United States Primary Candidate Filling deadline Dates 2020
US Primary Candidate Filling Deadlines
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Primary candidate filing deadlines
Starting in September 2019, several states began accepting petitions and other materials from the presidential campaigns to facilitate getting their person on the ballot during the primary. Such filings are generally not required in states that instead have caucuses conducted directly by the political parties.
Requirements for filing vary by state. Some state may require candidates to submit petitions with thousands of signatures from supporters within the state. In other states, their secretaries of state or elections officials determine an approved list of "generally advocated or recognized candidates in national news media"; those not put on these lists must then submit signature petitions to get on the primary ballot.
In some states like Florida,Georgia,Kansas,Massachusetts,Minnesota,South Carolina,and Washington,primary candidates instead file directly with their state political party, who then in turn submit their list of candidates to their state's Secretary of state/elections department.
The following is a list of deadlines for those states where the candidates must file directly with their secretary of state or state elections department:
Petition for those candidates not determined by the state as a "generally advocated or recognized candidate by the national news media"
December 24: Missouri
January 3: Illinois
January 15: Mississippi
January 24: Maryland
January 25: West Virginia
January 28: Indiana,Kentucky,Wisconsin
February 28 Delaware
March 4: District of Columbia
March 6: Connecticut
March 9: Montana
March 10: Oregon
March 31: South Dakota
US Elections Democratic and Republican Debates Dates 2020
January 14: The seventh Democratic debate will take place in Des Moines, Iowa at Drake University.
February 7: The eighth Democratic debate will take place in Goffstown, New Hampshire at St. Anselm College.
February 15–17: The Moving America Forward Infrastructure Forum will be held at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, by the IUOE, ASCE, TWUA, ARTBA, APTA, AEM, and other groups. Infrastructure policy will be discussed, with a focus on transportation, water, and broadband issues.
February 19: The ninth Democratic debate will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada.
February 25: The tenth Democratic debate will take place in Charleston, South Carolina at The Gaillard Center
US Elections Democratic and Republican Primary and caucuses Dates 2020
The following primary and caucus dates have been scheduled by state statutes or state party decisions, but are subject to change pending legislation, state party delegate selection plans, or the decisions of state secretaries of state:
February 3: Iowa caucuses
February 11: New Hampshire primary
February 22: Nevada caucuses
February 29: South Carolina primary
March 3: Super Tuesday (Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia primaries); American Samoa caucuses; Democrats Abroad party-run primary for expatriates features a March 3–10 voting period.
March 10: Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, and Washington primaries; North Dakota firehouse caucuses (identical to a party-run primary).
March 14: Northern Mariana Islands caucuses
March 17: Arizona, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio primaries
March 24: Georgia primary
March 29: Puerto Rico primary
April 4: Alaska, Hawaii, and Louisiana primaries; Wyoming caucuses
April 7: Wisconsin primary
April 28: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island primaries
May 2: Kansas primary; Guam caucuses
May 5: Indiana primary
May 12: Nebraska and West Virginia primaries
May 19: Kentucky and Oregon primaries
June 2: Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota primaries
June 6: United States Virgin Islands caucuses
June 16: District of Columbia primary (bill proposing a move to June 2 has been approved by the DC Council and now only awaits final approval by the U.S. Congress for enactment)
The 57 states, districts, territories, or other constituencies with elections of pledged delegates to decide the Democratic presidential nominee, currently plan to hold the first major determining step for these elections via 50 primaries[o] and seven caucuses (Iowa, Nevada, Wyoming, and four territories). The number of states holding caucuses decreased from 14 in the 2016 nomination process to only three in 2020