2016 State Election Dates and Deadlines

U.S. Based Domestic Voters

State Election Date Voter Registration Absentee Ballot Request Absentee Ballot Return Early In-Person Voting
Alabama
Alabama State Primary Runoff Apr. 12 Mar. 28 Apr. 7 Hand delivered or postmarked by Apr. 11 No early voting in Alabama
Alabama General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 24 Nov. 3 Hand delivered or postmarked by Nov. 7 No early voting in Alabama
Alaska
Alaska State Primary Election Aug. 16 Postmarked by July 17; Email or fax received by July 17 Received by Aug. 6 Postmarked by Aug. 16 Aug. 1 – Aug. 16
Alaska General Election Nov. 8 Postmarked by Oct. 9; Email or fax received by Oct. 9 Received by Oct. 29 Postmarked by Nov. 8 Oct. 24 – Nov. 8
American Samoa
American Samoa General Election Nov. 8 No early voting in American Samoa
Arizona
Arizona Presidential Preference Election Mar. 22 Feb. 22 Received by Mar. 11 by 5pm Mar. 22 Feb. 24
Arizona State Primary Election Aug. 30 Aug. 1 Received by Aug. 19 by 5pm Aug. 30 Aug. 3 – Aug. 30
Arizona General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 10 Oct. 28 Nov. 8 Oct. 12 – Nov. 8
Arkansas
Arkansas Presidential Preference and State Primary Election Mar. 1 Feb. 1 Feb. 23 if by post, fax or email; Feb. 29 if in-person Mar. 1 Feb. 15 – Feb. 29
Arkansas State Primary Runoff Mar. 22 Feb. 22 To be announced To be announced Feb. 23
Arkansas General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 10 Nov. 1 if by post, fax or email; Nov. 7 if in-person Nov. 8 Oct. 24 – Nov. 7
California
California Presidential and State Primary Election June 7 May 23 May 31 Postmarked by June 7, Received by June 10 Dates vary by county: contact local election official
California General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 24 Nov. 1 Postmarked by Nov. 8; Received by Nov. 11 Dates vary by county: contact local election official
Colorado
Colorado Party Precinct Caucus Day Mar. 1 Feb. 1
Colorado State Primary Election June 28 June 20 (Election Day Registration is available) Domestic voters must update voter registration/mailing address by June 20. All active voters are mailed a ballot, so no ballot request needed. Transmitted by 7pm MT on June 28; Received by July 6
Colorado General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 31 (Election Day Registration is available) Domestic voters must update their voter registration/mailing address by Oct. 31. All active voters are mailed a ballot, so no ballot request needed. Transmitted by 7pm MT on Nov. 8; Received by Nov. 16 Oct. 24 – Nov. 8
Connecticut
Connecticut Presidential Primary Election Apr. 26 Apr. 21 for mail-in party registrations from new or unaffiliated voters; Apr. 25 for in-person party registration of new or unaffiliated voters; Jan. 26 for changes in party affiliation Apr. 5 Apr. 26 No early voting in Connecticut
Connecticut State Primary Election Aug. 9 July 19 No early voting in Connecticut
Connecticut General Election Nov. 8 Nov. 1 (Election Day Registration is available) Oct. 8 Nov. 8 No early voting in Connecticut
Delaware
Delaware Presidential Primary Election Apr. 26 Apr. 2 Apr. 25 by Noon EDT Apr. 26 by 8pm EDT No early voting in Delware
Delaware State Primary Election Sept. 13 Aug. 20 Sept. 12 by Noon EDT Sept. 13 by 8pm EDT No early voting in Delware
Delaware General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 15 Nov. 7 by Noon EDT Nov. 8 by 8pm EDT No early voting in Delware
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Presidential Primary AND District Primary June 14 May 23 June 7 June 14 June 5 – June 11
District of Columbia General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 17 Nov. 1 Nov. 8 Oct. 30 – Nov. 8
Florida
Florida Presidential Preference Primary Mar. 15 Feb. 16 Mar. 9 Mar. 15 Mar. 5 – Mar. 12
Florida State Primary Election Aug. 30 Aug. 1 Aug. 24 Aug. 30 Aug. 20 – Aug. 27
Florida General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 11 Nov. 2 Nov. 8 Oct. 29 – Nov. 5
Georgia
Georgia Presidential Preference Primary Election Mar. 1 Feb. 1 Feb. 26 Mar. 1 Begins Feb. 8
Georgia State Primary Election May 24 Apr. 26 To be announced Recommended 30 days prior to election: Apr. 26 Begins May 2
Georgia General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 11 Sept. 20 Nov. 8 Begins Oct. 17
Guam
Guam Territory Primary Aug. 27
Guam General Election Nov. 8 To be announced To be announced To be announced No early voting in Guam
Hawaii
Hawaii State Primary Election Aug. 13 July 14 Aug. 6 Aug. 13 Aug. 1 – Aug. 11
Hawaii General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 10 Nov. 1 Nov. 8 Oct. 25 – Nov. 5
Idaho
Idaho Republican Presidential Primary Election Mar. 8 Feb. 12; Election Day Registration is available Mar. 2 Mar. 8 Feb. 22 – Mar. 4
Idaho State Primary Election May 17 Apr. 22; Election Day Registration is available May 11 May 17 May 2 – May 13
Idaho General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 14 Nov. 2 Nov. 8 Oct. 24 – Nov. 4
Illinois
Illinois Presidential and State Primary Election Mar. 15 Feb. 16 (Grace Period: until Mar. 15) Mar. 10 Mar. 15 Feb. 29 – Mar. 14
Illinois General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 11 (Grace Period until Nov. 8) Nov. 3, Nov. 7 if requesting in person Nov. 8 Sept. 29 – Nov. 7
Indiana
Indiana Presidential and State Primary Election May 3 Apr. 4 Post received by Apr. 25; In-person request, noon, May 2 May 3 After Apr. 5 (In-person Absentee Voting)
Indiana General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 11 Post received by Oct. 31; In-person request by noon, Nov. 7 Nov. 8 After Oct. 11 (In-person Absentee Voting)
Iowa
Iowa State Primary Election June 7 May 27 June 3 June 7 In-person Absentee Voting: Varies by county; contact local election official
Iowa General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 29 Nov. 4 Nov. 8 In-person Absentee Voting: Varies by county; contact local election official
Kansas
Kansas State Primary Election Aug. 2 July 12 July 29 Aug. 2 July 26 – Aug. 1
Kansas General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 18 Nov. 4 Nov. 8 Nov. 1 – Nov. 8
Kentucky
Kentucky State Primary Election May 17 Apr. 18 May 10 May 17 In-person Absentee Voting: Varies by county; contact local election official
Kentucky Presidential Primary (Dem) May 17 Apr. 18 May 10 May 17 In-person Absentee Voting: Varies by county; contact local election official
Kentucky General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 11 Nov. 1 Nov. 8 In-person Absentee Voting: Varies by county; contact local election official
Louisiana
Louisiana Presidential Preference Primary Election Mar. 5 Feb. 3 Mar. 1 by 4:30pm CST Mar. 4 by 4:30pm CST Feb. 20 – Feb. 27
Louisiana General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 11 Nov. 4 by 4:30pm CST Nov. 7 by 4:30pm CST Oct. 25 – Nov. 1
Maine
Maine State Primary Election June 14 Per post by May 24; Same Day Voter Registration is available June 8 June 14 In-person Absentee Voting: contact local election official
Maine General Election Nov. 8 Per post by Oct. 18; Same Day Voter Registration is available Nov. 3 Nov. 8 In-person Absentee Voting: contact local election official
Maryland
Maryland Presidential and State Primary Election Apr. 26 Apr. 5 Apr. 19 for ballot by mail, Apr. 22 for electronic ballot Postmarked by Apr. 26; Received by May 6 Apr. 14 – Apr. 21
Maryland General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 18 Nov. 1 for ballot by mail; Nov. 4 for electronic ballot Postmarked by Nov. 8; Received by Nov. 18 Oct. 27 – Nov. 3
Massachusetts
Massachusetts Presidential Primary Election Mar. 1 Feb. 10 Feb. 29 by 12 pm EST Mar. 1 No early voting in this election
Massachusetts State Primary Election Sept. 8 Aug. 19 Sept. 7 by 12pm EST Sept. 8 No early voting in this election
Massachusetts General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 19 Nov. 7 by 12 pm EST Nov. 8 Oct. 24 – Nov. 4 Early Voting
Michigan
Michigan Presidential Preference Primary Election Mar. 8 Feb. 8 Mar. 5 by 2 pm Received by Mar. 8 by 8pm In-person Absentee Voting until Mar. 7, 4pm
Michigan State Primary Election Aug. 2 July 5 Received by July 30 by 2pm Received by Aug. 2 by 8pm June 20 – Aug. 1; In-person Absentee Voting; contact local election office
Michigan General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 11 Received by Nov. 5 by 2 pm Received by Nov. 8 by 8pm Sep 24 – Nov. 7; In-person Absentee Voting; contact local election office
Minnesota
Minnesota State Primary Election Aug. 9 July 19 (Election Day Registration is available) No deadline Aug. 9 In-person Absentee Voting as of June 25
Minnesota General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 18 (Election Day Registration is available) No deadline Nov. 8 In-person Absentee Voting as of Sep 24
Mississippi
Mississippi Presidential and State Primary Election Mar. 8 Postmarked by Feb. 6 Received by Mar. 7; In-person by Mar. 5 by 12pm CST Mar. 8 No early voting in Mississippi
Mississippi General Election Nov. 8 Postmarked by Oct. 8 Post received by Nov. 7; In-person request by Nov. 5, 2015 by 12pm CST Nov. 8 No early voting in Mississippi
Missouri
Missouri Presidential Primary Election Mar. 15 Feb. 17 Mar. 9 by 5 pm Mar. 15 No early voting in Missouri
Missouri State Primary Election Aug. 2 July 6 July 27 Aug. 2 No early voting in Missouri
Missouri General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 12 Nov. 2 by 5 pm Nov. 8 No early voting in Missouri
Montana
Montana Presidential and State Primary Election June 7 May 9 June 6 by 12 pm June 7 May 9 – June 6; In-person Absentee Voting
Montana General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 11 Nov. 7 by 12 pm Nov. 8 Oct. 10 – Nov. 7; In-person Absentee Voting
Nebraska
Nebraska Presidential and State Primary Election May 10 Apr. 22 May 4 by 4 pm Received by May 10 by 8pm CDT Apr. 11 – May 9
Nebraska General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 21 Nov. 2 by 4 pm Nov. 8 Oct. 3 – Nov. 7
Nevada
Nevada State Primary Election June 14 May 14; May 24 if online or in-person June 7 June 14 May 28 – June 10
Nevada General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 8; Oct. 18 if online or in-person Nov. 1 Nov. 8 Oct. 22 – Nov. 4
New Hampshire
New Hampshire State Primary Election Sept. 13 May 31 last day to change party affiliation; Sept. 6 last day to register Sept. 12 Sept. 13 No early voting in New Hampshire
New Hampshire General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 29 Nov. 7 Nov. 8 if by mail No early voting in New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Jersey Presidential and State Primary Election June 7 May 17 May 31 by mail; 3:00 pm June 6 in person June 7 by 8pm No early voting in New Jersey
New Jersey General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 18 Nov. 1 if by mail; Nov. 7 3:00 pm in person Nov. 8 by 8pm No early voting in New Jersey
New Mexico
New Mexico Presidential and State Primary Election June 7 May 10 June 3 June 7 Begins May 11
New Mexico General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 11 Nov. 4 Nov. 8 Begins Oct. 12
New York
New York Presidential Primary Election Apr. 19 Mar. 25 Postmarked by Apr. 12; In-person by Apr. 18 Postmarked by Apr. 18, Received by Apr. 26 No early voting in New York
New York Federal Primary Election June 28 June 3 Postmarked by June 21; In-person by June 27 Postmarked by June 27; Received by July 5 No early voting in New York
New York State and Local Primary Election Sept. 13 Aug. 19 Postmarked by Sept. 6; In-person by Sept. 12 Postmarked by Sept. 12; Received by Sept. 20 No early voting in New York
New York General Election Nov. 8 Postmarked by Oct. 14 and received by Oct. 19; In-person by Oct. 14 Postmarked by Nov. 1; In-person by Nov. 7 Postmarked by Nov. 7, Received by Nov. 15 No early voting in New York
North Carolina
North Carolina Presidential and State Primary Election Mar. 15 Feb. 19 Mar. 8 Received by Mar. 15 by 5pm Mar. 3 to Mar. 12
North Carolina General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 14 Nov. 1 Nov. 8 Oct. 27 – Nov. 5
North Dakota
North Dakota State Primary Election June 14 No voter registration required June 13 June 13 Early Voting: contact local election official
North Dakota General Election Nov. 8 No voter registration required Nov. 7 Nov. 7 Early Voting: contact local election official
Ohio
Ohio Presidential and State Primary Election Mar. 15 Feb. 16 Mar. 12 Postmarked Mar. 14, Received by Mar. 25, In-Person by Mar. 15 Feb. 17 – Mar. 14
Ohio General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 11 Nov. 5 Postmarked Nov. 7, Received by Nov. 18, In-Person Nov. 8 Oct. 12 – Nov. 7
Oklahoma
Oklahoma Presidential Preference Primary Election Mar. 1 Feb. 5 Feb. 24 by 5pm Mar. 1 Feb. 25 8am – 6pm; Feb. 26 8am – 6pm; Feb. 27 9am – 2pm
Oklahoma State Primary Election June 28 June 3 June 22 by 5pm June 28 June 23 8am – 6pm; June 24 8am – 6pm; June 25 9am – 2pm
Oklahoma General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 14 Nov. 2 by 5pm Nov. 8 Nov. 3 8am – 6pm; Nov. 4 8am 6pm; Nov. 5 9am – 2pm
Oregon
Oregon Presidential and State Primary Election May 17 Apr. 26 May 11 May 17 No early voting in Oregon
Oregon General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 18 Nov. 3 Nov. 8 No early voting in Oregon
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Presidential and State Primary Election Apr. 26 Mar. 28 Apr. 19 Apr. 22 No early voting in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 11 Nov. 1 Nov. 4 No early voting in Pennsylvania
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico State Primary Election June 5 Apr. 18 To be announced To be announced No early voting in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico General Election Nov. 8 Sept. 19 To be announced To be announced No early voting in Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
Rhode Island Presidential Preference Primary Election Apr. 26 Mar. 27 Apr. 5 Apr. 26 No early voting in Rhode Island
Rhode Island State Primary Election Sept. 13 Aug. 14 Aug. 23 Sept. 13 No early voting in Rhode Island
Rhode Island General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 9 Oct. 18 Nov. 8 No early voting in Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Carolina State Primary Election June 14 May 14 June 10 June 14 In-person Absentee Voting May 16 – June 13
South Carolina General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 8 Nov. 4 Nov. 8 In-person Absentee Voting Oct. 10 – Nov. 7
South Dakota
South Dakota Presidential and State Primary Election June 7 May 23 June 6 June 7 In-person Absentee Voting as of Apr. 22
South Dakota General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 24 Nov. 7 Nov. 8 In-person Absentee Voting as of Sep 24
Tennessee
Tennessee Presidential Primary Election Mar. 1 Feb. 1 Feb. 23 Mar. 1 Feb. 10 – Feb. 23
Tennessee State Primary Election Aug. 4 July 5 July 28 Aug. 4 July 15 – July 30
Tennessee General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 11 Nov. 1 Nov. 8 Oct. 19 – Nov. 3
Texas
Texas Presidential and State Primary Election Mar. 1 Feb. 1 Received by Feb. 19 Mar. 1 Feb. 16 – Feb. 26
Texas State Primary Runoff May 24
Texas General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 11 Oct. 28 Nov. 8 Oct. 24 – Nov. 4
Utah
Utah State Primary Election June 28 Post by May 30; Online or in person by June 21 June 23 June 28 June 14 – June 24
Utah General Election Nov. 8 Post by Oct. 11; Online or in-person by Nov. 1 Nov. 3 Nov. 8 Oct. 25 – Nov. 4
Vermont
Vermont Presidential Preference Primary Election Mar. 1 Feb. 24 Feb. 29 Mar. 1
Vermont State Primary Election Aug. 9 July 11 Aug. 8 Aug. 9 June 26 – Aug. 8
Vermont General Election Nov. 8 Nov. 2 Nov. 7 Nov. 8 Sept. 25 – Nov. 7
Virginia
Virginia Presidential Primary Election Mar. 1 Feb. 8 Feb. 23 if by post, fax or email; Feb. 27 if in-person Mar. 1 No early voting in Virginia
Virginia State Primary Election June 14 May 23 June 7 June 14 No early voting in Virginia
Virginia General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 17 Nov. 1; In-person requests accepted until Nov. 5 by 5pm Nov. 8 No early voting in Virginia
Virgin Islands
Virgin Islands General Election Nov. 8 To be announced To be announced To be announced No early voting in the Virgin Islands
Virgin Islands Primary Election Aug. 6 To be announced To be announced To be announced No early voting in the Virgin Islands
Washington
Washington Presidential Primary Election May 24 Apr. 25 if by mail or online; May 16 if in-person Not Applicable: Washington has all mail elections. Ballots are mailed 18 days before the election. Not applicable: Washington has all mail elections. Ballots are due on Election Day. No early voting in Washington.
Washington State Primary Election Aug. 2 July 4 if online; July 25 in-person online Not Applicable: Washington has all mail elections. Ballots are mailed 18 days before the election. Not applicable: Washington has all mail elections. Ballots are due on Election Day. No early voting Washington
Washington General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 10 if by mail or online, Oct. 31 if in-person Not Applicable: Washington has all mail elections. Ballots are mailed 18 days before the election. Not applicable: Washington has all mail elections. Ballots are due on Election Day. No early voting Washington
West Virginia
West Virginia Presidential and State Primary Election May 10 Apr. 19 May 4 Postmarked by May 10, Recieved by May 16; Hand delivered by May 9 Apr. 27 – May 7
West Virginia General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 18 Nov. 2 Postmarked by Nov. 8, Recieved by Nov. 18; Hand delivered by Nov. 7 Oct. 26 – Nov. 5
Wisconsin
Wisconsin Presidential Preference Vote Apr. 5 Mar. 16 if by mail, Apr. 1 if in-person (Election Day Registration is available) Mar. 31 Postmarked by Apr. 5, Received by Apr. 8, 2015 In-Person Absentee Voting available from Mar. 21 to Apr. 1 (not on weekends)
Wisconsin State Primary Election Aug. 9
Wisconsin General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 19 if by mail, Nov. 4 if in-person (Election Day Registration is available) Nov. 3 Postmarked by Nov. 8, Received by Nov. 11 In-Person Absentee Voting available from Oct. 24 to Nov. 4 (not on weekends)
Wyoming
Wyoming State Primary Election Aug. 16 Aug. 1 (Election Day Registration is available) Aug. 15 Aug. 16 In-Person Absentee Voting as of July 8
Wyoming General Election Nov. 8 Oct. 24 Nov. 7 Nov. 8 In-Person Absentee Voting as of Sept. 30

1 comment for “2016 State Election Dates and Deadlines

  1. Admin
    April 21, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    When it says “To be announced” visit http://progressives.org/elections/voter-help/ and use the link for the state to see if there’s an update.

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