Many of the processes and laws that govern voting, the options voters have, and the deadlines for various stages of the process, vary from state to state.
It is essential that voters inform themselves of how elections work in the state where they are registered. This website allows you to find the election website for your state: https://www.usa.gov/election-office.
As for voter registration, please note that (with the exception of Wyoming and North Dakota) you can utilize the National Voter Registration Form (find it here in English and in other languages). You can download copies of the form, and instructions on using it.
Also see information on Preregistration for young voters.
Calendar of Key Election Dates
In 2023, several states will have gubernatorial and/or state legislative elections: Mississippi, Kentucky, Louisiana, Virginia, and New Jersey.
Below is a chronological calendar of election-related dates. Click here for the information in alphabetical order by State.
May 29 – Voter Registration Deadline for Virginia Primary
June 2-4 – Early Voting for New Jersey Primary
June 6 – Primary for New Jersey State Legislature Elections
June 20 – Primary for Virginia State Legislative Races
July 10 - Deadline to register to vote for OH special election
July 11 - Early In-Person Voting Begins in Ohio and includes the Saturday and Sunday before Election Day.
August (day TBD) - First Republican Presidential Primary Debate, Milwaukee, WI
August 8 – Mississippi Primary
August 8 - Ohio special election - (Polls Open 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
September 30-October 7 (Except Sunday) – Early Voting for Louisiana Primary, 8:30am-6pm
October 10 – Voter Registration Deadline for Kentucky General Election, 4pm
October 14 – Louisiana Primary
October 16 – Voter Registration Deadline for Virginia
November 3-11 (except Sunday 11/5 and Friday 11/10 due to Veterans Day) – Early Voting for Louisiana Runoff (if a runoff is needed)
November 7 – Election Day in Mississippi, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey and Virginia
November 18 – Runoff for Louisiana if needed
- January 22: Iowa caucus
- January 30: New Hampshire primary
- March 5: Super Tuesday (primaries in Alabama, American Samoa, Democrats Abroad, South Carolina, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia)
- March 5: Hawaii Republican caucuses
- March 12: Primaries in Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Washington state, caucus in North Dakota
- March 19: Primaries in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Ohio
- March 31: Primary in Puerto Rico
- April 2: Primary in Wisconsin
- April 23: Primaries in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Rhode Island
- April 30: Primary in Connecticut
- May 7: Primary in Indiana
- May 14: Primaries in Nebraska and West Virginia
- May 21: Primary in Oregon
- June 4: Primaries in Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota, and the District of Columbia
- Summer: Conventions. Tradition states the party that holds the White House goes second.
- July 15-18: 2024 Republican National Convention, Milwaukee
- August 19-22: 2024 Democratic National Convention, Chicago
- November 5: (the Tuesday after the first Monday of November): Election Day.
- December 10: (at least six days prior to the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December): the "safe harbor" deadline under the Electoral Count Act, where states must finally resolve any controversies over the selection of their electors of the Electoral College.
- December 16: (the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December): The electors meet in their respective state capitals and the District of Columbia to formally vote for president and vice president. The number of states that prohibit faithless electors is subject to change. In 2020, 33 states and DC had such laws.
- January 6: Electoral votes formally counted before a joint session of Congress; the President of the Senate formally announces the electoral result.
- January 20: Inauguration Day.