Election Dates

2016 Upcoming Elections Schedule

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The 2016 U.S. general election will be held on Tuesday, the 8th of November 2016. This election year will feature competitive Presidential Election, and elections to the United States Congress. The entire US House Of Representatives - all 435 members are up for re-election this year. There will also be municipal, school board,gubernatorial,and state legislative elections in many states; as well as numerous citizen initiatives,and a variety of other local offices on the ballot.

State executive elections in 2016

There will be close to 100 state executive seats up for election in 22 states in 2016.

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February 2016 Dates
Arkansas -- Deadline to apply to register to vote for March 1 ElectionsFebruary 1, 2016
Colorado -- Last day to update your voter registration address to participate in the March 1st party precinct caucuses. (Must be a resident of the precinct for 30 days and registered to vote no later than 29 days before the precinct caucus) February 1, 2016
Georgia -- Last day for a person to register and be eligible to vote in the Presidential Preference Primary/March Special Election and March Special Election Runoff. February 1, 2016
Georgia -- Last day for a person to register and be eligible to vote in the Presidential Preference Primary/March Special Election and March Special Election Runoff.February 1, 2016
Hawaii -- Candidate Filing for the Primary Election.February 1, 2016 -
Iowa -- Democratic and Republican caucuses. Tentatively scheduled.February 1, 2016
Nebraska -- Last day for political party to file a petition with the Secretary of State to qualify for the upcoming primary electionFebruary 1, 2016 -
Nebraska -- Last day for political party to file a petition with the Secretary of State to qualify for the upcoming primary electionFebruary 1, 2016
Tennessee -- Voter registration deadline for March 1,2016 Primary ElectionFebruary 1, 2016
Texas -- Last day citizens may register to vote in March 1 primary election. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. ยง 13.143(a).February 1, 2016
Washington -- Deadline for new Washington State voter registration (in person only)February 1, 2016
Missouri -- Bond elections may be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in February but no other issue shall be included on the ballot for such election.February 2, 2016
New Mexico -- Primary: Filing day for statewide, federal and US Rep. candidatesFebruary 2, 2016 -
Louisiana -- The last day to register to vote February 3, 2016
Tennessee -- Primary: First day to receive requests for by-mail ballots from persons other than military and overseas voters. MayFebruary 3, 2016 -
Illinois -- First day for early voting at the office of the election authority and temporary locations designated by the election authority.February 4, 2016
Illinois -- First day for the election authority to mail an official ballot to a registered voter within the confines of the United States who has made application to vote by mail. February 4, 2016 -
Oklahoma -- Last day to register to voteFebruary 5, 2016
Washington -- Last day to accept minor party and independent candidate nominating petitionsFebruary 5, 2016 -
Florida -- Winter Haven Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Nathaniel Birdsong - Population(34,975)
February
February 8, 2016
Georgia -- Advanced (Absentee In-Person) Voting begins for the Presidential Preference Primary/March Special Election. February 8, 2016 -
Michigan -- Last date to register for presidential primary.February 8, 2016
North Carolina -- Candidate Filing Period begins for the General ElectionFebruary 8, 2016 -
New Hampshire -- Last day to request a ballot for Presidential PrimaryFebruary 8, 2016
Wyoming -- Referendum Filing Deadline - 25,673 signatures requiredFebruary 8, 2016 -
Wyoming -- Initiative Filing Deadline - 25,673 signatures requiredFebruary 8, 2016
Florida -- For domestic voters the deadline for election officials to send ballots is between 35 and 28 days (7-day window) before an electionFebruary 9, 2016 -
New Hampshire -- Presidential Preference Primary Election DayFebruary 9, 2016
New Hampshire -- Last day to register for Presidential PrimaryFebruary 9, 2016
New Hampshire -- Last day to Return an absentee ballot for the Presidential primaryFebruary 9, 2016
Washington -- Special Election DayFebruary 9, 2016
Missouri -- LAST day to register to vote for March 8 Charter ElectionsFebruary 10, 2016
Tennessee -- Primary: First day to vote early in person. MarchFebruary 10, 2016 -
Vermont -- Clerks: Ballots must be available 12:00 AM to 12:00 AMFebruary 10, 2016
Wisconsin -- Last day (5:00 p.m.) for electors to request absentee ballots by mail (except for indefinitely confined electors and military electors) for the Spring Primary.February 11, 2016 -
Alabama -- Voter registration hand-delivery deadline (due to Monday holiday).February 12, 2016
Idaho -- Last day to pre-register to vote with the County Clerk until 5:00 p.m. for the March 8 election. Registration closes in those districts holding a March 8 election. Election Day Registration is available.February 12, 2016 -
Wisconsin -- Last day (12 noon) for write-in candidates to file registration statement for the Spring Primary.February 12, 2016
Wisconsin -- Last day (5:00 p.m.) to register in person at the municipal clerk\'s office to vote at the Spring Primary.February 12, 2016
Wisconsin -- Last day (5:00 p.m.) for indefinitely confined electors and military electors to request absentee ballots by mail for the Spring Primary.February 12, 2016
Wisconsin -- Last day (7:00 p.m.) for electors to make application in person to the municipal clerk for absentee ballots to vote in the Spring Primary (except hospitalized electors and sequestered jurors).February 12, 2016 -
Alabama -- Last day for voter to postmark a voter registration form.February 13, 2016
Idaho -- County Clerk to mail ballots for the March 8 election to voters in designated Mail Ballot Precincts. February 13, 2016 -
Arkansas -- First day designated bearers can pick up absentee ballots(max 2). February 15, 2016
Arkansas -- Early voting begins for Preferential Primary Election and Nonpartisan Election between 8:00 a.m and 6:00 p.m, Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m on Saturday.
Note: Since February 15 falls on a holiday, the actual date for early voting is February 16
February 15, 2016 -
Wisconsin -- Last day (5:00 p.m.) for special voting deputies to conduct absentee voting for residents in nursing homes and authorized care facilities for the Spring Primary.February 15, 2016
Alabama -- Special General Election - State House District 5February 16, 2016
Florida -- Voter Registration DeadlineFebruary 16, 2016
Illinois -- Last day for regular registration or transfer of registration within the offices of the election authorityFebruary 16, 2016 -
Illinois -- Last day for citizens of the United States TEMPORARILY RESIDING OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES to apply for vote by mail registration and a vote by mail ballot, and the last day election officials can mail such a ballot.NOTE: To receive the full ballot, applications should be in the hands of the election authority no later than 30 days before the election. Applications received after February 16, 2016 and prior to March 7, will entitle the voter to cast a Federal ballot only.February 16, 2016
Ohio -- Deadline for voter registration for March 15 presidential primary electionFebruary 16, 2016
Texas -- First day of early voting by personal appearance for March 1 primary election. February 16, 2016
Wisconsin -- Deadline (8:00 p.m.) for absentee ballots to be delivered to the polling place.February 16, 2016 -
Wisconsin -- 2016 Spring PrimaryFebruary 16, 2016
West Virginia -- Primary: All other eligible voters may apply to receive an absentee ballot by mail. Learn more about voting absentee. February 16, 2016 -
Illinois -- First day for Grace Period Registration and VotingFebruary 17, 2016
Missouri -- Last day to register to vote for March 15, PrimaryFebruary 17, 2016
North Carolina -- Voter registration deadline for Statewide Primary election. Applications must be received by close of business on this day.February 19, 2016
Texas -- Last day for early voting clerk to receive application for ballot by mail for March 1 primary election.February 19, 2016 -
California -- Last day for the county elections official to mail ballots to absent military and overseas voters.February 20, 2016
Georgia -- Mandatory Saturday Voting for the Presidential Preference Primary/March Special Election. February 20, 2016 -
Louisiana -- Early Voting beginsFebruary 20, 2016
Nevada -- Democratic Party Presidential Caucus
Notes: Pursuant to Nevada law, Nevada does not conduct Primary Elections to select Presidential candidates. Instead,major political parties will hold caucuses in the beginning of 2016 at dates, times, and locations that they will determine.
February 20, 2016
South Carolina -- Last day to return for absentee ballot by mail by 7pmFebruary 20, 2016
South Carolina -- Last day to request for absentee ballot by 7pmFebruary 20, 2016 -
South Carolina -- Republican primary February 20, 2016
Arkansas -- Deadline to apply to register to vote for March 22 Runoff ElectionFebruary 22, 2016
Arizona -- Voter registration deadline for Presidential Preference ElectionFebruary 22, 2016
Idaho -- Last day to begin Early Voting at the Early Voting Polling Place for the March 8 election for those counties who elect to conduct Early Voting.February 22, 2016 -
Alabama -- City of Margaret - Sunday Alcohol SalesFebruary 23, 2016
Arkansas -- Deadline for county clerk to receive absentee ballot applications by mail, fax or e-mailFebruary 23, 2016 -
Idaho -- County Clerk to mail ballots for the March 8 election to voters in designated Mail Ballot Precincts. February 23, 2016
Missouri -- First day Candidate filing for August 2, 2016 PrimaryFebruary 23, 2016 -
Nevada -- Republican Party Presidential CaucusFebruary 23, 2016
Tennessee -- Primary: Last day to vote early in person. MarchFebruary 23, 2016 -
Tennessee -- Primary: Deadline for receiving an application for a by-mail ballot. MarchFebruary 23, 2016
Virginia -- Last day to request for absentee ballotFebruary 23, 2016 -
Arizona -- Early Voting begins for Presidential Preference Election February 24, 2016
Oklahoma -- Deadline to request absentee ballot 5 p.m.February 24, 2016 -
Vermont -- Last day to register to vote 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM February 24, 2016
Vermont -- Last day to register and request absent ballot at the same time 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM February 24, 2016 -
Alabama -- Last day for voter to make application for an absentee ballot.February 25, 2016
Hawaii -- File petition to form political party,party rules, and officers with Office ofElectionsFebruary 25, 2016 -
Oklahoma -- Early voting starts 8 AM - 6 PM.February 25, 2016
Tennessee -- Primary: Withdrawal deadline, 12:00 NOON prevailing time, for May county primary candidates. MayFebruary 25, 2016 -
Delaware -- DEADLINE to change political party affiliation before the Presidential PrimaryFebruary 26, 2016
Texas -- Last day of early voting by personal appearance for March 1 primary election.February 26, 2016
Louisiana -- Early Voting EndsFebruary 27, 2016
Mississippi -- Last day to registerFebruary 27, 2016
Mississippi -- Last day to register by mailFebruary 27, 2016
Oklahoma -- Early voting ends 9 AM - 2 PM.February 27, 2016 -
South Carolina -- Last day to return absentee ballot by mail by 7 pmFebruary 27, 2016
South Carolina -- Democratic primaryFebruary 27, 2016
South Carolina -- Last day to request absentee ballotFebruary 27, 2016
Alabama -- Last day for voter to hand-deliver or postmark an absentee ballotFebruary 29, 2016
Arkansas -- Last day to participate in early voting.February 29, 2016
Illinois -- First day for early voting for counties who have early voting at permanent polling places other than the office of the election authority. These permanent polling places are to be open on holidays, Saturdays and Sundays.February 29, 2016 -
Massachusetts -- Absentee Ballot Request Deadline - By 12 PMFebruary 29, 2016
North Carolina -- Candidate Filing Period ends for the General ElectionFebruary 29, 2016 -
Vermont -- Last day to request absentee ballot 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM February 29, 2016

Note: Laws, rules, and procedures in State and local elections may differ depending on the type of election.

General Elections:

General elections have the most offices and issues on the ballot and usually generate more interest and higher turnout than any other elections.Most offices on the general election ballot are partisan.

Primary and Caucus

Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for the next general election. The main difference between a caucus and a primary is that a caucus involves face-to-face interaction between voters, where voters can try to persuade one another to vote for (or against) a certain candidate.

Municipal Elections

In municipal elections, registered voters elect members of their local government, such as mayors, council people, township supervisors and district judges.

School Elections

School elections are held to elect school board members and community college directors

Special Elections

A special election is held when someone who is already in office can no longer serve and must be replaced. All registered voters in the district can vote in a special election.

November 8,2016 Election

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