2020 State Primary Election Dates

5/19/2020

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Introduction

This webpage is being updated frequently to reflect election postponements as they happen. Detailed information about elections postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak can be found on COVID-19 and Elections.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has disrupted election calendars across the country and prompted states to delay state primaries, runoffs and presidential preference primaries. The two tables below reflect these changes:

Political parties run state primaries to determine which candidates for legislative seats will go on the general election ballot on Nov. 3, 2020. These include legislative seats in 46 states along with U.S. senators and representatives, governors and statewide officials. 

States often hold their state and presidential primaries on different dates, and both dates are captured in the tables below. The earliest state primaries for 2020 are held March 3 and the latest in mid-September. June and August are the busiest months for state primaries.

Some states have reserved dates for a primary runoff in the event that no candidate gets the requisite percentage of votes. For details on how runoffs work in these states, visit NCSL's Primary Runoffs webpage.

Note that Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia hold their legislative elections in odd-numbered years. The dates listed for those states apply to congressional and other races. See our report, Why Do Four States Have Odd-Year Elections?, for more information. 

Louisiana’s Nov. 3, 2020, election is an all-comers primary, where candidates of all parties are listed on one ballot together. If no candidate for a race receives a majority of the votes, the winner will be determined in a runoff on Dec. 5.

The manner in which party primary elections are conducted varies widely from state to state. Please visit the State Primary Elections page for information on types of primaries, such as "closed," "open" and "top two."

2020 State and Presidential Primary Dates, Chronological

Date State Election Is This a Change?

Feb. 3

Iowa

Presidential Primary (Caucus)

No

Feb. 11

New Hampshire

Presidential Primary

No

Feb. 22

Nevada

Presidential Primary (Caucus, Democratic only)

No

Feb. 29

South Carolina

Presidential Primary

No

February-March

Wyoming

Presidential Primary (Caucus, Republican only)

No

March 3

Alabama

State Primary* and Presidential Primary

No

March 3

Arkansas

State Primary and Presidential Primary

No

March 3

California

State Primary and Presidential Primary

No

March 3

Colorado

Presidential Primary

No

March 3

Maine

Presidential Primary

No

March 3

Massachusetts

Presidential Primary

No

March 3

Minnesota

Presidential Primary

No

March 3

North Carolina

State Primary and Presidential Primary

No

March 3

Oklahoma

Presidential Primary

No

March 3

Tennessee

Presidential Primary

No

March 3

Texas

State Primary and Presidential Primary

No

March 3

Utah

Presidential Primary

No

March 3

Vermont

Presidential Primary

No

March 3

Virginia

Presidential Primary (Democratic only)

No

March 10

Idaho

Presidential Primary

No

March 10

Michigan

Presidential Primary

No

March 10

Mississippi

State Primary* and Presidential Primary

No

March 10

Missouri

Presidential Primary

No

March 10

North Dakota

Presidential Primary

No

March 10

Washington

Presidential Primary

No

March 17

Arizona

Presidential Primary (Democratic only)

No

March 17

Florida

Presidential Primary

No

March 17

Illinois

State Primary and Presidential Primary

No

March 31

Arkansas

State Runoff

No

April 4

Alaska

Presidential Primary (Democratic only)

No

April 7

Wisconsin

Presidential Primary

No

April 17

Wyoming

Presidential Primary (Caucus, Democratic only)

Yes; the Wyoming Democratic Party canceled April 4 in-person voting and extended the deadline for mail-in ballots to April 17.

April 28 Ohio State Primary and Presidential Primary Yes; both primaries were originally scheduled for March 17. The Ohio Legislature passed a law extending absentee voting through April 28.

May 2

Kansas

Presidential Primary (Democratic only)

No; In-person voting has been canceled and the primary will be held entirely by mail.

May 12

Nebraska

State Primary and Presidential Primary

No

May 19

Idaho

State Primary

No

May 19

Oregon

State Primary and Presidential Primary

No

May 22

Hawaii

Presidential Primary

Yes; the Hawaii Democratic Party canceled April 4 in-person voting and extended the deadline for mail-in ballots to May 22.

June 2

District of Columbia

Presidential Primary

No

June 2

Indiana

State Primary and Presidential Primary

Yes; both primaries were originally scheduled for May 5.

June 2

Iowa

State Primary

No

June 2

Maryland

State Primary and Presidential Primary

Yes; both primaries were originally scheduled for April 28.

June 2

Montana

State Primary and Presidential Primary

No

June 2

New Mexico

State Primary and Presidential Primary

No

June 2

Pennsylvania

State Primary and Presidential Primary

Yes; both primaries were originally scheduled for April 28.

June 2

Rhode Island

Presidential Primary

Yes; originally scheduled for April 28.

June 2

South Dakota

State Primary and Presidential Primary

No

June 9 Georgia State Primary and Presidential Primary Yes; the Presidential Primary was originally scheduled for March 24 and the State Primary for May 19.

June 9

Nevada

State Primary

No

June 9

North Dakota

State Primary

No

June 9

South Carolina

State Primary

No

June 9 West Virginia State Primary and Presidential Primary Yes; originally scheduled for May 12.

June 23

Kentucky

State Primary and Presidential Primary

Yes; both primaries were originally scheduled for May 19.

June 23

Mississippi

State Runoff

Yes; originally scheduled for March 31.

June 23

New York

State Primary and Presidential Primary

Yes; the Presidential Primary was originally scheduled for April 28.

June 23

North Carolina

State Runoff**

Yes; originally scheduled for May 12.

June 23

South Carolina

State Runoff

No

June 23 Virginia State Primary* Yes; originally scheduled for June 9.

June 30

Colorado

State Primary

No

June 30

Oklahoma

State Primary

No

June 30

Utah

State Primary

No

July 7 Delaware Presidential Primary Yes; originally scheduled for April 28, postponed to June 2 and then again to July 7.
July 7 New Jersey State Primary* and Presidential Primary Yes; originally scheduled for June 2.
July 11 Louisiana Presidential Primary Yes; originally scheduled for April 4.

July 14

Alabama

State Runoff

Yes; originally scheduled for March 31.

July 14 Maine State Primary Yes; originally scheduled for June 9.

July 14

Texas

State Runoff

Yes; originally scheduled for May 26.

Aug. 4

Arizona

State Primary

No

Aug. 4

Kansas

State Primary

No

Aug. 4

Michigan

State Primary

No

Aug. 4

Missouri

State Primary

No

Aug. 4

Washington

State Primary

No

Aug. 6

Tennessee

State Primary

No

Aug. 8

Hawaii

State Primary

No

Aug. 11

Connecticut

State Primary and Presidential Primary

Yes; Presidential Primary was originally scheduled for April 28

Aug. 11 Georgia State Runoff Yes; originally scheduled for July 21.

Aug. 11

Minnesota

State Primary

No

Aug. 11

South Dakota

State Runoff

No

Aug. 11

Vermont

State Primary

No

Aug. 11

Wisconsin

State Primary

No

Aug. 18

Alaska

State Primary

No

Aug. 18

Florida

State Primary

No

Aug. 18

Wyoming

State Primary

No

Aug. 25

Oklahoma

State Runoff

No

Sept. 1

Massachusetts

State Primary

No

Sept. 8

New Hampshire

State Primary

No

Sept. 8

Rhode Island

State Primary

No

Sept. 15

Delaware

State Primary

No

Nov. 3

Louisiana

State Primary*

No

Dec. 4 Louisiana State Runoff No

*No primary for state legislative seats in 2020.

**In certain circumstances, North Carolina may hold a second primary on either April 21 or May 12.

2020 State and Presidential Primary Dates, Alphabetical

State State Primary Date Presidential Primary Date

Alabama

March 3*

March 31 runoff (rescheduled to July 14)

March 3

Alaska

Aug. 18

April 4 (Democratic only)

Arizona

Aug. 4

March 17 (Democratic only)

Arkansas

March 3

March 31 runoff

March 3

California

March 3

March 3

Colorado

June 30

March 3

Connecticut

Aug. 11

April 28 (rescheduled to August 11)

Delaware

Sept. 15

April 28 (rescheduled to July 7)

District of Columbia

No district-specific primary

June 2

Florida

Aug. 18

March 17

Georgia

May 19 (rescheduled to June 9)

July 21 runoff (rescheduled to August 11)

March 24 (rescheduled to June 9)

Hawaii

Aug. 8

April 4 (Democratic only)

Idaho

May 19

March 10

Illinois

March 17

March 17

Indiana

May 5 (rescheduled to June 2)

May 5 (rescheduled to June 2)

Iowa

June 2

Feb. 3 (caucus)

Kansas

Aug. 4

May 2 (Democratic only; in-person voting has been cancelled and the election will be held entirely by mail)

Kentucky

May 19 (rescheduled to June 23)

May 19 (rescheduled to June 23)

Louisiana

Nov. 3*

April 4 (rescheduled to July 11)

Maine

June 9 (rescheduled to July 14)

March 3

Maryland

April 28 (rescheduled to June 2)

April 28 (rescheduled to June 2)

Massachusetts

Sept. 1

March 3

Michigan

Aug. 4

March 10

Minnesota

Aug. 11

March 3

Mississippi

March 10*

March 31 runoff (rescheduled to June 23)

March 10

Missouri

Aug. 4

March 10

Montana

June 2

June 2

Nebraska

May 12

May 12

Nevada

June 9

Feb. 22 (caucus, Democratic only)

New Hampshire

Sept. 8

Feb. 11

New Jersey

June 2* (rescheduled to July 7)

June 2 (rescheduled to July 7)

New Mexico

June 2

June 2

New York

June 23

April 28 (rescheduled to June 23)

North Carolina

March 3

May 12 runoff** (rescheduled to June 23)

March 3

North Dakota

June 9

March 10

Ohio

March 17 (rescheduled to April 28)

March 17 (rescheduled to April 28)

Oklahoma

June 30

August 25 runoff

March 3

Oregon

May 19

May 19

Pennsylvania

April 28 (rescheduled to June 2)

April 28 (rescheduled to June 2)

Rhode Island

Sept. 8

April 28 (rescheduled to June 2)

South Carolina

June 9

June 23 runoff

Feb. 29 (Democratic only)

South Dakota

June 2

Aug. 11 runoff

June 2

Tennessee

Aug. 6

March 3

Texas

March 3

May 26 runoff (rescheduled to July 14)

March 3

Utah

June 30

March 3

Vermont

Aug.11

March 3

Virginia

June 9* (rescheduled to June 23)

March 3 (Democratic only)

Washington

Aug. 4

March 10

West Virginia

May 12 (rescheduled to June 9)

May 12 (rescheduled to June 9)

Wisconsin

Aug. 11

April 7

Wyoming

Aug. 18

February-March (Republican caucus)

April 4 (Democratic caucus; in-person caucus canceled, and deadline extended to April 17 for mail-in ballots)

*No primary for state legislative seats in 2020.

**In certain circumstances, North Carolina may hold a second primary on either April 21 or May 12.