2022 State Primary Election Dates and Filing Deadlines


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State primary election dates and candidate filing deadlines are listed below. The primaries are used by political parties to determine the candidates who will run for all partisan offices in their states on the general election ballot on Nov. 8, 2022. On the ballots are legislative, congressional, gubernatorial and statewide office contests in 46 states. 

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 Why Do Four States Have Odd-Year Elections for more information.

The earliest state primary in 2022 will be held on March 1, and the latest in mid-September. June and August are the busiest months, with 15 primaries each, while there are no primaries scheduled for April or July. The manner in which party primary elections are conducted varies widely by state. Please visit NCSL’s State Primary Types webpage for information on “closed,” “open,” “Top Two” and other primary elections or NCSL's Primaries: More than One Way to Find a Party Nominee report.

Note that primary dates are subject to change by legislative action. The dates listed here are based on state election resources or statutory requirements as of March 2021.

For additional information, email NCSL’s Elections Team.

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State State primary date | Run off Candidate filing deadlines


03/01March 1* | May 24*

Open: Nov. 13, 2021*

Close: Dec. 13, 2021, by 6 p.m. (not later than 6 p.m. on the second Monday in December of an odd-numbered year)*

Tex. Elec. Code § 172.023


*TX SB 13: Due to the delayed delivery of the 2020 redistricting data, this bill sets new dates for the candidate-filing period, primary election, and primary runoff election for the 2022 election cycle based on when the legislature completes redistricting. Texas enacted redistricting maps on October 25, 2021. The law is not effective until Dec. 2, 2021, therefore the opening of the candidate filing is based on current law, which starts the filing period on Nov 13.

North Carolina

05/17MayMay 17* | July 26*

Open: February 24* (Orginal date: Dec. 6, 2021, at noon (no earlier than noon on the first Monday in December)

Close: March 4* (Ordinial date: Dec. 17, 2021, by noon (no later than noon on the third Friday in December preceding the primary)

N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-106.2


*On Dec. 8, 2021, the North Carolina Supreme Court granted a prelimary injunction and temporary stays the candidate filing period for the 2022 election. The Court changed the state primary date from March 8 to May 17, 2022 and halted the candidate filing periods. The candidate filing deadlines to resume on February 24, 2022. 


** HB 605 moves the primary date to June 7, 2022. The bill has been ratified and was sent to the governor on Jan. 19, 2022. The governor vetoed the bill on Jan. 28. 


06/28June 28

Open: March 7 (not more than 113 days prior to the date of the primary)

Close: March 14 (not less than 106 days prior to the date of the primary)


05/03May 3

Open: Jan. 5 (not earlier than 118 days before the primary election)

Close: Feb. 4 (not later than noon 88 days before the primary election).

Burns Ind. Code § 3-8-2-4


08/02Aug. 2*


Open: N/A

Close: Feb. 2/Mar. 4** (not later than 4 p.m. of the 90th day before the day of the primary election)

Ohio Rev. Code § 3513.05


* Please note: The offices of State Senator, State Representative, and Member of State Central Committee did not appear on the May 3 Primary Election ballot. The primary, for these offices, will be held on Aug. 2.
** The May 3 Primary was for congressional, statewide and local precinct offices. HB 93 moved the congressional candidate filing deadline from Feb. 2 to Mar. 4.


05/10May 10

Open: January 5*

Close: Feb. 15 (filing period shall be between Dec. 1 and Feb.15 prior to the date of the primary election)*

Neb. Rev. Stat. § 32-606


LB 285 (2021): changed the candidate filing dates.

West Virginia

05/10May 10

Open: Jan. 10 (not earlier than the second Monday in January before the primary election day)

Close: Jan. 29 (not later than the last Saturday in January before the primary election day and must be received before midnight ET of that day or, if mailed, shall be postmarked by the United States Postal Service before that hour)

W. Va. Code § 3-5-7


05/17May 17

Open: Nov. 3, 2021 (not earlier than the first Wednesday after the first Monday in November of the year preceding the year the office will appear on the ballot)

Close: Jan. 25, 2022*

KRS § 118.165


*KY HB 172 (2022): extended the candidate filing deadlines to Jan. 25.


05/17May 17

Open: Sept. 10, 2021 (not sooner than the 250th day before the date of the primary election)

Close: Mar. 8, 2022 (not later than the 70th day before the date of the primary election)

Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 249.037


05/17May 17

Open: Feb. 25 (Original date Feb. 15)*

Close: Mar. 15 (Original date March 8, on or before the 10th Tuesday prior to the primary)*

25 P.S. § 2873


*On Feb. 9, 2022, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court temporarily suspended candidate filing deadlines. On Feb. 23, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted a congressional map and modified the candidate filing period. It will open on Feb. 25 and close Mar. 15.


05/17May 17

Open: Feb. 28, at 8 a.m. (8 a.m. on the 12th Monday preceding the primary election)

Close: March 11, at 5 p.m. (5 p.m. on the 10th Friday preceding the primary election)

Idaho Code §34-704 and 34-708


05/24May 24 |June 21

Open: N/A

Close: Jan. 28 or Feb. 11 (not later than 5 p.m. 116 days before the date of the primary election)*

Code of Ala. § 17-13-5

*Note: A Federal court blocked Alabama's new congressional district map from going into effect on Jan. 24, 2022. The court ordered that a new map to be drawn and it extended the filing deadline for congressional candidates for the May primaries to Feb. 11. The U.S. Supreme Court permitted Alabama’s congressional plan to remain in effect for the 2022 primary and general elections. Waiting for court clarification on whether the candidate filing deadlines reverted back to the original date of Jan. 28 or extended to Feb. 11.


05/24May 24 | June 21


Open: March 7 (9 a.m. on the Monday of the 11th week immediately prior to the state or county primary)

Close: March 11 (noon on the Friday immediately following such Monday, notwithstanding the fact that any such days may be legal holidays)

O.C.G.A. § 21-2-153


06/07June 7

Open: Feb. 14

Close: March 11


06/07June 7

Open: Feb. 28 (not earlier than 99 days before the primary election)

Close: March 18 at 5 p.m. (no later than 5 p.m. on the 81st day before the day fixed for holding the primary election)

Iowa Code §43.11


06/07June 7 | June 28

Open: Jan. 1 (no such assessments may be paid before Jan. 1 of the year in which the primary election for the office is held)

Close: March 1 (by 5 p.m. on March 1 of the year in which the primary election for the office is held or on the date of the qualifying deadline provided by statute for the office, whichever is earlier)

Miss. Code Ann. § 23-15-299


06/07June 7

Open: Jan. 13 (no sooner than 145 days before the election in which the office first appears on the ballot)

Close: March 14 (no later than 5 p.m., 85 days before the date of the primary election)

Mont Code § 13-10-201

New Jersey

06/07June 7

Open: N/A

Close: April 4, by 4 p.m.

New Mexico

06/07June 7

Open: Feb. 1, at 9 a.m.

Close: Feb. 1, by 5 p.m. (on the first Tuesday in February of each even-numbered year between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.)

NM ST § 1-8-26(B)

South Dakota

06/07June 7 | August 16

Open: Jan. 1

Close: March 29, by 5 p.m. (by the last Tuesday of March at 5 p.m. local time before the date of the primary election; by the last Tuesday of March at 5 p.m. local time before the primary election, if the petition is mailed by registered mail)

S.D. Codified Laws § 12-6-4


06/14June 14


Open: N/A

Close: March 15, by 5 p.m.

Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 21-A, § 335


06/14June 14

Open: March 7 (first Monday in March of the year in which the election is to be held)

Close: March 18, by 5 p.m. (not later than 5 p.m. on the second Friday after the first Monday in March)

NRS § 293.177(b)

North Dakota

06/14June 14

Open: N/A

Close: April 11, by 4 p.m. (not later than 4 p.m. on the 64th day prior to the day of election)

N.D. Cent. Code, § 16.1-12-04

South Carolina

06/14June 14 | June 28


Open: March 16, at noon

Close: March 30, by noon (noon on March 16 and noon on March 30; next regular business day if March 30 is on a Saturday or Sunday)

S.C. Code Ann. § 7-11-15


06/21June 21*

Open: March 21 (not earlier than noon of the 92nd day before the primary)

Close: April 7 at 5 p.m. (not later than 5 p.m. of the 75th day before the primary)

Va. Code §§ 24.2-503, 24.2-522 and 24.2-524

*Note: SB 1148 (2021) changed the date of the primary election held in June from the second Tuesday in June to the third Tuesday in June. The bill also changes candidate filing deadlines to reflect the change of date. 


05/24May 24 | June 21


Open: Feb. 22, at noon (beginning at noon one week prior to the first day in March)

Close: March 1, at noon (ending at noon on the first day in March)

Ark. Code § 7-7-203


06/28June 28


Open: Jan. 18 (third Tuesday in January)

Close: March 15 (no later than the third Tuesday in March)

Colo. Rev. Stat. § 1-4-801


07/19July 19**

Open: N/A

Close: Mar. 22*, by 9 p.m. (9 p.m. on the last Tuesday in February before the primary election)


* On February 11, 2022, the Maryland Court of Appeals extended the filing deadline from Feb. 22 to March 22.

** The Court of Appeals of Maryland changed the primary date from June 28 to July 19. 

New York

06/28June 28*


Open: April 4 (not earlier than the 13th Monday before the primary election)

Close: April 7 (not later than the 12th Thursday preceding the primary election)

NY CLS Elec § 6–158

*A federal judge moved the congressional and state senate primary date from June 28 to August 23 due to drawing of congressional districts. The races for governor and for the State Assembly are still scheduled to be held on June 28 as originally planned.


06/28June 28 | August 23


Open: April 13, at 8 a.m. (no earlier than 8 a.m. on the second Wednesday of April of any even-numbered year)

Close: April 15, at 5 p.m. (no later than 5 p.m. on the next succeeding Friday)

26 Okl. St. § 5-110


06/28June 28


Open: March 11 (on or after the second Friday in March before the next regular general election)

Close: March 17, by 5 p.m. (before 5 p.m. on the third Thursday in March before the next regular general election)

Utah Code § 20A-9-408


08/02Aug. 2


Open: Jan. 1 (Citizens Clean Elections CCEC participating candidates); March 7, 2022 (traditionally funded candidates)

Close: April 4, by 5 p.m.

Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 16-311


08/02Aug. 2

Open: N/A

Close: June 1, at noon if new redistricting plans are established on or before May 10; June 10, 2022, at noon if new redistricting plans are established on or after May 11.

K.S.A. § 25-205


08/02Aug. 2

Open: N/A

Close: April 19, at 4 p.m. (no later than 4 p.m. of the 15th Tuesday before the August primary)

Mich. Comp. Laws Serv. § 168.551


08/02Aug. 2

Open: Feb. 22, at 8 a.m.

Close: March 29, at 5 p.m.

R.S. Mo §§ 115.349.2, 115.349.1


08/02Aug. 2

Open: May 16

Close: May 20 (during regular business hours beginning the Monday two weeks before Memorial Day and ending the following Friday in the year in which the office is scheduled to be voted upon)

RCW 29A.24.050


08/04Aug. 4

Open: N/A

Close: April 7, by noon (noon, prevailing time, on the first Thursday in April)

Tenn. Code § 2-5-101


08/09Aug. 9


Open: N/A

Close: June 7 (not later than 4 p.m. on the 63rd day preceding the day of the primary)

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 9-400


08/09Aug. 9

Open: May 17 (not more than 84 days before the state primary)

Close: May 31 (not less than 70 days before the state primary)

Minn. Stat. § 204B.09


08/09Aug. 9


Open: April 25 (not earlier than the fourth Monday in April preceding the primary election)

Close: May 26 (not later than 5 p.m. on the fourth Thursday after the first Monday in May preceding the primary election)

Vt. Stat. tit. 17, § 2356


08/09Aug. 9

Open: April 15 (no sooner than April 15 preceding the general election)

Close: June 1, by 5 p.m. (no later than 5 p.m. on June 1 preceding the partisan primary)

Wis. Stat. § 8.15


08/13Aug. 13

Open: Feb. 1

Close: June 7

HRS §12-6, HRS §12-2.5


08/16Aug. 16


Close: June 1 by 5 p.m.

Alaska Stat. § 15.25.040


08/16Aug. 16


Open: May 12 (not more than 96 days preceding the primary election)

Close: May 27 (not later than 81 days preceding the primary election)

Wyo. Stat. § 22-5-209


08/23Aug. 23


Open: June 13, at noon (noon of the 71st day prior to the primary election)

Close: June 17, by noon (not later than noon of the 67th day prior to the date of the primary election)

Fla. Stat. § 99.061


09/13Sept. 13

Open: N/A

Close: July 12 (on or before noon)

15 Del. C. § 3101

New Hampshire

09/13Sept. 13

Open: June 1

Close: June 10 (between the first Wednesday in June and the Friday of the following week)

RSA § 655:14

Rhode Island

09/13Sept. 13 


Open: June 27

Close: June 29 (last consecutive Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in June (June 27, 28, and 29, 2022)

§ 17-14-1


09/06Sept. 6


Open: Feb. 15, 2022 (no later than 15 weeks prior to the first filing deadline with the secretary of the commonwealth)

Close: May 31 (on or before the last Tuesday in May of the year in which a state election is to be held)

ALM GL ch. 53, § 10


11/08Nov. 8 | Dec. 10

Open: N/A

Close: July 22, 4:30 p.m. on the Friday after the opening of the qualifying period for candidates in the primary election or, if that Friday is a legal holiday, at 4:30 p.m. on the next day which is not a legal holiday

§468., §467.

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