What you need to know when you go to the polls on General Election Day

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The big day is almost here: General Election Day is less than 24 hours away and millions of voters all over the country will be heading to the polls.

Here in Hawaii, more than 201,000 people have already cast their ballots by either early walk-in voting or by mail.

Tuesday is the last chance for voters to make a decision in the 2016 general election.

Here’s what you need to know to make your time at the polling place run smoothly:

Polling places will open at 7 a.m. and will stay open until 6 p.m. One qualifier is for voters who are still standing in line when the clock hits 6, they will still be allowed to vote.

If you’re not sure about where to go to cast your ballot, you can call the State Office of Elections at 453-VOTE (8683).

You’ll need to bring some form of identification with you in order to vote — this can be either a valid photo ID, a utility bill, bank statement or pay stub. Any other government form of ID that shows your name and address is also acceptable.

Finally, if you want to vote but think you can’t make it to the polls because of work, state law requires employers to allow their employees two consecutive hours off from work in order to vote. Employees can’t be punished or forced to make up that time away from work needed to vote.

Elections officials, however, encourage people to vote either before work or to leave an hour before your shift ends.

The first printout of election results will be released once polls close statewide. That first report is expected to come out around 7 p.m., and we’re told it will contain tallies from roughly 70 percent of all absentee ballots, all early voting walk-in ballots and most mail-in ballots.

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