Filing deadline roundup
Candidate filing deadlines are this month for the 2020 elections in California, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas. Here are updates from three of those states:
Illinois’ filing deadline for established party candidates was Monday, Dec. 2. According to state law, an established political party is one whose candidates received more than 5% of the total vote cast in any district or political subdivision. Primary elections in Illinois are on March 17.
The offices on the ballot in Illinois include the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Dick Durbin (D), all 18 U.S. House districts, 20 of 59 state Senate seats, all 118 state House districts, four state Supreme Court seats, 10 intermediate appellate court seats, and local offices.
California’s filing deadline is Friday—Dec. 6. Offices on the ballot include all 53 U.S. House districts, 20 out of 40 state Senate seats, and all 80 state House districts. The filing deadline will be extended by five days in races where the incumbent does not file for re-election. California’s top-two primaries are on March 3.
There will be a special election in California’s 25th Congressional District in early 2020, after the resignation of Katie Hill (D) on Nov. 1. The deadline for candidates to file to run in the special election is Jan. 9—after the statewide filing deadline. The primary election in that race is on March 3 and the special election is May 12.
A three-judge panel of North Carolina’s state superior court ruled unanimously Monday, Dec. 2 that the state’s 2020 U.S. House elections will take place under a remedial map state lawmakers adopted in November. The state legislature approved the remedial map along party lines, with all Republicans voting in favor and all Democrats voting against. The court had earlier ruled that the previous map—enacted in 2016—was an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.
The court also ordered that the candidate filing period for U.S. House districts should begin immediately, after previously delaying the filing period for those offices pending its consideration of the remedial map. The ruling means that candidate filing is underway for all offices in North Carolina until Dec. 20.
The other December filing deadlines are Texas (12/9) and Ohio (12/18). The 2020 candidate filing deadlines in two states—Alabama and Arkansas—passed in November. You can view our full list of filing deadlines for the 2020 election cycle here.