2016 Upcoming Elections Schedule - Election Deadlines

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September 2016 Dates

Oregon : Last day to mail ballots to voters without daily mail service. September 2, 2016
Alaska : Registration and Registration Updates Deadline September 4, 2016
North Dakota : Nominees wishing to withdraw their names from the General Election ballot must do so in writing and file the letter with the appropriate filing officer, i.e. Secretary of State or County Auditor 4:00 p.m. September 6, 2016
New Hampshire : Last day to register to vote before Primary Election Day. September 6, 2016
Georgia : Last day to file the notice of intention to be a write-in candidate and have notice published September 6, 2016
New York : Last day for a board of elections to receive Military application for state/local primary if previously registered. September 6, 2016
New York : Last day to apply by mail for State and Local Primary absentee ballot (Must be postmarked by this day). September 6, 2016
Alaska : Withdrawal deadline for General Election candidates. September 6, 2016
Massachusetts : Absentee Ballot Request Deadline - By 12 PM. All requests for absentee ballots must be received by your local election official no later than 12 p.m. on the day before the election for which the ballot is being requested. Applications may be submitted in person, by mail, fax, or by e-mail; however, the local election official must be able to view the signature of the person requesting the ballot. September 7, 2016
Massachusetts : State Primary Election Day September 8, 2016
Nebraska : Last day to issue and mail special absentee ballots to those registered voters with applications on file specifically requesting a \"special absentee ballot\" September 8, 2016
Massachusetts : Absentee Ballot Return Deadline - By 8 PM September 8, 2016
California : Military and Overseas Voter Vote-By-Mail Ballot Delivery Period begins (Ends Sept 24) September 9, 2016
North Carolina : Absentee voting begins September 9, 2016
Delaware : Last day the Department of Elections is required to mail absentee ballots for the Primary Election. September 9, 2016
Arkansas : Deadline for county clerks to make available applications for absentee ballots for the General Election. September 9, 2016
Mississippi : Applications for the General Election must be available in the Circuit Clerk’s Office. September 9, 2016
Arkansas : Beginning date for the school board to publish polling site locations for the Annual School Election. Must be published no more than ten days and no less than three days before the Annual School Election. September 10, 2016
Arkansas : Deadline to apply to register to vote for the Annual School Runoff Election. September 11, 2016
New York : Last day to mail absentee ballot (by voter). Ballot must be postmarked by this date and must be received by the county board by Sept. 20th. September 12, 2016
Georgia : Last day to file affidavit stating the notice of intention to be a Write-In Candidate has been published. September 12, 2016
Alaska : Deadline to mail ballots to voters in all by-mail REAA voting sections. September 12, 2016
New York : Last day to apply in person for State/Local absentee ballot. September 12, 2016
Delaware : Last day (12 Noon) absentee ballots for the September 13 Primary Election can be issued. September 12, 2016
New Hampshire : Last day to request an absentee ballot for the State Primary September 12, 2016
New York : Last day to apply in person for state/local primary ballot September 12, 2016
Arkansas : Deadline to apply to register to vote September 12, 2016
Rhode Island : Absentee ballot return deadline - Received by 8 PM September 13, 2016
Arkansas : Early voting begins for the Annual School Election. September 13, 2016
New York : State and Local Primary Election Day September 13, 2016
Delaware : DEADLINE for voters to return voted absentee ballots for the Primary Election to the Department of Elections at 8 p.m. September 13, 2016
Delaware : State Primary Election
Polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Only registered voters from participating parties may vote.
September 13, 2016
Arkansas : Deadline for county clerk to receive absentee ballot applications by mail or electronic means for the Annual School Election. September 13, 2016
New Hampshire : Last day to return an absentee ballot for the State Primary September 13, 2016
New York : Last day (election day) to deliver absentee ballot in person to the county board (by close of polls). September 13, 2016
New Hampshire : Last day to register to vote before State Primary Election September 13, 2016
New York : Last day to deliver state/local primary ballot in person to county board, by close of polls. September 13, 2016
New Hampshire : 5:00 p.m. - Deadline for clerks to accept any completed absentee ballots delivered by mail. September 13, 2016
New Hampshire : State Primary Election Day - Unregistered voters may register and vote this day. September 13, 2016
Rhode Island : Primary Election Day September 13, 2016
Alabama : Absentee Voting Begins for November 8 General Election September 14, 2016
Delaware : Registered voters may change Political Party affiliation. September 14, 2016
Connecticut : Printing absentee ballots. Immediately after the deadline for the certification of all candidates whose names are too appear on the ballot, the town clerk must begin making arrangements to have the absentee ballots for the election printed. September 15, 2016
Connecticut : Sample absentee ballot available. A layout model of each different absentee ballot shall be available for public inspection at town clerk\'s office prior to printing. September 15, 2016
Arkansas : Deadline for county clerks to receive applications for absentee ballots (in person) by a designated bearer, administrator, or voter for the Annual School Election. September 19, 2016
Puerto Rico : Ballot Request by mail September 19, 2016
Alaska : In-Person and Special Needs Voting Begins September 19, 2016
Kentucky : Deadline for printing of regular and absentee ballots (at least 50 days before election) September 19, 2016
Hawaii : General: Submit request to withdraw from General Election for reasons of ill health to Office of Elections or City/County Clerk. September 19, 2016
Pennsylvania : First day before the Novem-ber election on which official applications for civilian absentee ballots from certain persons listed as follows may be received by the county boards of elections. September 19, 2016
Arkansas : Deadline for a voter to participate in Early voting for the Annual School Election September 19, 2016
Puerto Rico : Registration by mail September 19, 2016
Kentucky : Last day for county boards of elections to establish voting places (September 20 of each year) September 20, 2016
West Virginia : Individuals who wish to be elected to an office by write-in votes may file the write-in candidate certificate of announcement. September 20, 2016
Georgia : Earliest day for a registrar to mail an absentee ballot for the General Election/November Special Election September 20, 2016
Arkansas : Annual School Board Election September 20, 2016
Connecticut : Registration by mail-Election notice of acceptance or rejection to be sent within 4 days. When an application for registration by mail is received during the period beginning on the 49th day before election and ending on the 21st day before election, registrar must send by first class mail a notice of acceptance or rejection within four days of receipt of application. September 20, 2016
Arkansas : 7:30 p.m- Deadline for the county clerk to receive delivery of absentee ballots by mail (excluding military and overseas) or by the hand-delivery from the designated bearer administrator or authorized agent of the voter. September 20, 2016
: Annual School Board Election September 20, 2016
Kentucky : Last day for county clerksto mail absentee ballots to voters who request absentee ballots prior to the printing of the ballots(within 3 days of the receipt of the printed ballots. Absentee ballots that are requested subsequent to the receipt of the ballots by the county clerks shall be mailed to the voter within 3 days of the receipt of the application). September 22, 2016
Arkansas : Deadline for the county board of election commissioners to deliver absentee ballots to the county clerk for mailing to all qualified applicants for General Election September 22, 2016
North Dakota : Absentee ballots are made available to military voters and their families stationed away from their North Dakota residence and residents residing overseas (UOCAVA voters) on the 46thday before the General Election. September 23, 2016
New Hampshire : Last day city or town clerks must mail or email Write-In Ballots to UOCAVA voters for the general election. September 23, 2016
Vermont : Clerks: Will receive general election ballots by this day September 23, 2016
Virginia : Deadline for November General Election ballots to be available for absentee voting. September 23, 2016
Minnesota : Absentee ballots are available starting Friday September 23, 2016
Pennsylvania : Not later than this day, the county board of elections must transmit bal-19 lots and balloting materials to all covered vot-ers under UMOVA who by this date submit a valid military-overseas ballot application September 23, 2016
Hawaii : General: Mail General Election absentee ballots to overseas voters September 23, 2016
Wyoming : First day voters may vote with absentee ballot in person or by mail. (Absentee ballots must be received by the county clerk no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Absentee ballots can be returned in person or by mail.) September 23, 2016
Wyoming : Absentee voting for general election; Absentee ballots for general election sent to UOCAVA voters. September 23, 2016
Utah : Ballots are sent to military and overseas voters. September 23, 2016
South Dakota : General: Absentee voting begins September 23, 2016
Arkansas : Deadline for county clerk to deliver ballots to those absentee voters who made timely application under the law Ark. September 23, 2016
Idaho : Last day for the County Clerk to mail absentee ballots for the General Election (November 8) to voters who requested absentee ballots prior to the 45th day before the election. September 23, 2016
Montana : Election administrators must send ballots to absent military and overseas electors as soon as the ballot is printed and by no later than this date. September 23, 2016
Nebraska : Deadline to have Early Voting ballots ready and sent to UOCAVA voters with requests on file. September 23, 2016
Virginia : Absentee ballots for the November general election must be mailed or sent electronically if absentee ballots were not mailed or sent electronically on the 46th day before the November general election. September 24, 2016
South Carolina : Deadline to mail General Election absentee ballots to military and overseas citizens September 24, 2016
Florida : General Election - Absentee Ballot 'Send' Deadline For absent stateside and overseas uniformed and civilian voters September 24, 2016
Michigan : County clerks deliver absent voter ballots for November general election to local clerks. September 24, 2016
Tennessee : Deadline to mail ballots to military and overseas voters who have filed an application for ballot by this date. September 24, 2016
Mississippi : Absentee Ballots must be available in the Circuit Clerks\' Offices. An absentee ballot must be mailedto voters who submit applications before absentee ballots are available. September 24, 2016
Mississippi : UOCAVA Absentee Ballot Deadline:Circuit Clerks\' Offices send absentee ballots by mail, e-mail or fax to UOCAVA voters who previously requested an absentee ballot by application, FPCA or FWAB. September 24, 2016
Oregon : Last day to print and mail ballots to military and overseas voters. September 24, 2016
Colorado : Last day to transmit ballots and ballot materials to overseas military voters. (No later than 45 days before the election) September 24, 2016
Alaska : Deadline to begin sending absentee ballots (mail or electronic transmission) for any requests received from voters who fall under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Voting Act (UOCAVA) and sending absentee by-mail ballots to non-UOCAVA voters who are requesting an advance ballot due to living, working or traveling in remote Alaska or overseas; 45 Days prior to the election September 24, 2016
Washington : General: Military and overseas ballots mailed for the November General Election. September 24, 2016
Indiana : DEADLINE: for county election board to mail absentee ballots to voters who have already filed an application with circuit court clerk September 24, 2016
New Hampshire : Last day city or town clerks must mail or email all ballots to UOCAVA voters for the general election who have a request on file. September 24, 2016
Connecticut : Registrars may direct the clerk to mail such overseas set to an eligible U.S. citizen, and the town clerk may also so act on his own motion, but such ballot shall not be counted unless a prescribed application is received by the town clerk prior to election day. September 24, 2016
California : Military and Overseas Voter Vote-By-Mail Ballot Delivery Period ends (Begins Sept 9) September 24, 2016
Michigan : Delivery of military and overseas AV ballots must begin for the November election by this date. All requests received since November 4, 2015 from a military or overseas voter must be honored for all 2016 elections. September 24, 2016
Connecticut : Overseas Ballot: Beginning this date, the election overseas ballot for the office of Presidential Electors, US Senator and Representative in Congress only is available from town clerk upon application properly made. September 24, 2016
Iowa : UOCAVA absentee ballots must be readyto mail 45 days before the election. Regular absentee ballots must be mailed as soon as they are ready. September 24, 2016
Alaska : Absentee By-Mail Application Deadline September 26, 2016
Vermont : Last day for the board of civil authority to divide the checklist and designate polling places for the general election (at least 40 days prior to the election). September 29, 2016
Arizona : Last day to file as a write-in candidate for the General Election September 29, 2016
Illinois : First day for Early Voting September 29, 2016
Mississippi : Absentee Ballot Deadline for Permanently Disabled Voters: Circuit Clerks\' Offices mail absentee ballots to voters on the permanently disabled list. September 29, 2016
North Dakota : Absentee ballots for all other North Dakota residents (domestic voters) are made available on the 40th day before the Genera lElection. September 29, 2016
Arkansas : 5:00 p.m.-Deadline for absentee ballots of overseas voters or armed services personnel serving in active status to be received by the county clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. September 30, 2016
WHAT'S AT STAKE IN 2016?

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In 2016, there will be 2016 US Senate Elections races in 34 States including US territories. Of the 34 US Senate seats up for election this election cycle, 24 seats are currently held by Republicans, and 10 are held by Democrats. It is important to note that 29 incumbents are running for re-election and the rest (5 seats) are open races with no incumbent running.

2016 Gubernatorial Elections

In 2016, there will be 2016 Gubernatorial Elections races in 13 States including US territories. Of the 13 Gubernatorial seats up for election this election cycle, 4 seats are currently held by Republicans, and 9 are held by Democrats. It is important to note that 6 incumbents are running for re-election and the rest (7 seats) are open races with no incumbent running.

2016 Lieutenant Gubernatorial Elections

In 2016, there will be 2016 Lieutenant Gubernatorial Elections races in 9 States including US territories. Of the 9 Lieutenant Gubernatorial seats up for election this election cycle, 6 seats are currently held by Republicans, and 3 are held by Democrats. It is important to note that 7 incumbents are running for re-election and the rest (2 seats) are open races with no incumbent running.

2016 Attorney General Elections

In 2016, there will be 2016 Attorney General Elections races in 10 States including US territories. Of the 10 Attorney General seats up for election this election cycle, 4 seats are currently held by Republicans, and 6 are held by Democrats. It is important to note that 6 incumbents are running for re-election and the rest (4 seats) are open races with no incumbent running.

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