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Filing & primary date formulas for all states

by: Jon Henrik Gilhuus

Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 19:42:56 PM EST


I've spent the last few days browsing through various state law sites and election pages looking for their highly varying rules and regulations governing filing deadlines and primary elections (this is what us nerds do on weekends). Where there is a difference I have focused only on major party filing and primary dates and ignored independents and minor parties.

This list is what I've come up with (I would have put it in a table but the RRH system won’t let me). If y'all have corrections and/or information where I have not been able to find anything, please inform me in the comments section. Later I'll post a complete calendar of the 2013 and 2014 cycles with deadlines and primary dates as they are right now.

Alabama

Filing deadline: 60 days prior to primary.

Primary election: Midterm years: First Tuesday in June. Presidential years: Second Tuesday in March. Run-offs always six weeks later.

 

Alaska

Filing deadline: First weekday in June.

Primary election: Fourth Tuesday in August.

 

American Samoa

Filing deadline: September 1.

Primary election: First round on National Election Day, run-off two weeks later if needed. [NO REFERENCE]

 

Arizona

Filing deadline: 90 days prior to primary.

Primary election: 10 weeks prior to National Election Day.

 

Arkansas

Filing deadline: First weekday in March. (p.16)

Primary election: First round held 3 weeks prior to Second round, which is held second Tuesday in June.

 

California

Filing deadline: 88 day prior to primary. (83 days if incumbent does not run)

Primary election: Tuesday after first Monday in June.

 

Colorado

Filing deadline: Convention at least 73 days prior to primary, or petitions 85 days prior. §1-4-801 (5)

Primary election: Last Tuesday in June. §1-4-101.

 

Connecticut

Filing deadline: 9 weeks prior to primary.

Primary election: Second Tuesday in August. Conventions 77-98 days prior, at least 15% at Convention OR petitions needed.

 

Delaware

Filing deadline: Second Tuesday in July.

Primary election: Second Tuesday after first Monday in September.

 

Florida

Filing deadline: Friday 116 days prior to primary for federal elections. §99.061. Friday 67 days prior for state elections.

Primary election: 12 weeks prior to Election Day. §100.061.

 

Georgia

Filing deadline: Friday after fourth Monday in April. §21-2-153, (c) (1) (A).

Primary election: First round third Tuesday in July. Run-off three weeks later .§21-2-150.

 

Guam

Filing deadline: 60 days prior to primary §6112.

Primary election: First Saturday in September. §16201.

 

Hawaii

Filing deadline: First Tuesday in June.

Primary election: Second Saturday in August.

 

Idaho

Filing deadline: Tenth Friday prior to primary

Primary election: Third Tuesday in May.

 

Illinois

Filing deadline: 106 days prior to primary. 10 ILCS 5, Sec 7-12, 1.

Primary election: Third Tuesday in March. Sec 2a-1.1.

 

Indiana

Filing deadline: 88 days prior to primary. §3-8-2-4.

Primary election: Tuesday after first Monday in May. §3-10-1-3.

 

Iowa

Filing deadline: 81 days prior to primary. §43.11

Primary election: Tuesday after first Monday in June. §43-7.

 

Kansas

Filing deadline: June 10 or first weekday thereafter.

Primary election: First Tuesday in August.

 

Kentucky

Filing deadline: Last Tuesday in January. §118.165 (1)

Primary election: Tuesday after third Monday in May. §118.025 (3)

 

Louisiana

Filing deadline: Friday after third Wednesday in August.

Primary election: First round on National Election Day, run-off on the fifth Saturday after. §402 (B)

 

Maine

Filing deadline: March 15. §335.8.

Primary election: Second Tuesday in June.

 

Maryland

Filing deadline: Midterm years: Wednesday after second Tuesday in April. Presidential years: 83 days prior to primary. §5-303.

Primary election: Midterm years: Last Tuesday in June. Presidential years: First Tuesday in April. §8-201.

 

Massachusetts

Filing deadline: First Tuesday in June. Ch 53, sec. 48.

Primary election: Seven weeks prior to Election Day. Ch 53, sec. 28.

 

Michigan

Filing deadline: 15 Tuesdays prior to primary. §168.93

Primary election: Tuesday after first Monday in August. §168.534

 

Minnesota

Filing deadline: 70 days prior to primary. 204B.09

Primary election: Second Tuesday in August. 204D.03

 

Mississippi

Filing deadline: Midterm years: March 1. Presidential years: 60 days prior to primary.

Primary election: Midterm years: First Tuesday in June. Presidential years: Second Tuesday in March.

 

Missouri

Filing deadline: Last Tuesday in March.

Primary election: Tuesday after the first Monday in August.

 

Montana

Filing deadline: 85 days prior to primary. (§6b)

Primary election: Tuesday after first Monday in June.

 

Nebraska

Filing deadline: March 1 (February 15 for incumbents).

Primary election: Tuesday after second Monday in May.

 

Nevada

Filing deadline: Second Friday after first Monday in March.

Primary election: Second Tuesday in June.

 

New Hampshire

Filing deadline: Friday the week after first Wednesday in June. (655:14)

Primary election: Second Tuesday in September. (653:8)

 

New Jersey

Filing deadline: 64 days prior to primary.

Primary election: Tuesday after first Monday in June.

 

New Mexico

Filing deadline: Third Tuesday in March.

Primary election: Tuesday after first Monday in June.

 

New York

Filing deadline: In 2012 the filing deadline for this state was determined by a Court.

Primary election: In 2012, the primary day for this state was determined by a Court.

 

North Carolina

Filing deadline: Last weekday in February.

Primary election: Tuesday after first Monday in May. Run-off ten weeks later (federal & state) or seven if only needed for state offices.

 

North Dakota

Filing deadline: 60 days prior to primary.§16.1-11-06.

Primary election: Second Tuesday in June. §16.1-11.

 

Northern Marianas

Filing deadline: [NO REFERENCE]

Primary election: [NO REFERENCE]

 

Ohio

Filing deadline: 90 days prior to primary.

Midterm years: Tuesday after first Monday in May. Presidential years: Tuesday after first Monday in March.

 

Oklahoma

Filing deadline: Friday after second Wednesday in April.

Primary election: Last Tuesday in July. §26-1-102. Run-off fourth Tuesday in August. §26-1-103.

 

Oregon

Filing deadline: 10 weeks prior to primary. §249.037

Primary election: Third Tuesday in May. §254.056.

 

Pennsylvania

Filing deadline: 10 weeks prior to primary. §Sec.908

Primary election: Midterm years: Third Tuesday in May. Presidential years: Fourth Tuesday in April. §Sec.603.

 

Puerto Rico

Filing deadline: [NO REFERENCE]

Primary election: [NO REFERENCE]

 

Rhode Island

Filing deadline: Last Wednesday in June.

Primary election: Second Tuesday after first Monday in September.

 

South Carolina

Filing deadline: March 30. §7-11-15.

Primary election: Second Tuesday in June. §7-13-15. Run-off two weeks later. §7-13-50.

 

South Dakota

Filing deadline: Last Tuesday in March.

Primary election: Tuesday after first Monday in June.

 

Tennessee

Filing deadline: First Thursday in April. (a)(2)

Primary election: First Thursday in August. (25)

 

Texas

Filing deadline: 62 days prior to primary. Sec.144.05

Primary election: First Tuesday in March. Sec. 41.007. Run-off second Tuesday in April.

 

Utah

Filing deadline: Third Thursday in March. Sec B(i).

Primary election: Fourth Tuesday in June. Nominating conventions in late April.

 

Vermont

Filing deadline: Second Thursday after first Monday in June.

Primary election: Fourth Tuesday in August.

 

Virginia

Filing deadline: 75 days prior to primary. §24.2-522

Primary election: Second Tuesday in June.

 

Virgin Islands

Filing deadline: [NO REFERENCE]

Primary election: First round on National Election Day, run-off two weeks later if needed. [NO REFERENCE]

 

Washington DC

Filing deadline: 90 days prior to primary. [NO REFERENCE]

Primary election: First Tuesday in april. [NO REFERENCE]

 

Washington

Filing deadline: Friday 1.5 weeks prior to Memorial Day.

Primary election: First Tuesday in August.

 

West Virginia

Filing deadline: Last Saturday in January. §3.5.7c.

Primary election: Second Tuesday in May. §3-5-1.

 

Wisconsin

Filing deadline: June 1.

Primary election: Second Tuesday in August. [NO REFERENCE]

 

Wyoming

Filing deadline: 81 days prior to primary. §22-5-209.

Primary election: Tuesday after third Monday in August. §22-2-104

 

Jon Henrik Gilhuus :: Filing & primary date formulas for all states
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One addition for Nebraska
Nebraska has a system that I believe is unique where there is a different filing deadline for incumbents(anybody who currently holds any elective office) and non-incumbents. The filing deadline for incumbents is February 15 and the filing deadline for non-incumbents is March 1.

42, R, NE-1.

I knew about it
It's a little bit similar to California, where the deadline is extended if the incumbent doesn't run. I'll update the entry for Nebraska.

You find all sorts of quirks when you read through the various election codes, and sweet jeebus how I wish they'd at least settle for a common structure. But federalism over clarity I guess.

Libertarian Conservative, Norway.


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MO
"Last Tuesday in Mars"???


42 Male Republican, Maryland Heights, MO (MO-2). Previously lived in both Memphis and Nashville.

Sowwy!
I translated this from a document I made in Norwegian first. Some Norse words might have slipped through... will edit now.

Libertarian Conservative, Norway.

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