2022 State Primary Election Dates and Filing Deadlines

9/24/2021

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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.

Sort alphabetically by clicking the State header or chronologically by clicking the State Primary Date header 

State State primary date | Run off Candidate filing deadlines

Texas

03/01March 1* | May 24*

Open: N/A*

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.

If redistricting done on or before November 15, 2021

Candidate filing period: November 29, 2021 – December 13, 2021, at 6pm

Primary date: March 1, 2022

Runoff primary date: May 24, 2022

 

If redistricting done after November 15 but before December 28, 2021

Candidate filing period: January 10-January 25, 2022, at 6pm

Primary date: April 5, 2022

Runoff primary date: June 21, 2022

 

If redistricting done after December 28, 2021, but before February 7, 2022

Candidate filing period: February 21 – March 7, 2022, at 6pm

Primary date: May 24, 2022

Runoff primary date: July 26

North Carolina

03/08March 8 | April 26

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

Close: 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

Illinois

06/28June 28

Open: March 7, 2022 (not more than 113 days prior to the date of the primary)

Close: March 14, 2022 (not less than 106 days prior to the date of the primary)

Indiana

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

Ohio

05/03May 3

 

Open: N/A

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

Ohio Rev. Code § 3513.05

Nebraska

05/10May 10

Open: January 5, 2022*

Close: Feb. 15, 2022 (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

Kentucky

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. 7, 2022 (not later than the first Friday following the first Monday in January preceding the day fixed by law for holding the primary)

KRS § 118.165

Oregon

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

Pennsylvania

05/17May 17

Open: Feb. 15

Close: March 8 (on or before the 10th Tuesday prior to the primary)

25 P.S. § 2873

Idaho

05/17May 17

Open: Feb. 28, 2022, 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

Alabama

05/24May 24 |July 26

Open: N/A

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

Code of Ala. § 17-13-5

Georgia

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

California

06/07June 7

Open: Feb. 14

Close: March 11

Iowa

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

Mississippi

06/07June 7 | June 28

Open: Jan. 1, 2021 (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

Montana

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

Maine

06/14June 14

 

Open: N/A

Close: March 15, by 5 p.m.

Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 21-A, § 335

Nevada

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

Virginia

06/21June 21*

Open: March 14 (not earlier than noon of the 92nd day before the primary)

Close: March 30 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. 

Arkansas

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

Colorado

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

Maryland

06/28June 28

Open: N/A

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

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

Oklahoma

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

Utah

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

Arizona

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

Kansas

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

Michigan

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

Missouri

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

Washington

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

Tennessee

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

Connecticut

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

Minnesota

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

Vermont

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

Wisconsin

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

Hawaii

08/13Aug. 13

Open: Feb. 1

Close: June 7

HRS §12-6, HRS §12-2.5

Alaska

08/16Aug. 16

Open:N/A

Close: June 1 by 5 p.m.

Alaska Stat. § 15.25.040

Wyoming

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

Florida

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

Delaware

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: N/A

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

§ 17-14-1

Massachusetts

09/20Sept. 20

 

Open: Feb. __, 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

Louisiana

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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