Election 101: So, After Iowa and NH, When Are All the Primaries?

Election 101: So, After Iowa and NH, When Are All the Primaries?

We are less than two weeks away from the start of the 2016 presidential primary and caucus season. On Feb. 1, the Iowa caucuses will kick off the 2016 election cycle. A little over a week later, the New Hampshire primaries will follow. The process goes on through spring as both parties choose a presidential ticket for the 2016 election.

As a U.S. citizen, your vote is not only something politicians compete for, but your constitutional right. And exercising that right is as American as the stars and stripes. Before election year officially takes off, you can get ready with these steps for participating in the Illinois primary.

  1. Mark the calendar. Primaries and caucuses take place from February to mid-June leading up to the Nov. 8 election. Ours here in Kane County, IL, is March 15. Be sure to check out the Kane County Clerk’s Office Election webpages at www.kanecountyelections.org for more information.
  2. Register to vote. If you’re not already a registered voter, go to this Voter Registration page on the County Clerk’s website to begin the process.
  3. Research candidates. Debates, town halls, speeches and campaign events — election year is many things, but boring is not one of them. Study the issues, learn how to research candidates, and find out what to look for before, during, and after a debate.
  4. Make a plan. It may sound obvious, but having a voting plan is one of the most important things you can do after registering. Work, school, picking up the kids and grocery shopping can make any day hectic. Making a plan to get to your polling station is key. Are you driving? Taking the bus? If you know you won’t be able to make it, you may be able to vote absentee ahead of time. Active military members can also vote absentee and make their voices heard at the polls. Plan ahead and make sure you get your vote in on time.
  5. Spread the word. Friends, family and acquaintances often talk politics, but sometimes don’t make it to the ballot box. Make sure those around are as prepared as you. If they haven’t registered, send them to Vote.USA.gov to register. Be the informed one in your group.

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When Is Super Tuesday 2016?

Illinois’ primary is on March 15 — after the March 1 “Super Tuesday,” which means our state’s primary could be super-important to the process of selecting a nominee for president or not much of a factor at all.

In general, Super Tuesday refers to the Tuesday in February or March of a presidential election year when the greatest number of states hold primary elections to select delegates to national conventions at which each party’s presidential candidates are officially nominated. More delegates can be won on Super Tuesday than on any other single day of the primary calendar, according to Wikipedia.

Super Tuesday in the 2016 election cycle is scheduled to be held on March 1, 2016. This date has been dubbed the “SEC Primary,” since many of the participating states are represented in the U.S. collegiate Southeastern Conference.

The participating states include: Alabama, Alaska (GOP), Arkansas, Colorado caucuses, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota caucuses, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia.

SOURCE: USA.gov, Kane County Clerk’s Office website

2016 Primary Elections by State and Territory

This chart lists the 2016 State primary election dates in all the States, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories. This chart also lists primary runoff dates (if applicable); States with U.S. Senate races; the number of House Districts for each State/Territory and those States with Gubernatorial races.

State Presidential Primary State Primary State Primary Runoff General Election
U.S. Senate U.S. Representative Governor
Alabama March 1 March 1 April 12 Yes 7 No
Alaska August 16 Yes 1 Yes
American Samoa 1 delegate No
Arizona March 22 August 30 Yes 9 No
Arkansas March 1 March 1 March 22 Yes 4 No
California June 7 Yes 53 No
Colorado June 28 Yes 7 No
Connecticut April 26 August 9 Yes 5 No
Delaware April 26 September 13 No 1 Yes
District of Columbia June 14 June 14 1 delegate No
Florida March 15 August 30 Yes 27 No
Georgia March 1 May 24 July 26 Yes 14 No
Guam August 27 1 delegate No
Hawaii August 13 Yes 2 No
Idaho Republican: March 8 May 17 Yes 2 No
Illinois March 15 March 15 Yes 18 No
Indiana May 3 May 3 Yes 9 Yes
Iowa June 7 Yes 4 No
Kansas August 2 Yes 4 No
Kentucky Democratic: May 17 May 17 Yes 6 No
Louisiana March 5 November 8 December 10 Yes 6 No
Maine June 14 No 2 No
Maryland April 26 April 26 Yes 8 No
Massachusetts March 1 September 8 No 9 No
Michigan March 8 August 2 No 14 No
Minnesota August 9 No 8 No
Mississippi March 8 March 8 March 29 No 4 No
Missouri March 15 August 2 Yes 8 Yes
Montana June 7 June 7 Yes 1 Yes
Nebraska May 10 May 10 Yes 3 No
Nevada June 14 Yes 4 No
New Hampshire September 13 Yes 2 No
New Jersey June 7 June 7 No 12 No
New Mexico June 7 June 7 No 3 No
New York April 19 June 28 Yes 27 No
North Carolina March 15 March 15 May 24 Yes 13 Yes
North Dakota June 14 Yes 1 Yes
Ohio March 15 March 15 Yes 16 No
Oklahoma March 1 June 28 August 23 Yes 5 No
Oregon May 17 May 17 Yes 5 Yes
Pennsylvania April 26 April 26 Yes 18 No
Puerto Rico Republican: March 6 June 5 1 resident Yes
Rhode Island April 26 September 13 No 2 No
South Carolina Republican: February 20
Democratic: February 27
June 14 June 28 Yes 7 No
South Dakota June 7 June 7 August 16 Yes 1 No
Tennessee March 1 August 4 No 9 No
Texas March 1 March 1 May 24 No 36 No
Utah June 28 Yes 4 Yes
Vermont March 1 August 9 Yes 1 Yes
Virgin Islands August 6 1 delegate No
Virginia March 1 June 14 No 11 No
Washington May 24 August 2 Yes 10 Yes
West Virginia May 10 May 10 No 3 Yes
Wisconsin April 5 August 9 Yes 8 No
Wyoming August 16 No 1 No