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Recent and Upcoming Election Dates And Deadlines

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January 2018's Events Calendar

StateEvent TypeDate
First day to apply for a ballot by mail using Application for a Ballot by Mail January 1, 2018
First day to apply for a ballot by mail using Application for a Ballot by Mail January 1, 2018
Last Day for Candidate Filing January 16, 2018
Last day to register to vote January 19, 2018
Last day to print and mail ballots to military and overseas voters. January 27, 2018
Voter registration deadline for Special Primary Election - At 11:59 p.m. January 29, 2018
Candidate filing deadline: last day to file nomination papers for candidates who must run in primary January 30, 2018
Early voting begins for Special Primary Election January 31, 2018
First day to request an absentee ballot January 31, 2018
NOTE:This page contains dates and deadlines information on elections occurring across the country.

Election dates and deadlines vary by locality. Please be advised that these dates are updated regularly but are subject to scheduling changes at the local level.

Good To Know


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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