00 a.m.

Mississippi: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Missouri: 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Montana: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
*Hours may change at polling places that have fewer than 400 registered voters, though they will be open from at least noon to 8:00 p.m. Once all registered voters in any precinct have voted, the polling place will be closed immediately.

Nebraska: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Central); 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Mountain)

Nevada: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

New Hampshire: Varies
*Voters should check with their specific polling place, but polling places will generally open between 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m.

New Jersey: 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

New Mexico: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

New York: 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

North Carolina: 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
*If polling times are interrupted or delayed for a period of more than 15 minutes, these times may be extended.

North Dakota: Varies
*Polls will open between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. depending on the specific polling place, and will close between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Precincts that received fewer than 75 votes in the last general election may potentially open as late as noon.

Ohio: 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Oklahoma: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Oregon: None
*Oregon is an elections-by-mail state with no designated polling hours, and all ballots must be received by 8:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Voters that would like to cast their ballot on November 8 may do so at a local municipal clerk's office.

Pennsylvania: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Rhode Island: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

South Carolina: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

South Dakota: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Tennessee: Varies
*Tennessee's polling hours vary by county, with each county determining their polling places' opening times at least 15 days before the election. Polling places located in the Eastern time zone will close at 8:00 p.m., and those on Central time will close at 7:00 p.m.

Texas: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Utah: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Vermont: Varies
*Vermont polling places will all close at 7:00 p.m., but opening times will be between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Virginia: 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Washington: None
*Washington is an elections-by-mail state with no designated polling hours. Ballots may be returned either by mail or in-person at a designated ballot drop box. On Election Day, voters may return their ballot to the county elections department by no later than 8:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

Washington, D.C.: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

West Virginia: 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Wisconsin: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wyoming: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
*In states where polling hours are individually determined by polling place or county, voters should check with their polling location directly about their Election Day hours. Voters can find their polling place here.