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By Mandy Zoch

With the 2020 election behind us and just a handful of odd-year elections in 2021, many elected officials, staff members and election experts are already turning their attention to 2022. That includes NCSL’s Elections and Redistricting team.

Primary elections graphicWe’ve just released a new webpage detailing the 2022 primary election dates and filing deadlines.

While we always publish this information, it takes on additional value in a redistricting year. The delayed release of the 2020 census data (though perhaps by one fewer month than expected) compresses the timeline for redistricting and gives states less time to redraw and adopt new congressional and legislative maps before the next primary election and filing deadlines.

In other words, those new districts must be established so candidates can know which one they’re in before they file to run. Although subject to change, these primary and filing dates are top-of-mind for many in both the elections and redistricting worlds.

Primary date changes that may give states more time to redistrict aren’t the only primary changes on legislators’ minds though.

Changes of all kinds are under consideration in legislatures across the country, too. Bills this year mostly address who can participate in a primary—members of the party only, or also unaffiliated voters or possibly all voters, either in fully open primaries or through primaries that put all candidates of all parties on the same ballot.

For an overview of current legislative action, check out the March edition of NCSL’s election newsletter, The Canvass. We examine the flood of primary-related introductions in 2021 and highlight notable enactments from the past five years. The issue also includes a round-up of legislation on emergency powers and ranked-choice voting, a brief analysis of the composition of state electoral boards, a handful of new reports and other things worth noting.

Find the full issue here. Or better yet, subscribe.

Mandy Zoch is a policy specialist and Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow in the Elections and Redistricting Program.

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