As a Californian, I’m pleased that our voting code insists on proper illocutionary acts. Can you imagine how disappointing it would be if the folks running a polling place didn’t loudly announce the openness of the polls?

Opening the Polls
• On the day of any election, the polls must open at exactly
7:00 a.m. and remain open continuously until closing time at
8:00 p.m. (These times may differ for unconsolidated
municipal elections). When the polls are opened, poll
workers should announce loudly, "The polls are open,"
before allowing any ballots to be cast. Voting shall begin as
soon as the polls are opened. (§§ 10242, 14212-14214)
Closing the Polls
• When the polls are closed, poll workers should proclaim
loudly, "The polls are closed." No voters who arrive after the
polls close may cast votes. (§§ 14401, 14402)

Jasper Nighthawk @jaspernighthawk