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Upcoming filing deadlines for independent presidential candidates from August 17 to August 23

Although there is no formal, national deadline to file to run for president of the United States, independent presidential candidates must keep a close eye on the election calendar as each state has its own filing requirements and deadline to qualify to appear on the general election ballot.

These requirements may include submitting a petition with a certain number of signatures or paying a filing fee.

Filing deadlines for independent presidential candidates have already passed in 32 states.

In the week of August 17, there are seven filing deadlines:

• Utah (August 17)
• Minnesota (August 18)
• Montana (August 19)
• Alabama (August 20)
• Tennessee (August 20)
• Louisiana (August 21)

• Virginia (August 21)

There are four filing deadlines the following week.

• Idaho (August 24)
• Massachusetts (August 25)
• Oregon (August 25)

• Wyoming (August 25)

The following chart shows how many days are left until each remaining state’s filing deadline passes:

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Upcoming filing deadlines for independent presidential candidates from August 8 to August 14

Although there is no formal, national deadline to file to run for president of the United States, independent presidential candidates must keep a close eye on the election calendar as each state has its own filing requirements and deadline to qualify to appear on the general election ballot.

These requirements may include submitting a petition with a certain number of signatures or paying a filing fee.

Filing deadlines for independent presidential candidates have already passed in 29 states.

In the week of August 10, there are three filing deadlines:

• Georgia (August 14)
• Iowa (August 14)

• Nevada (August 14)

There are seven filing deadlines the following week.

• Utah (August 17)
• Minnesota (August 18)
• Montana (August 19)
• Alabama (August 20)
• Tennessee (August 20)
• Louisiana (August 21)

• Virginia (August 21)

The following chart shows how many days are left until each remaining state’s filing deadline passes:

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Upcoming filing deadlines for independent presidential candidates from August 3 to August 9

Although there is no formal, national deadline to file to run for president of the United States, independent presidential candidates must keep a close eye on the election calendar as each state has its own filing requirements and deadline to qualify to appear on the general election ballot.

These requirements may include submitting a petition with a certain number of signatures or paying a filing fee.

Filing deadlines for independent presidential candidates have already passed in 12 states:

• Florida (July 15)
• Illinois (July 20)
• Indiana (June 30)
• Maine (July 25)
• Michigan (July 16)
• Missouri (July 27)
• New Mexico (June 25)
• New York (July 30)
• North Carolina (March 3)
• Oklahoma (July 15)
• South Carolina (July 15)

• Texas (May 11)

In the week of August 3, there are 16 filing deadlines:

• August 3, 2020: Arkansas, Kansas, Maryland, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and West Virginia
• August 4, 2020: West Virginia and South Dakota
• August 5, 2020: Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, and Ohio
• August 7, 2020: California, Connecticut, and Washington

There are three filing deadlines the following week.

The following chart shows how many days are left until each remaining state’s filing deadline passes:

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Filing deadline approaches in special election for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District

Candidates interested in running in the special election for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District have until July 31 to file. The special general election is scheduled for September 29, 2020.

If no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the general election, the top two vote-getters will advance to a general runoff election. The runoff (if needed) is scheduled for December 1, 2020.

The special election was called after John Lewis (D) passed away on July 17, 2020. John Lewis served in the seat from 1987 until his death.

The seat is also up in a regular election scheduled for November 3, 2020. The Georgia Democratic Party nominated state Senator Nikema Williams to replace Lewis on the general election ballot. Williams will face Angela Stanton King (R) on November 3.

Georgia’s delegation to the U.S. House includes four Democrats, nine Republicans, and one vacancy.

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Upcoming filing deadlines for independent presidential candidates from July 27 to August 2

Although there is no formal, national deadline to file to run for president of the United States, independent presidential candidates must keep a close eye on the election calendar as each state has its own filing requirements and deadline to qualify to appear on the general election ballot.

These requirements may include submitting a petition with a certain number of signatures or paying a filing fee.

Filing deadlines for independent presidential candidates have already passed in 10 states:

• Florida (July 15)
• Illinois (July 20)
• Indiana (June 30)
• Maine (July 25)
• Michigan (July 16)
• New Mexico (June 25)
• North Carolina (March 3)
• Oklahoma (July 15)
• South Carolina (July 15)

• Texas (May 11)

In the week of July 27, there are three filing deadlines:

• Missouri (July 27)
• New Jersey (July 27)

• New York (July 30)

There are 16 filing deadlines the following week.

The following chart shows how many days are left until each remaining state’s filing deadline passes:

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Candidate filing deadline to run for congressional office passes in Louisiana

On July 24, 2020, the major-party filing deadline to run for elected office in Louisiana passed. The candidate filing period ran from July 22 to July 24; the Louisiana State Legislature moved the filing period from earlier in the month in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Prospective candidates filed for the following congressional offices:

U.S. Senate

Louisiana’s Class II Senate seat is up for election. Incumbent Sen. Bill Cassidy (R) filed for re-election to the seat. He was first elected in 2014.

U.S. House of Representatives
All six of Louisiana’s U.S. House seats are up for election. Republicans currently hold five of those seats and a Democrat holds the other. Five of the six incumbents filed for re-election:
  • District 1: Steve Scalise (R)
  • District 2: Cedric Richmond (D)
  • District 3: Clay Higgins (R)
  • District 4: Mike Johnson (R)
  • District 6: Garret Graves (R)

District 5 Rep. Ralph Abraham (R) is the one congressional incumbent not seeking re-election to his seat. He announced on February 26, 2020, that he would be retiring after his current term, in keeping with his decision upon his election in 2014 to serve only three terms.

Louisiana elections use the majority-vote system. All candidates compete in the same primary, and a candidate can win the election outright by receiving more than 50% of the vote. If no candidate does, the top two vote recipients from the primary advance to the general election, regardless of their partisan affiliation. The primary is scheduled for November 3, and the general election is scheduled for December 5, 2020.

Louisiana’s statewide filing deadline is the 50th and final major-party deadline to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The previous statewide filing deadline was on July 14 in Delaware.

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Filing deadline passes for state executive and legislative candidates in Delaware

On July 14, 2020, the candidate filing period ended to run for state executive and legislative offices in Delaware. Candidates filed for the following state executive offices:
• Governor
• Lieutenant Governor

• Insurance Commissioner

All three incumbents—Governor John Carney (D), Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long (D), and Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro (D)—filed for re-election.

Candidates also filed for the following state legislative offices:
• Delaware State Senate (11 of 21 seats)

• Delaware House of Representatives (all 41 seats)

The primary is scheduled for September 15, 2020, and the general election will be held on November 3, 2020.

The next and final statewide filing deadline in the 2020 election cycle is on July 24 in Louisiana.

Delaware has a Democratic state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers.

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Candidate filing period for state executive candidates to end in Louisiana

The filing deadline to run for elected office in Louisiana is on July 24, 2020. In Louisiana, prospective candidates may file for two seats on the Public Service Commission.

Ballotpedia is also covering local elections in the following areas:
• Baton Rouge (Mayor, city council, and other municipal seats)

• New Orleans (District attorney and judicial seats)

Louisiana does not conduct true primary elections. Instead, all candidates running for a local, state, or federal office appear on the same ballot regardless of their partisan affiliations. If a candidate wins a simple majority of all votes cast for the office (i.e., 50 percent, plus one vote), he or she wins the election outright. If no candidate meets that threshold, the top two finishers, regardless of their partisan affiliations, advance to a second election. In that election, the candidate who receives the greatest number of votes wins. The primary is scheduled for November 3, and the general election, if needed, is scheduled for December 5, 2020.

Louisiana’s statewide filing deadline is the last to take place in the 2020 election cycle.

Louisiana has a divided government, and no political party holds a state government trifecta. A state government trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers.

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Filing period for congressional candidates ends in Delaware

On July 14, the major-party congressional filing deadline passed to run for elected office in Delaware. Candidates filed for the state’s Class II U.S. Senate seat and at-large U.S. House seat.

The Class II Senate seat is currently held by Chris Coons (D), who filed to run for re-election. The state’s at-large seat in the U.S. House is currently held by Lisa Blunt Rochester (D), who also filed to run for re-election.

The primary is scheduled for September 15, and the general election is scheduled for November 3, 2020.

Delaware’s statewide filing deadline was the 49th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is on July 24 in Louisiana.

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Candidate filing for state executive and legislative offices to end in Delaware

The filing deadline to run for state executive and legislative offices will pass in Delaware on July 14. The primary is scheduled for September 15, 2020, and the general election will be held on November 3, 2020.

In Delaware, prospective candidates may file for the following state offices:
  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Insurance Commissioner
  • State Senate (11 seats)
  • State House (41 seats)

The next and last statewide filing deadline in the 2020 election cycle is on July 24 in Louisiana.

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