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Congressional major-party candidate filing deadline to pass in Vermont, Wyoming

The major-party congressional filing deadlines to run for elected office in Vermont and Wyoming are on May 28 and May 29, respectively.

In Vermont, prospective candidates may file for the following office:
  • Vermont’s At-Large Congressional District (one seat)
In Wyoming, prospective candidates may file for the following offices:
  • U.S. Senate (one seat)
  • Wyoming’s At-Large Congressional District (one seat)

The primary in Vermont is scheduled for August 11, and the primary in Wyoming is scheduled for August 18. The general election in both states is scheduled for November 3, 2020.

Vermont and Wyoming’s major-party congressional filing deadlines are the 39th and 40th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next major-party congressional filing deadlines are on June 1 in Alaska, Kansas, and Wisconsin.

Entering the 2020 election, the Democratic Party holds the At-Large Congressional District seat from Vermont, and the Republican Party holds the At-Large Congressional District seat from Wyoming.

The U.S. Senate has 45 Democrats, 53 Republicans, and two independents who caucus with the Democratic Party. Only 33 out of 100 Senate seats are up for election. A majority in the chamber requires 51 seats.

The U.S. House has 233 Democrats, 198 Republicans, and one Libertarian. All 435 seats are up for election. A majority in the chamber requires 218 seats.

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Candidate filing period for state-level races to end in Washington

The statewide filing deadline to run for elected office in Washington is on May 15, 2020. Prospective candidates may file for the following state-level offices:

State executive
  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Attorney General
  • Secretary of State
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Commissioner of Public Lands
  • Treasurer
  • Auditor
  • Commissioner of Insurance
State legislative
  • Washington State Senate (25 seats)
  • Washington House of Representatives (98 seats)
State judicial
  • Washington Supreme Court (4 seats)
  • Washington Court of Appeals (8 seats)

The primary is scheduled for August 4, and the general election is scheduled for November 3, 2020.

Washington’s statewide filing deadline is the 38th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is on May 28 in Vermont.

Washington 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.



Local candidate filing deadline to end in Massachusetts May 5

The local filing deadline to run for elected office in Massachusetts is on May 5, 2020. In Massachusetts, candidates must file their collected nomination signatures with local election entities four weeks before filing with the Secretary of the Commonwealth. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued an order that reduced candidate petition signature requirements to 50 percent of their statutory requirements. Prospective candidates may file for the following offices:

  • U.S. Senate (1 seat)
  • U.S. House (9 seats)
  • Governor’s Council (8 seats)
  • Massachusetts State Senate (40 seats)
  • Massachusetts House of Representatives (160 seats)

The primary is scheduled for September 1, and the general election is scheduled for November 3, 2020. Candidates who filed with their local election entities must also file with the Secretary of the Commonwealth by June 2, 2020.

Massachusetts’ statewide filing deadline is the 37th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is on May 8 in Michigan.

Massachusetts has a divided government, and no political party holds a 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 passes for congressional races in Florida

The filing deadline to run for congressional office in Florida is April 24. Neither of Florida’s two U.S. Senate seats are up for election in 2020. All 27 of Florida’s U.S. House seats are up for election. The incumbents filed for re-election in 25 of those 27 districts, leaving two seats open. The incumbents who filed for re-election include:

  • District 1: Matt Gaetz (R)
  • District 2: Neal Dunn (R)
  • District 4: John Rutherford (R)
  • District 5: Alfred Lawson (D)
  • District 6: Michael Waltz (R)
  • District 7: Stephanie Murphy (D)
  • District 8: Bill Posey (R)
  • District 9: Darren Soto (D)
  • District 10: Val Demings (D)
  • District 11: Daniel Webster (R)
  • District 12: Gus Bilirakis (R)
  • District 13: Charlie Crist (D)
  • District 14: Kathy Castor (D)
  • District 15: Ross Spano (R)
  • District 16: Vern Buchanan (R)
  • District 17: Greg Steube (R)
  • District 18: Brian Mast (R)
  • District 20: Alcee Hastings (D)
  • District 21: Lois Frankel (D)
  • District 22: Ted Deutch (D)
  • District 23: Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D)
  • District 24: Frederica Wilson (D)
  • District 25: Mario Diaz-Balart (R)
  • District 26: Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D)
  • District 27: Donna Shalala (D)

District 3 Representative Ted Yoho (R), who is currently serving his fourth term in the House, did not file for re-election. In December 2019, he announced he would not seek re-election because of his pledge not to serve more than four terms. District 19 Representative Francis Rooney (R), who is currently serving his second term in the House, also did not file for re-election. In October 2019, he announced he would not seek re-election and said, “I’ve done what I came to do, and I want to be a model for term limits.”

Florida’s primary is scheduled for August 18. The general election is on November 3, 2020.

Florida’s filing deadline was the 36th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is in Massachusetts on May 5, which is the deadline for candidates to file with local election officials.

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Candidate filing periods end in Michigan and Florida

Major party filing deadlines passed to run for elected office in Michigan on April 21 and Florida on April 24.

In Michigan, candidates filed for the following state offices:
  • Michigan House of Representatives (110 seats)
  • Ballotpedia is also covering local elections in Wayne County

Michigan’s filing deadline was extended from April 21 to May 8, 2020, for candidates to offices that require nominating petitions to access the ballot. These include non-incumbent judicial candidates and independent state executive candidates, among others. Offices that offer candidates the option to pay filing fees to access the ballot did not have their filing period extended.

In Florida, candidates filed for the following state offices:
  • Supreme Court (1 seat)
  • Intermediate Appellate Court (23 seats)
  • Ballotpedia is also covering local elections in the following areas: Jacksonville, Hillsborough County, Miami-Dade County, Orange County, and Pinellas County

The primary in Michigan is scheduled for August 4, and the primary in Florida is scheduled for August 18. The general election in both states is scheduled for November 3, 2020.

Michigan and Florida’s statewide filing deadlines were the 35th and 36th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is on May 5 in Massachusetts.

Michigan has a divided government, meaning no political party holds a state government trifecta. Florida 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.



Filing period for congressional races ends in six states

The major party filing period for congressional races has ended in six states over the past week.

  • New Jersey and South Carolina: March 30
  • Missouri and South Dakota: March 31
  • New York and Tennessee: April 2

All six states are holding U.S. House elections for each of their congressional districts. In addition, New Jersey, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Tennessee are holding elections for one seat each in the U.S. Senate.

These filing deadlines were not moved in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Ballotpedia is tracking changes to election dates and procedures.

The general election in each state is on November 3, 2020. The primaries in New Jersey and South Dakota are scheduled for June 2. The remaining primaries are scheduled as follows:

  • South Carolina: June 9
  • New York: June 23
  • Missouri: August 4
  • Tennessee: August 6

These filing deadlines were the 26th through the 31st to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is on April 6 in Arizona.

Entering the 2020 election year, the U.S. Senate had 45 Democrats, 53 Republicans, and two independents who caucus with the Democratic Party. Only 33 out of 100 Senate seats are up for election. A majority in the chamber requires 51 seats. Meanwhile, entering the 2020 election year, the U.S. House had 232 Democrats, 197 Republicans, 5 vacancies, and 1 independent. All 435 seats are up for election. A majority in the chamber requires 218 seats.

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Candidate filing period for congressional races to end in Arizona, North Dakota, and Oklahoma

The major-party filing deadlines to run for elected office in three states are next week. The deadlines in both Arizona and North Dakota are on April 6; the deadline in Oklahoma is on April 10. Prospective candidates in each state may file for the following congressional offices.

Arizona
  • U.S. Senate: A special election is being held to fill the Senate seat vacated by John McCain (R) upon his death from cancer on August 25, 2018. The seat is currently held by Martha McSally (R), who was appointed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) to replace Jon Kyl (R), the governor’s first appointee. The winner of the special election will serve the remaining two years of McCain’s term.
  • U.S House: All nine of the state’s House seats are up for election.
North Dakota
  • No U.S. Senate seats are up for election. North Dakota’s one at-large U.S. House seat, currently held by Kelly Armstrong (R), is up for election.
Oklahoma
  • U.S. Senate: The Class II Senate seat currently held by Jim Inhofe (R) is up for election.
  • U.S. House: All five of the state’s House seats are up for election.

North Dakota’s primary is scheduled for June 9, Oklahoma’s primary is scheduled for June 30, and Arizona’s primary is scheduled for August 4. The general elections in all three states are scheduled for November 3, 2020.

Arizona’s and North Dakota’s filing deadlines are the 32nd and 33rd to take place in the 2020 election cycle; Oklahoma’s deadline is the 34th. The next statewide filing deadline is on April 21 in Michigan.

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Candidate filing period for state and local races to end in Arizona, North Dakota, and Oklahoma

The major-party filing deadlines to run for state elected office in three states are coming up in the next week. Arizona’s and North Dakota’s filing deadlines are on April 6, and Oklahoma’s filing deadline is on April 10.

In Arizona, prospective candidates may file for the following state offices:
  • Corporation Commission (3 seats)
  • State Senate (30 seats)
  • State House (60 seats)
Ballotpedia is also covering Arizona local elections in the following areas, though the filing deadline for these offices is not until July 6:
  • Phoenix
  • Mesa
  • Chandler
  • Glendale
  • Gilbert
  • Scottsdale
  • Maricopa County
  • Pima County
  • 42 school districts
In North Dakota, prospective candidates may file for the following state offices:
  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Treasurer
  • State Auditor
  • Commissioner of Insurance
  • Public Service Commissioner
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • State Senate (23 seats)
  • State House (47 seats)
  • Supreme Court (1 seat)
In Oklahoma, prospective candidates may file for the following state offices:
  • Corporation Commissioner
  • State Senate (24 seats)
  • State House (101 seats)
Ballotpedia is also covering Oklahoma local elections in the following areas:
  • Tulsa
  • Oklahoma County
  • Tulsa County
  • Cleveland County
  • Canadian County
  • Osage County
  • 25 school districts (the filing deadline for these elections was December 4, 2019)

Arizona and Oklahoma are also holding retention elections for their state supreme courts and their state intermediate appellate courts on November 3, 2020.

The primary in Arizona is scheduled for August 4, the primary in North Dakota is scheduled for June 9, and the primary in Oklahoma is scheduled for June 30. North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum (R) has authorized counties to conduct the June 9 primary entirely by mail in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The general elections for all three states are scheduled for November 3, 2020.

Arizona’s, North Dakota’s, and Oklahoma’s statewide filing deadlines are the 32nd, 33rd, and 34th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is on April 21 in Michigan.

Arizona, North Dakota, and Oklahoma all have Republican state government trifectas. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers.



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.

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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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