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February 2018's Events Calendar

StateEvent TypeDate
Last day for the election authority to have in their office a sufficient number of ballots printed and available for mailing to persons in the United States Service or their spouse and dependents of voting age, citizens temporarily residing outside the territorial limits of the United States and nonresident civilians. February 2, 2018
Last Day to Register to Vote February 5, 2018
Deadline to request absentee ballot February 7, 2018
Early voting February 8, 2018
First day for the election authority to mail an official ballot to a registered voter within the confines of the United States who has made application to vote by mail. February 8, 2018
First day for early voting at the office of the election authority and temporary locations designated by the election authority. Temporary polling locations for early voting can be established at the discretion of the election authority, and the dates and hours are also at the discretion of the election authority. February 8, 2018
Early voting February 9, 2018
Voter Registration Deadline February 12, 2018
Voter Registration Deadline for the Consolidate Election February 12, 2018
By noon, to file a withdrawal of candidacy for the primary election. February 12, 2018
Annual School Elections/Special Elections February 13, 2018
February 15, 2018 at NOON - Candidate Qualifying Deadline February 15, 2018
Deadline (5:00 p.m.) for electors to register to vote in the municipal clerk\'s office or other designated location February 16, 2018
Last day for the county elections officials to transmit ballots to military and overseas voters. February 17, 2018
Deadline (5:00 p.m.) for electors (except hospitalized electors and sequestered jurors) to make application in person for absentee ballots. Date set by municipality, in person absentee voting can end before this date. February 18, 2018
Deadline (8:00 p.m.) for absentee ballots to be delivered to the polling place. February 20, 2018
Primary Election Day February 20, 2018
Last day for registration of voters by deputy registrars, including municipal, township and road district clerks and precinct committeemen. Area and precinct registration may apply to the City of Chicago and Cook County. Please check with these jurisdictions for registration deadlines. February 20, 2018
Last day for a person to register and be eligible to vote in the March Special Election February 20, 2018
In Person/By Mail Registration Deadline February 21, 2018
First day to mail ballots. February 21, 2018
February 22, 2018 at NOON - Candidate Withdrawal Deadline February 22, 2018
Last day to mail ballots to electors without daily mail service. February 23, 2018
Last day to mail ballots to electors without daily mail service. February 23, 2018
Advanced (Absentee In-Person) Voting begins for the March Special Election. February 26, 2018
Congressional District 8 Special Primary February 27, 2018
First Day for Candidate Filing February 27, 2018
Last day to mail ballots. February 27, 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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