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.

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June 2016 Dates
Arizona -- Last day to file candidate nomination petitionsJune 1, 2016 -
California -- Davis Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Dan Wolk - Population(65,622)
June 1, 2016
California -- Buena Park Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Art Brown - Population(80,530)
June
June 1, 2016
New Hampshire -- Filing period for all offices for state primary election.June 1, 2016
Wyoming -- New Political Party Deadline (3,302 signatures required)June 1, 2016 -
Iowa -- Request Mail BallotJune 3, 2016
New Jersey -- Deadline for Application to Receive Primary Election Mail-In Ballots by Electronic Means for Qualified Overseas Civilian and Military VotersJune 3, 2016 -
New Mexico -- Last day to request absentee ballotJune 3, 2016
New Mexico -- Last day to request absentee ballotJune 3, 2016 -
New York -- Last day to register to vote in person or by mail for the Federal Primary Election. (mailed registration must be postmarked by June 3rd and received by June 8th)June 3, 2016
Oklahoma -- Last day to register to voteJune 3, 2016
Mississippi -- In-Person Absentee Voting Deadline, 12:00 p.m. - MS Levee District Only. Circuit Clerks\' offices in Bolivar, Washington and Issaquena Counties MUST remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.mJune 4, 2016
Puerto Rico -- State PrimaryJune 5, 2016
Puerto Rico -- Ballot ReturnJune 5, 2016
Colorado -- Last day to submit an application to register to vote through a voter registration drive. (No later than 22 days before the election)June 6, 2016
Colorado -- First day that mail ballots may be mailed to voters, except for UOCAVA voters. (Not sooner than 22 days before the Primary Election) June 6, 2016
Iowa -- Return by MailJune 6, 2016 -
Mississippi -- Absentee Ballot by Mail Deadline. 5:00 p.m. - MS Levee District Only. Absentee ballots returned by mail must be received by the Circuit Clerk\'s Office. This is not a postmark deadline but an actual receipt deadline.June 6, 2016
Montana -- Deadline for applying for an absentee ballot for primary election by noonJune 6, 2016 -
New Jersey -- Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for Primary Election by 3:00pmJune 6, 2016
South Dakota -- Last day to request absentee ballot by 5pmJune 6, 2016 -
California -- Bakersfield Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Harvey L. Hall - Population(347,483)
June 7, 2016
California -- Sacramento Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Kevin Johnson - Population(466,488)
Mayor Johnson will not seek re-election.
June 7, 2016
California -- Assembly District 31 - Special General Election (Wholly contained within Fresno County)June 7, 2016
California -- Woodland Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Tom Stallard - Population(55,468)
June Mayor Elect takes office 6/3/2014.
June 7, 2016
California -- Presidential Primary Election Day (7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.)June 7, 2016
California -- Primary: New Citizen (sworn in after May 23, 2016) Voter Registration Period EndsJune 7, 2016
California -- Porterville Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Milton 'Milt' Stowe - Population(54,165)
June
June 7, 2016
California -- New Citizen Registration Period - 5/24/16 to 06/07/16 -Last day new citizens may register to vote in the special general election.June 7, 2016
Washington DC -- Last day for Board to receive and process mailed or electronically received requests for non-UOCAVA absentee ballots and absentee federal ballotsJune 7, 2016
Hawaii -- Candidate Filing for the Primary Election.June 7, 2016 -
Iowa -- PrimaryJune 7, 2016
Massachusetts -- Falmouth Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Doug Jones - Population(31,531)
June
June 7, 2016
Mississippi -- Election of one (1) Commissioner in Bolivar, Washington and Issaquena Counties; majority vote required, with Runoff Election held on June 21, 2016, if necessary. June 7, 2016
Mississippi -- Natchez Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Larry L. 'Butch' Brown - Population(15,792)
June 7, 2016
Mississippi -- UOCAVA Absentee Ballot Deadline. 7:00 p.m. - MS Levee District Only. Absentee ballots returned by UOCAVA voters must be received by the Circuit Clerks\' Offices no later than 7:00 p.m.June 7, 2016
Montana -- 8:00 p.m. -End of late registration (or when all individuals in line at 8:00 p.m. have registered)June 7, 2016
Montana -- State Primary Election and Presidential Primary Election Day June 7, 2016
North Carolina -- Congressional PrimaryJune 7, 2016
North Dakota -- Democratic Caucus ElectionsJune 7, 2016
New Jersey -- Presidential Primary Election DayJune 7, 2016
New Jersey -- Last day to return absentee ballot by 8pmJune 7, 2016
New Jersey -- Last day to return absentee ballotJune 7, 2016 -
New Jersey -- Primary Election DayJune 7, 2016
New Jersey -- Filing Deadline for Independent Candidates wanting to run for United States House of Representativesin the November 8, 2016 General Election.June 7, 2016 -
New Mexico -- Primary Election DayJune 7, 2016
New Mexico -- Presidential Primary ElectionJune 7, 2016
New Mexico -- Last day to return absentee ballotJune 7, 2016
New Mexico -- Last day to return absentee ballotJune 7, 2016 -
New Mexico -- Primary Election DayJune 7, 2016
Nevada -- Last day for the Election Department to RECEIVE WRITTEN mail ballot requestsJune 7, 2016 -
Nevada -- Carson City Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Robert L. 'Bob' Crowell - Population(55,274)
June 7, 2016
South Dakota -- Presidential Primary and State Primary Election DayJune 7, 2016
Utah -- Absentee and by-mail ballots are mailed to voters.June 7, 2016
Virginia -- Deadline for general registrar to receive absentee ballot applications from citizens requesting a mailed absentee ballot.June 7, 2016 -
Colorado -- Last day to post polling place signs for the Primary Election. (At least 20 days before the election)June 8, 2016
Hawaii -- Primary: Submit request to withdraw from Primary Election for any reason to office of Elections or City/County Clerk.June 8, 2016 -
California -- Last Day to Receive Vote-By-Mail Ballot Postmarked No Later Than June 7, 2016June 10, 2016
California -- Last Day to Receive Vote-By-Mail Ballot Postmarked No Later Than June 7, 2016June 10, 2016 -
Nevada -- Last day for Early Voting (14 Days, May 28 - June 10): Any voter registered may vote at any early voting site within the County. Hours and days vary by location.June 10, 2016
South Carolina -- Deadline to return absentee by mail application for Primary. Warning: Absentee by mail applications should be returned as early as possible.June 10, 2016 -
Washington DC -- Deadline for UOCAVA voters to request an absentee ballot.June 11, 2016
Washington DC -- Last day qualified electors may register to vote and cast in-person absentee ballots at One Judiciary SquareJune 11, 2016 -
Virginia -- In-person Absentee Voting- The general registrars office shall be open a minimum of eight hours between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.June 11, 2016
Florida -- Plant City Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Rick A. Lott - Population(35,903)
June
June 13, 2016
Montana -- 3:00 p.m. -Deadline for election administrators to receive electronically submitted ballots and Federal Write-In Absentee Ballots (FWABs) that were sent by absent military and overseas electors by 8:00 p.m. on election day.June 13, 2016
South Carolina -- Deadline to vote absentee in person for PrimaryJune 13, 2016 -
California -- Monterey Park Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Peter Chan - Population(60,269)
August
June 14, 2016
Washington DC -- Presidential Primary (Democratic Party only) and Local Primary Election
Qualified electors may register to vote and/or cast full ballots for their precincts at the polling places for their precincts of residence.
June 14, 2016
Maine -- Last day to register to vote in person for State Primary Election. (same day as election)June 14, 2016
Maine -- Last day for absentee ballot to be received for the state primary and referendum. voted absentee ballots must be received by the municipal clerk by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.June 14, 2016 -
Maine -- State Primary Election and potential Referendum ElectionJune 14, 2016
North Dakota -- Primary Election DayJune 14, 2016
Nevada -- (by 7 p.m. on the day of the Primary Election)Last day, up to the close of the polls, County Clerk/Registrar will receive absent voter ballots to be cast and counted. Absent ballots, including special absent ballots, received by the County Clerk/Registrar after the polls are closed on the day of election are invalidJune 14, 2016
Nevada -- Primary Election (Federal/State): Vote 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day at Your Assigned Polling Place,
A Primary Election is a preliminary (nominating) election to select, when necessary, Democratic, Republican and nonpartisan candidates who will run in the General Election contests (except candidates for special district offices because they will only appear in the General Election). The direct vote of the people selects the candidates, rather than votes of convention delegates. In State/Federal Elections, Nevada has CLOSED Primary elections.
June 14, 2016
South Carolina -- UOCAVA citizens: Last day to request for absentee ballot by 7pmJune 14, 2016
South Carolina -- UOCAVA citizens: Last day to return absentee ballot by mail by 7pmJune 14, 2016 -
South Carolina -- State Primary Election DayJune 14, 2016
Utah -- In-person early voting begins.June 14, 2016 -
Virginia -- Primary Election DayJune 14, 2016
Delaware -- DEADLINE for filed candidates to withdraw or file for a different office without forfeiting filing fees at 4:30 p.m.June 15, 2016 -
Michigan -- County clerks deliver absent voter ballots for the August primary to local clerks.June 18, 2016
Michigan -- Delivery of military and overseasAV ballots must begin for the August election by this date.All requests received since November 4, 2015 from a military or overseas voter must be honored for all 2016 elections. June 18, 2016 -
Washington -- Primary: Military and overseas ballots mailed for the August PrimaryJune 18, 2016
Colorado -- Last day for an individual to submit a voter application and still receive a ballot in the mail. (Through the 8th day before an election)June 20, 2016 -
Tennessee -- Deadline to mail ballots to military and overseas voters who have filed an application for ballot by this date.June 20, 2016
North Dakota -- Grand Forks Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Michael R. Brown, M.D. - Population(52,838)
June 21, 2016
New York -- Last day to apply by mail for Federal primary ballot (Must be postmarked by this day).June 21, 2016
Utah -- Last day to register to vote online or at the county clerk\'s officeJune 21, 2016
Oklahoma -- Deadline to request absentee ballot 5 p.m.June 22, 2016
Oklahoma -- Early voting 8 AM - 6 PMJune 23, 2016 -
Utah -- Last day to request an absentee ballot.June 23, 2016
Hawaii -- Submit request to withdraw from the Primary Election for reasons of ill health to the Office of Elections or Clerk’s OfficeJune 24, 2016 -
Minnesota -- Absentee ballots are available starting FridayJune 24, 2016
South Carolina -- Deadline to return absentee bymail application for Primary Runoff. Warning: Absentee by mail applications should be returned as early as June 24, 2016 -
Utah -- In-person early voting ends.June 24, 2016
Oklahoma -- Early voting ends 9 AM - 2 PM.June 25, 2016 -
Alaska -- Withdrawal deadline for political party candidates.June 27, 2016
Georgia -- Earliest day for an Independent or a Political Body Candidate to file a Notice of Candidacy to have his/her name placed on the General Election Ballot 9:00pmJune 27, 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 July 5th.June 27, 2016
New York -- Last day to apply in person for Federal Primary absentee ballot.June 27, 2016 -
South Carolina -- Deadline to vote absentee in person for Primary RunoffJune 27, 2016
Colorado -- Ballots cast by military and overseas voters must be sent no later than 7:00 p.m. MT and received by the close of business on the 8th day after the election.June 28, 2016 -
Colorado -- Absentee ballot return deadline - Received by 7 PM June 28, 2016
Colorado -- Voter Registration deadline - Sent by 7 PM June 28, 2016
Colorado -- State Primary Election Election
Notes:(Polls open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)
June 28, 2016
New York -- Federal Primary Election DayJune 28, 2016
New York -- Last day (election day) to deliver absentee ballot in person to the county board (by close of polls).June 28, 2016
Oklahoma -- Primary Election DayJune 28, 2016
South Carolina -- Primary Runoff Polls open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.June 28, 2016
Utah -- Primary Election DayJune 28, 2016
Hawaii -- Primary: Mail Primary Election absentee ballots to overseas votersJune 29, 2016
New Mexico -- Primary: Filing day for all minor and independent candidates June 30, 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.

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