U.S. Politics

2016 Primary Elections Schedule

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The 2016 U.S. general election will be held on Tuesday, the 8th of November 2016. This election year will feature competitive Presidential Election, and elections to the United States Congress. The entire US House Of Representatives - all 435 members are up for re-election this year. There will also be municipal, school board,gubernatorial,and state legislative elections in many states; as well as numerous citizen initiatives,and a variety of other local offices on the ballot.

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2016 Congressional and State Primary Dates

EventDate
January 2016 Dates
Alabama -- Special Primary Election Day-State house district 80January 19, 2016
February 2016 Dates
Iowa -- Democratic and Republican caucuses. Tentatively scheduled.February 1, 2016
New Hampshire -- Presidential Preference Primary Election DayFebruary 9, 2016
Nevada -- Democratic Party Presidential Caucus
Notes: Pursuant to Nevada law, Nevada does not conduct Primary Elections to select Presidential candidates. Instead,major political parties will hold caucuses in the beginning of 2016 at dates, times, and locations that they will determine.
February 20, 2016
South Carolina -- Republican Presidential Preference Primary - Saturday, February 20, 2016February 20, 2016
Nevada -- Republican Party Presidential CaucusFebruary 23, 2016
South Carolina -- Democratic Presidential Preference Primary - Saturday, February 27, 2016February 27, 2016
March 2016 Dates
Alaska -- Republican Party Caucus : Number of Delegates: 28 Total DelegatesMarch 1, 2016
Alabama -- Presidential Preference Primary and Statewide Primary ElectionMarch 1, 2016
Arkansas -- Preferential Primary Election and Nonpartisan ElectionMarch 1, 2016
Colorado -- Republican Party and Democratic Party Precinct Caucus Day.
Notes: (In each even-numbered year, political parties hold their precinct caucus on the 1st Tuesday in March)
March 1, 2016
Georgia -- Presidential Preference Primary and Special Election March 1, 2016
Massachusetts -- Presidential PrimaryMarch 1, 2016
Minnesota -- Republican/Democratic caucus March 1, 2016
Oklahoma -- Presidential Preferential PrimaryMarch 1, 2016
Tennessee -- ELECTION DAY (Presidential Preference Primary and County Primary)March 1, 2016
Texas -- March 1 Presidential Primary and State Primary ElectionsMarch 1, 2016
Virginia -- Presidential Primary Election DayMarch 1, 2016
Vermont -- PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARYMarch 1, 2016
Wyoming -- March 1, 2016 - Republican Presidential caucusMarch 1, 2016
Arkansas -- Republican Party Caucus - To participate in the Republican caucus, people have to have been registered as RepublicansMarch 5, 2016
Kansas -- The 2016 Kansas Democratic party and Republican party Presidential Caucus will be held on Saturday, March 5.
2016 Kansas Democratic Party Senate District Caucuses - There will be 47 caucuses across the state, one in each Senate District
March 5, 2016
Kansas -- Republican Caucus day - To participate in the Republican caucus, people have to have been registered as RepublicansMarch 5, 2016
Kentucky -- Republican Party Caucus - Poll Hours: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM March 5, 2016
Louisiana -- Presidential Preference Primary and Municipal PrimaryMarch 5, 2016
Maine -- Republican Party Caucus March 5, 2016
Nebraska -- Democratic Party Caucus March 5, 2016
Maine -- Democratic Party Caucus March 6, 2016
Puerto Rico -- Republican Party Primary : Number of Delegates: 23 Total DelegatesMarch 6, 2016
Hawaii -- Republican Party Caucus March 8, 2016
Idaho -- Scheduled Elections: US President for Republican Party and US President for Constitution PartyMarch 8, 2016
Michigan -- Presidential Primary Election DayMarch 8, 2016
Mississippi -- State Primary and Presidential Primary Election DayMarch 8, 2016
Washington DC -- Republican Party Convention : Number of Delegates: 19 Total DelegatesMarch 12, 2016
Florida -- Presidential Preference Primary ElectionMarch 15, 2016
Illinois -- Presidential Primary Election and State Primary Election DayMarch 15, 2016
Missouri -- Presidential Preference PrimaryMarch 15, 2016
Northern Marianas -- Republican Party Caucus : Number of Delegates: 9 Total DelegatesMarch 15, 2016
North Carolina -- Presidential Primary and State Primary Election DayMarch 15, 2016
Ohio -- Presidential Primary and State Primary Election DayMarch 15, 2016
Virgin Islands -- Republican Party Caucus : Number of Delegates: 9 Total DelegatesMarch 19, 2016
Idaho -- Democratic Party Caucus March 22, 2016
Utah -- Democratic and Republican Presidential Caucus.March 22, 2016
Alaska -- Democratic Party CaucusMarch 26, 2016
Hawaii -- Democratic Party Caucus March 26, 2016
Washington -- Democratic Party Caucus March 26, 2016
April 2016 Dates
California -- April 5, 2016 Assembly District 31, Special Primary Election (Wholly contained within Fresno County)April 5, 2016
Wisconsin -- PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE & SPRING ELECTION for President of the United States, Supreme Court Justice, Court of Appeals Judge, Circuit Court Judge, County Nonpartisan Offices, Municipal Offices, School District Offices, and Referenda (if required). April 5, 2016
Wyoming -- Democratic Presidential CaucusApril 9, 2016
New York -- Presidential Primary Election DayApril 19, 2016
Connecticut -- Presidential Primary Election DayApril 26, 2016
Delaware -- Presidential Primary Election: Polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Only registered voters from participating parties may vote.April 26, 2016
Maryland -- Presidential Primary and State Primary ElectionsApril 26, 2016
Pennsylvania -- Presidential Primary Election DayApril 26, 2016
Pennsylvania -- primary election DayApril 26, 2016
Rhode Island -- Presidential Preference Primary ElectionApril 26, 2016
May 2016 Dates
Indiana -- May 3,2016 Democratic and Republican PrimaryMay 3, 2016
Tennessee -- ELECTION DAY (County primaries if applicable) May 3, 2016
Nebraska -- Presidential Primary Election DayMay 10, 2016
Nebraska -- Statewide Primary Election DayMay 10, 2016
West Virginia -- Primary Election DayMay 10, 2016
West Virginia -- Presidential Primary Election DayMay 10, 2016
Idaho -- Primary Election — 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Scheduled elections: Federal, Statewide, Legislative and Judicial Offices ;County Offices;Port District Primary ;Regional Airport Authority
May 17, 2016
Kentucky -- State Primary Election and Presidential Primary - DemocraticMay 17, 2016
Oregon -- Presidential Primary Election DayMay 17, 2016
Oregon -- Primary Election DayMay 17, 2016
Washington -- PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARYMay 24, 2016
June 2016 Dates
Puerto Rico -- State PrimaryJune 5, 2016
California -- Presidential Primary Election Day (7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.)June 7, 2016
Iowa -- PrimaryJune 7, 2016
Montana -- State Primary Election and Presidential Primary Election Day June 7, 2016
North Carolina -- Congressional PrimaryJune 7, 2016
North Dakota -- Democratic Caucus ElectionsJune 7, 2016
New Jersey -- Presidential Primary Election DayJune 7, 2016
New Jersey -- Primary Election DayJune 7, 2016
New Mexico -- Presidential Primary ElectionJune 7, 2016
New Mexico -- Primary Election DayJune 7, 2016
South Dakota -- Presidential Primary and State Primary Election DayJune 7, 2016
Washington DC -- Presidential Primary (Democratic Party only) and Local Primary Election
Qualified electors may register to vote and/or cast full ballots for their precincts at the polling places for their precincts of residence.
June 14, 2016
Maine -- State Primary Election and potential Referendum ElectionJune 14, 2016
North Dakota -- Primary Election DayJune 14, 2016
Nevada -- Primary Election (Federal/State): Vote 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day at Your Assigned Polling Place,
A Primary Election is a preliminary (nominating) election to select, when necessary, Democratic, Republican and nonpartisan candidates who will run in the General Election contests (except candidates for special district offices because they will only appear in the General Election). The direct vote of the people selects the candidates, rather than votes of convention delegates. In State/Federal Elections, Nevada has CLOSED Primary elections.
June 14, 2016
South Carolina -- State Primary Election DayJune 14, 2016
Virginia -- Primary Election DayJune 14, 2016
Colorado -- State Primary Election Election
Notes:(Polls open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)
June 28, 2016
New York -- Federal Primary Election DayJune 28, 2016
Oklahoma -- Primary Election DayJune 28, 2016
South Carolina -- Primary Runoff Polls open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.June 28, 2016
Utah -- Primary Election DayJune 28, 2016
August 2016 Dates
Kansas -- August 2, 2016 - Kansas State Primary ElectionAugust 2, 2016
Michigan -- State Primary Election DayAugust 2, 2016
Missouri -- State Primary Election DayAugust 2, 2016
Ohio -- Special Primary Election DayAugust 2, 2016
Washington -- State Primary Election DayAugust 2, 2016
Tennessee -- Primary ELECTION DAY (State Primary and County General) AugustAugust 4, 2016
Virgin Islands -- Primary ElectionAugust 6, 2016
Arkansas -- Municipal Primary ElectionAugust 9, 2016
Connecticut -- Primary for State District and Municipal OfficesAugust 9, 2016
Minnesota -- State Primary Election DayAugust 9, 2016
Vermont -- STATE PRIMARY ELECTION DAYAugust 9, 2016
Wisconsin -- 2016 Partisan PrimaryAugust 9, 2016
Hawaii -- PRIMARY ELECTIONAugust 13, 2016
Alaska -- Primary Election Day - Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.August 16, 2016
Wyoming -- Primary Election DayAugust 16, 2016
Wyoming -- August 16, 2016 - State Primary ElectionAugust 16, 2016
Guam -- Primary Election @ 7:00 a.mAugust 27, 2016
Arizona -- Primary ElectionAugust 30, 2016
Florida -- State Primary Election DayAugust 30, 2016
September 2016 Dates
Massachusetts -- State Primary Election DaySeptember 8, 2016
Delaware -- State Primary Election
Polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Only registered voters from participating parties may vote.
September 13, 2016
New Hampshire -- State Primary Election Day - Unregistered voters may register and vote this day.September 13, 2016
New York -- State and Local Primary Election DaySeptember 13, 2016
Rhode Island -- Primary Election DaySeptember 13, 2016

Note: Laws, rules, and procedures in State and local elections may differ depending on the type of election.

General Elections:

General elections have the most offices and issues on the ballot and usually generate more interest and higher turnout than any other elections.Most offices on the general election ballot are partisan.

Primary and Caucus

Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for the next general election. The main difference between a caucus and a primary is that a caucus involves face-to-face interaction between voters, where voters can try to persuade one another to vote for (or against) a certain candidate.

Municipal Elections

In municipal elections, registered voters elect members of their local government, such as mayors, council people, township supervisors and district judges.

School Elections

School elections are held to elect school board members and community college directors

Special Elections

A special election is held when someone who is already in office can no longer serve and must be replaced. All registered voters in the district can vote in a special election.

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