The 2024 election season is quickly approaching. Since our last update in mid-October, additional states or territories have confirmed the election dates for 2024 statewide or presidential primaries. However, several states confirmed their candidate filing deadlines during this time.
Forty-one states, Guam, and the District of Columbia have confirmed the dates for their 2024 statewide primaries through the release of an official election calendar, enacted legislation, or candidate filing instructions. Separately, 45 states, three U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia have confirmed the date for at least one of their presidential nominating contests.
Some states schedule their presidential primaries at the same time as statewide primaries for other offices, while other states hold elections on separate dates.
So far, 16 states and D.C. have confirmed their statewide and presidential primaries and scheduled both for the same date.
Iowa has confirmed the earliest presidential nominating contest, with Republicans in the state holding presidential caucuses on Jan. 15. South Carolina’s Democratic Party has confirmed the earliest presidential preference primary on Feb. 3.
So far, D.C., Montana, New Mexico, and South Dakota share the latest confirmed presidential primary on June 4.
Alabama, Arkansas, California, North Carolina, and Texas will all share the earliest 2024 statewide primary date, which is March 5 (Super Tuesday!). Louisiana will hold the latest statewide primary on Nov. 5 due to its unique majority-vote system.
The following U.S. states and territories have not announced their presidential primary dates:
- Alaska (Republicans)
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- American Samoa (Republicans)
- Guam (Republicans)
- North Mariana Islands (Republicans)
- Puerto Rico
- U.S. Virgin Islands (Democrats)
The following U.S. states and territories have not announced their statewide primary dates:
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- American Samoa
- North Mariana Islands
- Puerto Rico
- U.S. Virgin Islands
Candidates must meet a variety of state-specific filing requirements and deadlines to run. These regulations, known as ballot access laws, may include collecting petition signatures, paying filing fees, or both.
Filing deadlines for major party and unaffiliated statewide candidates in 2024 will occur between November 2023 and September 2024, with Alabama on Nov. 10 and both Delaware and North Dakota on Sep. 3. Filing deadlines for major party and unaffiliated presidential candidates in 2024 will occur between October 2023 and September 2024 with Nevada on Oct. 16 and Kentucky on Sep. 6.
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