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The primary dates below refer to when candidates are on the ballot for [[United States Congress elections, 2012|Congressional]], [[State executive official elections, 2012|State Executive]] or [[State legislative elections, 2012|State Legislative]] office.
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The primary dates below refer to when candidates are on the ballot for [[United States Congress elections, 2014|Congressional]], [[State executive official elections, 2014|State Executive]] or [[State legislative elections, 2014|State Legislative]] office. They may not relate to municipal or school board primaries unless that primary occurs on the same day as the statewide primary.
 
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*Deadline for voters to register to vote
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*Other notes
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Revision as of 17:59, 3 January 2014

Voter Information
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General Information
Election DatesPoll Opening and Closing Times
Voting in 2014 Primaries
Ballot access for major and minor party candidates

Absentee voting • Early voting 
Open Primary • Closed Primary • Blanket Primary
Online voter registration in the 50 states
This page contains voter registration information pertaining to the 2014 state primary elections.

The primary dates below refer to when candidates are on the ballot for Congressional, State Executive or State Legislative office. They may not relate to municipal or school board primaries unless that primary occurs on the same day as the statewide primary.

State-by-state breakdown

All 50 states were broken into three different groups by type of primary:[1]

  • 12 states use a closed primary system, allowing only officially recognized political parties and their registered voters access
  • 13 states have an open primary system, which allows voters of any party to vote for any candidate they choose
  • 3 states have a blanket primary, or top-two system, which allows all candidates to run and all voters to vote but only moves the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to the general election
  • 22 states have a mixed primary system, including:
    • Alaska: Parties decide who may vote in their primary election. The Alaska Democratic Party, Alaska Libertarian Party and Alaskan Independence Party allow any registered voters. The Alaska Republican Party allows only registered Republicans, nonpartisan or undeclared voters.[2]
    • Arizona: The primary is considered semi-closed. Unaffiliated voters may choose which party's primary they will vote in, but voters registered with a party can only vote in that party's primary.[3]
    • Colorado: The primary is considered closed, but unaffiliated voters may choose to affiliate with a party on election day in order to vote.[4]
    • Connecticut: Though parties decide who may vote in their primary election, the primary is considered closed as neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party allows any voter but those registered with their party to vote.[3]
    • Idaho: Parties decide who may vote. The Democratic Party allows unaffiliated voters to vote in their primary. The Republican Party allows only voters registered with their party. Unaffiliated voters can choose to affiliate with a party on election day, but they will be bound to that party at the next election as well.[3]
    • Illinois: Voters do not have to register with a party, but they do have to choose, publicly, which party's ballot they will vote on at the primary election.[5]
    • Indiana: Voters are not required to register with a party, but the ballot they get depends on their voting history, which party they have voted for most in the past.[6]
    • Iowa: The primary is closed, but voters are allowed to change their political party affiliation on election day.[7]
    • Maryland: Parties decide who may vote in their primary election and generally close it to all voters except those registered with their party.[8]
    • Massachusetts: Unaffiliated voters are allowed to vote in the primary election. They may choose which party ballot they wish to vote on and still remain unaffiliated.[9]
    • Mississippi: Voters do not have to register with a party, but they must intend to support the party nominations if they vote in the primary election.[10]
    • Nebraska: A blanket primary system is used for the nonpartisan legislature and some other statewide races.[1]
    • New Hampshire: Unaffiliated voters may vote in the primary, but in order to so they have to choose a party before voting. This changes their status from unaffiliated to affiliated with that party, unless they fill out a card to return to undeclared status.[11]
    • North Carolina: Parties decide who may vote, and they opened the primary election to unaffiliated voters. They may choose which ballot they want to vote on without affecting their unaffiliated status.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag
    • Oklahoma: Parties decide who may vote, so an unaffiliated voter must be authorized by a party in order to vote in the primary.[12]
    • Rhode Island: Unaffiliated voters may vote in a party's primary, but they will then be considered affiliated with that party. In order to disaffiliate, they must file a "Change of Party Designation" form.[13]
    • South Dakota: Parties decide who may vote. Registered Democrats and unaffiliated voters may vote in the Democratic primary. Only registered Republicans may vote in the Republican primary.[14]
    • Texas: Voters do not have to register with a party. At the primary, they may choose which party primary ballot to vote on, but in order to vote they must sign a pledge declaring they will not vote in another party's primary or convention that year.[3][15]
    • Utah: Parties decide who may vote. Registered Democrats and unaffiliated voters may vote in the Democratic primary. Only registered Republicans can vote in the Republican primary.[16]
    • Virginia: The primary is open; however, in order to vote in the Republican primary, voters must sign an oath of loyalty.[3]
    • West Virginia: Parties decide who may vote. Both parties allow unaffiliated voters to vote in their primaries.[3]


Full table

The table below contains the following information:

  • Primary date
  • Type of primary
  • Deadline for voters to register to vote
  • Other notes
Voting in Primary Elections 2014 Information
State Primary Date Type of Primary Registration Deadline Notes
Alabama 6/3/2014 Open 5/23/2014[17][18]
Alaska 8/19/2014 Mixed 7/20/2014[19] Must be a resident of the state and election district in which the person seeks to vote for at least 30 days before an election.[20]
Arizona 8/26/2014 Mixed 7/28/2014[21]
Arkansas 5/20/2014 Open 4/20/2014[22] Must be a resident of Arkansas for 30 days before election in order to vote.[22]
California 6/3/2014 Blanket primary 5/19/2014[23]
Colorado 6/24/2014 Mixed 6/2/2014 (by mail, at a voter registration agency, voter registration drive or DMV), 6/16/2014 (online) or election day (in-person at a voter service polling center)[24] Must be a resident of Colorado for the 22 days immediately prior to the election in order to vote.[24]
Connecticut 8/12/2014 Mixed 8/11/2014 at noon or on election day at designated Election Day Registration locations[25][26]
Delaware 9/9/2014 Closed 8/16/2014[27]
Florida 8/26/2014 Closed 7/28/2014[28]
Georgia 5/20/2014 Open 4/21/2014[29]
Hawaii 8/9/2014 Open 7/10/2014[30]
Idaho 5/20/2014 Mixed 4/25/2014 (if mailing in registration or registering at an agency) or on election day (must bring proof of residence)[31] Must reside in Idaho and the corresponding county for 30 days before an election in order to vote.[31]
Illinois 3/18/2014 Mixed 2/18/2014[32] Must reside in voting district for at least 30 days before the election in order to vote.[32]
Indiana 5/6/2014 Mixed 4/7/2014[33] Must live in Indiana for at least 30 days before an election in order to vote.[33]
Iowa 6/3/2014 Mixed 5/26/2014 (to pre-register) or on election day[34]
Kansas 8/5/2014 Closed 7/15/2014[35]
Kentucky 5/20/2014 Closed 4/21/2014[36] Must be a resident of Kentucky for at least 28 days before the election in order to vote.[36]
Louisiana 11/4/2014 Blanket primary 10/5/2014[37]
Maine 6/10/2014 Closed 5/20/2014 (by mail or through voter registration drive) or on election day (in person)[38] Must have a fixed, principal home in Maine in order to vote.[38]
Maryland 6/24/2014 Mixed 6/3/2014[39]
Massachusetts 9/16/2014 Mixed 8/20/2014[40]
Michigan 8/5/2014 Open 7/7/2014[41]
Minnesota 8/12/2014 Open 7/22/2014 (to pre-register) or on election day[42] Must reside in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding the election in order to vote.[43]
Mississippi 6/3/2014 Mixed 5/25/2014[44] Must reside in Mississippi for 30 days before the election in order to vote.[44]
Missouri 8/5/2014 Open 7/9/2014[45]
Montana 6/3/2014 Open 5/6/2014 (if deadline is missed, late registration is available at county election offices up until close of polls on election day)[46] Must have lived in Montana for at least 30 days before the election in order to vote.[46]
Nebraska 5/13/2014 Mixed 4/25/2014 (by mail or carrier) or 5/2/2014 (in person)[47]
Nevada 6/10/2014 Closed 5/10/2014[48] Must reside in Nevada for at least 30 days prior to election in order to vote.[48]
New Hampshire 9/9/2014 Mixed 8/30/2014 (if registering with a town clerk) or on election day[49]
New Jersey 6/3/2014 Closed 5/13/2014[50] Must reside in New Jersey for 30 days before the election in order to vote.[50]
New Mexico 6/3/2014 Closed 5/6/2014[51]
New York 6/24/2014 (for federal offices) and 9/9/2014 (for state offices) Closed 5/30/2014 (for federal primary) and 8/15/2014 (for state primary)[52] Must live at present address for at least 30 days before the election in order to vote.[52]
North Carolina 5/6/2014 Mixed 4/11/2014[53] Must reside in North Carolina for at least 30 days before the election in order to vote.[54]
North Dakota 6/10/2014 Open North Dakota does not have voter registration. Voters only have to prove they have lived in the state for 30 days before the election in order to vote.[55]
Ohio 5/6/2014 Mixed 5/7/2014[56] Must reside in Ohio for at least 30 days immediately preceding the election in order to vote.[57]
Oklahoma 6/24/2014 Mixed 5/30/2014[58]
Oregon 5/20/2014 Closed 4/29/2014[59]
Pennsylvania 5/20/2014 Closed 4/20/2014[60] Must reside in Pennsylvania for at least 30 days before the election in order to vote.[60]
Rhode Island 9/9/2014 Mixed 8/10/2014[61]
South Carolina 6/10/2014 Open 5/10/2014[62]
South Dakota 6/3/2014 Mixed 5/19/2014[63]
Tennessee 8/7/2014 Open 7/8/2014[64]
Texas 3/4/2014 Mixed 2/2/2014[65]
Utah 6/24/2014 Mixed 5/25/2014 (by mail) or 6/9/2014 (online)[66] Must reside in Utah for 30 days before election day in order to vote.[16]
Vermont 8/26/2014 Open 8/26/2014 at 5 p.m.[67]
Virginia 6/10/2014 Open 2/10/2014[68]
Washington 8/5/2014 Blanket primary 7/7/2014 (by mail or online) or 7/28/2014 (in person)[69]
West Virginia 5/13/2014 Mixed 4/22/2014[70]
Wisconsin 8/12/2014 Open 7/23/2014 (by mail) or on election day (in person)[71] Must reside in Wisconsin for 28 days before the election in order to vote.[71]
Wyoming 8/19/2014 Closed Election Day[72]

See also

References

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  4. Colorado Revised Statutes, "Title 1, Article 7, Section 201, Voting at primary election," accessed January 2, 2014
  5. Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago, "2014 Primary: Frequently Asked Questions," accessed January 2, 2014
  6. Indiana Code, "Section 3-10-1-6," accessed January 3, 2014
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