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Six statewide filing deadlines pass in second week of March

Six states had major party filing deadlines from March 9 to March 13. These were: Montana on March 9; New Mexico and Oregon on March 10; and Idaho, Iowa, and Nevada on March 13.

At the federal level, all six states have U.S. House seats up for election, and all but Nevada also have a U.S. Senate seat on the ballot. At the state level, all six states will hold elections for both chambers of their state legislatures and for seats on their state supreme courts. Montana is the only state holding a gubernatorial election, but it is not holding state appellate court elections like the remaining five states. Idaho is the only one of the six states with no state executive offices on the ballot in 2020.

Fifteen states had filing deadlines before March 9; Nebraska and Georgia had filing deadlines in the first week of March. Eight more states have major party filing deadlines between March 16 and March 31.

From November 2019 to July 2020, Ballotpedia will cover an average of six statewide major party filing deadlines each month. Sixteen states have statewide filing deadlines in March 2020, making it the busiest month for candidate ballot access deadlines for the 2020 elections. November 2019, February 2020, and July 2020 are tied for the fewest with two each.

Additional reading:
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Ballotpedia’s Election Analysis Hub, 2020
Twenty Quality Benchmarks for Election Transparency



Filing deadlines approach in Maine, Colorado, and Utah

The filing deadlines to run for elected office in Maine, Colorado, and Utah are approaching. Maine’s filing deadline is March 16, Colorado’s is March 17, and Utah’s is March 19.

In Maine, prospective candidates may file for the following offices:
• U.S. Senate (1 seat)
• U.S. House (2 seats)
• State Senate (35 seats)
• State House (151 seats)

In Colorado, prospective candidates may file for the following offices:
• U.S. Senate (1 seat)
• U.S. House (7 seats)
• State Board of Education (3 seats)
• State Board of Regents (3 seats)
• State Senate (18 seats)
• State House (65 seats)
• Ballotpedia is also covering local elections in the following areas:
• Denver
• Adams County
• Arapahoe County
• El Paso County

In addition, Colorado will hold retention elections for two Colorado Supreme Court justices and four Colorado Court of Appeals justices.

In Utah, prospective candidates may file for the following offices:
• U.S. House (4 seats)
• State Senate (15 seats)
• State House (75 seats)
• Ballotpedia is also covering local elections in the following areas:
• Alpine School District
• Canyons School District
• Davis School District
• Granite School District
• Jordan School District
• Nebo School District

In addition, Utah will hold retention elections for one Utah Supreme Court justice and six Utah Court of Appeals justices.

The primary in Maine is scheduled for June 9, 2020, while the primaries in Colorado and Utah are scheduled for June 30. The general election in each state is scheduled for November 3, 2020.

Maine, Colorado, and Utah’s statewide filing deadlines are the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is on March 26, 2020, in Virginia.

Maine and Colorado have Democratic state government trifectas, while Utah has a Republican state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers.

Additional reading:
Maine elections, 2020
Colorado elections, 2020
Utah elections, 2020



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