Primary election dates in 2010

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Red padlock.png = A signature filing deadline has elapsed or a primary election has been held.

Note: The signature-filing deadline is the date by which candidates must file nominating signatures with election officials in order to have their name placed on the ballot.

August 2010

10 states held their primaries in May, so that at the end of May, 22 states had held their 2010 primaries. 14 states hold their primaries in June, so when June is over, 36 state primaries will have taken place.

As of June 1, signature-filing deadlines have elapsed in 40 states, and 19 signature-filing deadlines remain. (The number of signature-filing deadlines adds up to more than 50 because several states have different deadlines for federal candidates versus state candidates, or for partisan candidates versus independent candidates.)

Chart

State Nominating Signature Deadline Primary Primary runoff
Alabama April 2 Red padlock.png June 1 Red padlock.png July 13 Red padlock.png
Alaska June 1 Red padlock.png August 24 N/A
Arizona May 26 Red padlock.png August 24 N/A
Arkansas March 8 Red padlock.png May 18 Red padlock.png June 8 Red padlock.png
California ! February 25 Red padlock.png June 8 Red padlock.png N/A
Colorado May 27 Red padlock.png August 10 N/A
Connecticut June 8 for Major Parties Red padlock.png August 4, others Red padlock.png August 10 N/A
Delaware May nominating conventions (Red padlock.png) July 13 (Red padlock.png) !! September 14 N/A
Florida April 30 for federal candidates (Red padlock.png), June 18th all others. Red padlock.png August 24 N/A
Georgia June 21 Red padlock.png July 20 Red padlock.png August 10
Hawaii July 20 by 4:30-PM HT Red padlock.png September 18 N/A
Idaho March 19 Red padlock.png May 25 Red padlock.png N/A
Illinois November 2, 2009-Party Candidates Red padlock.png, June 21st-Independents Red padlock.png February 2 Red padlock.png N/A
Indiana + ++ +++ February 19th-GOP and Democrats (Red padlock.png), June 30th-Independents/other candidates Red padlock.png May 4 Red padlock.png N/A
Iowa March 19 Red padlock.png June 8 Red padlock.png N/A
Kansas June 10-Partisan Candidates (Red padlock.png), August 2-Independents Red padlock.png August 3 Red padlock.png N/A
Kentucky January 26 Red padlock.png May 18 Red padlock.png N/A
Louisiana July 9th Red padlock.png !!! August 28 October 28-Party Candidates
Maine March 15 at 5 PM-ET for Party Candidates (Red padlock.png), Others June 1 (Red padlock.png) June 8 Red padlock.png N/A
Maryland July 6 Red padlock.png September 14 N/A
Massachusetts May 4-Partisan Red padlock.png, August 3-Independents[1] Red padlock.png September 14 N/A
Michigan May 11 Red padlock.png August 3 Red padlock.png N/A
Minnesota June 1st by 5:00 PM-CDT!! Red padlock.png August 10 N/A
Mississippi March 1-Federal Candidates (Red padlock.png), April 12-State Candidates (Red padlock.png) June 1 Red padlock.png June 22 Red padlock.png
Missouri March 30 Red padlock.png August 3 Red padlock.png N/A
Montana March 15 Red padlock.png June 8 Red padlock.png N/A
Nebraska February 15 Red padlock.png May 11 Red padlock.png N/A
Nevada January 15-Judicial Candidates (Red padlock.png), March 12-Non Judicial (Red padlock.png) June 8 Red padlock.png N/A
New Hampshire June 11 Red padlock.png September 14 N/A
New Jersey April 5 Red padlock.png June 8 Red padlock.png N/A
New Mexico February 9-Statewide[2] (Red padlock.png) and US Congress, March 16-All other candidates[3] (Red padlock.png) June 1 Red padlock.png N/A
New York July 15th-Party Candidates in Contested Primaries Red padlock.png, July 22nd-Candidates entering races with no previous party endorsement Red padlock.png, August 17th-Independents[4]. September 14 N/A
North Carolina February 26 Red padlock.png May 4 Red padlock.png June 22
North Dakota March 8 Red padlock.png June 8 Red padlock.png N/A
Ohio February 18-Partisan (Red padlock.png), May 3, Independents (Red padlock.png) May 4 Red padlock.png N/A
Oklahoma June 9 Red padlock.png July 27 Red padlock.png August 24
Oregon March 9-Partisan (Red padlock.png), August 24-Independents May 18 Red padlock.png N/A
Pennsylvania March 9 Red padlock.png May 18 Red padlock.png N/A
Rhode Island May 28 Red padlock.png September 14 N/A
South Carolina March 30 Red padlock.png June 8 Red padlock.png June 22 Red padlock.png
South Dakota March 30 Red padlock.png June 8 Red padlock.png June 29 Red padlock.png
Tennessee April 1 Red padlock.png August 5 Red padlock.png N/A
Texas January 4 Red padlock.png March 2 Red padlock.png April 13 Red padlock.png
Utah March 19 Red padlock.png June 22 Red padlock.png N/A
Vermont June 17 Red padlock.png !! August 24 Red padlock.png N/A
Virginia April 9 Red padlock.png June 8 Red padlock.png N/A
Washington June 11 Red padlock.png August 17 N/A
West Virginia January 30 Red padlock.png May 11 Red padlock.png N/A
Wisconsin July 13 Red padlock.png September 14 N/A
Wyoming May 28th-Partisan Candidates (Red padlock.png), August 23rd-Independents August 17 N/A

Denotes states using a nominating convention to choose candidates.

+ The February 19th Deadline in Indiana is for US Congress, US Senate, and State House of Representatives. Indiana Law mandates that all statewide officers regardless of party are nominated via a statewide convention[5]. All Libertarian Party candidates are nominated by a statewide convention with the deadline set for July 15th, 2010[5] [6].

++ All Democrat and Republican contenders for US House of Representatives, State Senate, and State House of Representatives are not required to file nominating petitions[7].

+++ The January 19th signature deadline is the final statewide certification deadline for U.S. Senate candidates. All US Senate candidates must have their petitions certified by the county election offices by 12:00 PM-EDT by January 16, 2010[8] [9] [10].

! In lieu of a filing fee mandated by California law[11].

!! State that changed its nominating deadline or primary election date in order to be compliance with the Miliary and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act [12] [13] [14]

!!!-Changed on an act of the state legislature in 2009-2010 [15].

External links

References

  1. Massachusetts Elections 2010 Election Calendar(See deadline to submit nomination papers to registrars)
  2. New Mexico Secretary of State "2010 Filing Day"(See 2010 Important Dates)
  3. New Mexico Secretary of State "2010 Filing Day"
  4. New York State Board of Elections "2010 Political Calendar"
  5. 5.0 5.1 FindLaw "Indiana Code"(Referenced Statute 3-8-7-8, Indiana Code)
  6. Indiana Secretary of State "2010 Candidates Manual"(See Pages 18, 23, 29, and 37)
  7. Indiana Secretary of State "2010 Candidates Manual"(See Pages 22 and 36)
  8. FindLaw "Indiana Code"(Referenced Statute 3-8-2-10)
  9. FindLaw "Indiana Code"(Referenced Statute 3-8-2-8)
  10. Indiana Secretary of State "2010 Candidates Manual"(See Pages 17)
  11. California Secretary of State "2010 Election Calendar"(See Signatures in Lieu of Filing Fee)
  12. La Crosse Tribune "New federal law could force primary date change", May 11, 2010 via phone
  13. [Verified with Vermont Elections Division on July 26, 2010]
  14. [Verified with Delaware Commissioner of Elections on July 26, 2010 via phone]
  15. Louisiana Secretary of State "2010 Election Calendar"