Election Dates

United States Elections 2013

The 2013 U.S. general election will be held on Tuesday, the 5th of November 2013. This off-year election will only feature special elections to the United States Congress, if any. There will also be municipal, school board,gubernatorial and state legislative elections in a few states; as well as numerous citizen initiatives,and a variety of other local offices on the ballot.

Gubernatorial Elections

The United States gubernatorial elections of 2013 will be held on November 5, 2013 in the states of New Jersey and Virginia

  • Virginia: The current governor, Republican Bob McDonnell will be term-limited in 2013.The term limits Virginia imposes on its governors are more strict than any other state in the country: under the commonwealth's constitution, no governor may serve back-to-back terms. This means that McDonnell, unlike other governors in their first term, is ineligible to run for re-election until a full term has passed.
  • New Jersey: The current governor, Republican Chris Christie is running for a second term.Christie's approval ratings have hovered at or above 50% consistently throughout 2012, and broke records as the highest approval rating of any New Jersey Governor in a recent Farleigh Dickinson poll.

U.S. Congressional Special Elections

As of March 2013, a total of four congressional special elections have been scheduled to occur at some point in 2013. Of the four races,2 Republican seats (U.S. House) and 2 Democratic seats(1 U.S. House seat and 1 U.S. Senate seat) are at stake.

  • Illinois: The 2nd congressional district of Illinois will hold a special election for the U.S. House of Representatives on April 9, 2013.The election is being held to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. (D).
  • Missouri: The 8th congressional district of Missouri will hold a special election for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013.The election will be held to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Representative Jo Ann Emerson (R).
  • South Carolina: The 1st congressional district of South Carolina will hold a special election for the U.S. House of Representatives on May 7, 2013.he election will be held to fill the vacancy left by the appointment of Representative Tim Scott (R) to the United States Senate. South Carolina has an open primary system, in which any registered voter can choose which party's primary to vote in, without having to be a member of that party.
  • Massachusetts: Massachusetts will hold a special election for the U.S. Senate in 2013. The general election is scheduled for June 25, 2013.The special election will be held to fill the vacancy left by the appointment of Senator John Kerry (D) as U.S. Secretary of State. Massachusetts has a mostly closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members. In Massachusetts, however, independent voters may select which party's primary to vote in.

State Legislature Elections

3 state legislative chambers will hold state legislative elections on November 5, 2013. New Jersey State senate,New Jersey General Assembly, Virginia House of Delegates.

  • New Jersey: Legislators are elected from 40 legislative districts of substantially equal population. The voters in each district elect one Senator and two members of the General Assembly. Legislative elections are held in November of each odd-numbered year. Members of the Assembly serve two-year terms. Senators serve four-year terms, except for the first term of a new decade, which is only two years.
  • Virginia: The 40 members of the Senate serve four-year terms and the 100 members of the House serve two-year terms. Members may not hold any other elected public office during their term of office.

Municipal Elections

Some of the large cities holding mayoral elections include:


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