When is Election Day?
How long until Election Day?
|This holiday next takes place in 565 Days.|
Dates of Election Day
States that observe in 2019
|Tuesday after the 1st Monday in November every two years.|
Election Day is a US State Holiday observed on several states on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November every even numbered year.
The earliest possible date that Election Day can fall on is 2nd November, and the latest possible date is 8th November.
History of Election Day
Presidential elections are held every four years, in years divisible by four, in which electors for President and Vice President are chosen according to the method determined by each state.
Elections to the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate are held every two years.
Other state and local government elections may also take place on this day.
Presidential elections began on this date in 1848. It is said that a Tuesday was chosen as in those days it would take many voters more than a day to travel to exercise their democratic right and that they shouldn't have to travel on a Sunday.
To encourage voter turnout, Election Day is a civic holiday in several states, while some other states require that workers be allowed to take time off with pay. California Elections Code Section 14000 provides that employees otherwise unable to vote must be allowed two hours off with pay, at the beginning or end of a shift.
In recent years, frustration with low voter turnout has led to a push to designate Election Day as a national holiday. A number of bills to this effect have been introduced in recent years, though to date none have made it through the legislative process.
In November 2014, after a voter turnout of less than 40%, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced legislation to create the holiday called Democracy Day, though it didn't result in any change during the 113th Congress.
Some have noted that Veterans Day is a federal holiday close to Election Day and have suggested merging the two.