What is open and closed on election day? Post Offices, Banks and More – NBC Chicago

With Election Day fast approaching, you may be wondering if businesses will be open as usual, mail will be delivered and government offices will be closed.

The short answer – it depends on where you live.

Whether or not Election Day is classified as a holiday varies widely across the country and in Illinois. In some areas, this may seem like a normal weekday. In others, it might be like what you would expect on other vacations.

Election Day is not currently considered a federal holiday, which means federal offices will remain open as usual. The US Postal Service will deliver mail as scheduled and post offices will operate during regular hours.

Other federal agencies, such as the Social Security Administration, will also follow their typical daily schedule.

Although not recognized as such federally, Election Day is a statutory holiday in Illinois and 10 other states. As a result, state offices, including the Illinois Secretary of State Driver Services facilities, will be closed.

Departments and offices run by Cook County will also be closed for the day, as it is also considered a county holiday.

In the city of Chicago, Election Day is not listed as a holiday on its website, which means city offices should be open for business. Chicago Public Schools, however, says classes will not be in session as its schools and offices will be closed in respect.

Across the state, several university systems, such as the University of Illinois and Illinois State University, will be closed all day.

While some banks may be closed, some of the largest US banks will remain open including: Bank of America, Chase Bank and Key Bank.

Businesses will largely operate during regular hours, although some may open later to give employees a designated time to vote.

NBC Chicago

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