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Voting in Primary Elections 2012 Information
State Primary Date Type of Primary Registration Date Notes
Alabama 6/5/2012 Open Voter Registration closes 10 days prior to the election.[1]
Alaska 8/28/2012 Closed 7/29/2012[2] Closed caususes for both parties, but voters may change party affiliation at polls or caucus.
Arizona 8/28/2012 Closed 7/30/2012[3]
Arkansas 5/22/2012 Open 4/23/2012[4] Open, but when runoff elections are used, voters must vote in same party's runoff election as they voted for in the first round election.
California 6/5/2012 Open The deadline for voters to register is 15 days prior to election day.[5] Open "Top 2 Primary Election"; the top two candidates move to the General Election.
Colorado 6/26/2012 Closed[6] 5/29/2012[7]
Connecticut 8/14/2012 Closed 8/13/2012[8] 3 month waiting period if switching parties
Delaware 9/11/2012 Closed 8/18/2012[9]
Florida 8/14/2012 Closed 7/16/2012[10]
Georgia 7/31/2012 Open 7/2/2012[11] When runoff elections are used, voters must vote in same party's runoff election as they voted for in the first round election.
Hawaii 8/11/2012 Closed 7/12/2012[12]
Idaho 5/15/2012 Closed 4/20/2012[13] Closed primary system. However, Idaho law allows the political parties the option of opening their primary to "unaffiliated" voters. In 2012, the Democratic Party opened its primary to unaffiliated voters while the GOP kept its primary closed. Decisions to do so must be made at least 6 months prior to the election.
Illinois 3/20/2012 Closed/Mixed 2/21/2012[14] Voters can change parties each year. Closed primary. Voters may change party affiliation at polls or caucus.
Indiana 5/8/2012 Open 4/9/2012[15] Voters must declare political affiliation before they vote. However, primary ballot is dependent on previous affiliation history.
Iowa 6/5/2012 Closed/Mixed Can Register the day of the election.[16] Deadline if planning to register before election: 5/26/2012[17] Closed caucuses, but voters may change registration at polls.
Kansas 8/7/2012 Closed/Mixed 7/17/2012[18] In the Democratic caucus, independent voters can register as Democrats on caucus day. For republicans it is a closed caucus.
Kentucky 5/22/2012 Closed 4/23/2012[19] You may change your political party registration at any time on or before December 31st to remain eligible to vote in the following political party primary election.
Louisiana 11/6/2012 Open Voters must register 30 days prior to the election in order to vote.[20]
Maine 6/12/2012 Closed Can register the day of the election[21] Closed caucuses. Can register the day of the election.
Maryland 4/3/2012 Closed 3/13/2012[22] Parties can choose to open primaries but both Democrats and Republicans chose not to. If a voter does not choose a party, he or she will be recorded as "unaffiliated" and is only permitted to vote in the primary election if a party chooses to open its primary.
Massachusetts 9/6/2012 Closed/Mixed 8/17/2012[23] Registered Democrats and Republicans can only vote for their own party in the primary but independent voters may decide which party they would like to vote for.
Michigan 8/7/2012 Open 4/9/2012[24] Voters must register at least 30 days before the election.
Minnesota 8/14/2012 Open Voters who wish to register in advance must pre-register at least 21 days before Election Day. However, voters may also register on Election Day at their polling place.[25] Open caucuses. Voters who wish to register in advance must pre-register at least 21 days before Election Day. However, voters may also register on Election Day at their polling place.
Mississippi 3/13/2012 Open 2/12/2012[26]
Missouri 8/7/2012 Open 7/11/2012[27]
Montana 6/5/2012 Mixed 5/6/2012[28] Republicans have a closed caucus, while Democrats have an open primary.
Nebraska 5/15/2012 Closed 4/27/2012 (by mail) or 5/4/2012 (in person)[29]
Nevada 6/12/2012 Closed 5/22/2012 (in person) or 5/12/2012 (by mail)[30] Closed caucuses.
New Hampshire 9/11/2012 Mixed 9/4/2012, or on election day[31] Registered Democrats and Republicans can only vote for their own party in the primary but independent voters may decide which party they would like to vote for. Unregistered voters can register on election day.
New Jersey 6/5/2012 Mixed 5/15/2012[32] Registered Democrats and Republicans can only vote for their own party in the primary. Any NJ voter who has never on a previous occasion voted in a NJ primary election may declare a party affiliation at the poll. Independents may also decide which party to vote for.
New Mexico 6/5/2012 Closed 5/8/2012[33]
New York 6/26/2012 Closed 6/1/2012[34]
North Carolina 5/8/2012 Closed 4/13/2012[35] If registered with a party, you must vote in that party's primary. If unaffiliated, you may choose a party on the day of the primary election
North Dakota 6/12/2012 Open North Dakota has no voter registration -- in order to vote, voters must simply prove that they have resided in the state for 30 days.[36] North Dakota has no voter registration -- in order to vote, voters must simply prove that they have resided in the state for 30 days.
Ohio 3/6/2012 Mixed Voter registration closes 30 days prior to an election.[37] Must vote in the primary of same party as the voter participated in last primary election. Loosely enforced. However, if a voter wishes to vote in another party's primary, he or she must register with that party in order to vote.
Oklahoma 6/26/2012 Closed 6/1/2012[38]
Oregon 5/15/2012 Closed 4/24/2012[39]
Pennsylvania 4/24/2012 Closed 3/25/2012[40]
Rhode Island 9/11/2012 Closed/Mixed 8/11/2012[41] If you are registered as "unaffiliated" you may vote in the primary of any party you choose. Once you vote in a primary, however, you are considered a member of that party until and unless you "disaffiliate".
South Carolina 6/12/2012 Open 5/12/2012[42] Open, but when runoff elections are used, voters must vote in same party's runoff election as they voted for in the first round election.
South Dakota 6/5/2012 Closed 5/21/2012[43] In the Democratic Primary, Independents are allowed to vote.
Tennessee 8/2/2012 Open 7/3/2012[44]
Texas 5/29/2012 Open 4/30/2012[45] Open, but when runoff elections are used, voters must vote in the same party's runoff election as they voted for in the first round election.
Utah 6/26/2012 Mixed 6/11/2012 or 5/29/2012 (by mail)[46] Currently only Republicans close their primary. Democrats and independents can vote in the Democratic primary. Conventions are held by the political parties prior to the primary.
Vermont 8/28/2012 Open 8/22/2012[47]
Virginia 6/12/2012 Open 5/21/2012[48][49] Parties may choose to nominate by convention rather than by primary election.
Washington 8/7/2012 Open 7/9/2012 or 7/30/2012 (first time voters)[50]
West Virginia 5/8/2012 Closed/Mixed 4/17/2012[51] Uniaffiliated voters and members of minor parties may vote in the Democratic or Republican primaries. The Mountain party typically holds a convention where they choose a candidate.
Wisconsin 8/14/2012 Open 7/25/2012 (mail) or 8/10/2012 (in person)[52] Voters may register at the polls if they bring valid proof of residence.
Wyoming 8/21/2012 Closed 8/6/2012[53] Voters may register at the polls if they provide valid ID.


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