2020 Presidential Campaign Dates

[UPDATED: 10/18/19]

Election Dates

The right to vote is an integral element to the United States electoral system. With the 2020 Presidential election rapidly approaching, it is imperative to follow along if you plan on participating. Throughout the next year, there will be many important dates and events to remember in order for you to exercise your right to vote. Passionate support for a candidate is well and good, but making an informed decision on who you vote for is important on guiding the direction of your town, county, state, and country.

We have aggregated major 2020 campaign dates to ensure that you to stay updated during the election season.

2019 Dates

While the elections aren’t until November 2020, the campaign trail starts in 2019. The Democratic Party has already held two debates, and there are plans for additional debates before the end of the year.

At the time of writing this post, the Republican Party has not scheduled any debates.

Democratic Debate Schedule

  • June 26-27
  • Candidates addressed a variety of topics and their involvement from Medicare for All, environmental dangers, and geopolitical issues. NBC hosted the debates on their networks.¹

    Watch the full debates on NBC’s YouTube channel here and here.

  • July 30-31
  • Candidates addressed healthcare and immigration primarily. CNN hosted the debates.²

    Full transcripts of the debates can be found on NBC’s site here and here.

  • September 12
  • Candidates primarily debated over healthcare. However, they also touched on foreign relations and pulling forces out of Afghanistan. ABC and Univision aired the most recent Democratic debate.4

    You can read the full transcript of the third Democratic debate on ABC’s website or watch the debate on ABC’s YouTube Channel.

  • October 15
  • The 12 qualifying candidates discussed a wide range of topics including the impeachment inquiry, foreign policy, and job loss due to automation. CNN and The New York Times hosted the debate.5

    You can watch the debate on CNN’s website or read the full transcript on The Washington Post.

  • November 20
  • The next 2019 Democratic Debate will be held on November 20th and will be hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post.6

  • December: TBA

2020 Dates

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Most of the election cycle will take place over the course of 2020. From February until November, candidates will campaign across the country in bids to gain traction over their opponents.

The first part of the season, and by far the largest, will be the states holding primaries or caucuses.

Primary or Caucus?

What is the difference between primaries and caucuses? The difference between the two can be confusing as they accomplish the same goal; they determine which candidates will run for the presidency.

Caucuses are localized meetings where registered voters gather to elect delegates who will attend conventions to elect political candidates. Typically, attendees may only attend caucuses that are held by their registered party.

Primaries are statewide voting processes that allow voters to directly choose their preferred candidate. Registered voters submit secret ballots for their chosen candidate which are then tallied. There are two types of primary; Open Primaries and Closed Primaries. In an open primary, an individual may cast a vote for any valid candidate no matter their registered party, and in a closed primary, votes may only be submitted for candidates within an individual’s party.³

Primary & Caucus Dates

The primaries and caucuses held across the country are scheduled ahead of time for voters to prepare and educate themselves on the potential candidates.

Click here for a full list of primary and caucus dates by state and territory.

Party Conventions

Once the primaries and caucuses have ended, the Democratic and Republican parties will hold conventions. These conventions are held to announce the official presidential candidates from each party. The nominations will be announced here and the last few months of campaigning will begin.

Convention Dates:

  • Democratic National Convention: July 13-16, 2020
  • Republican National Convention: August 24-27, 2020

Voting Reminders

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Election day is November 3rd, 2020. In order for you to exercise your right to vote, you will need to register. Each state has its own laws concerning registration deadlines, so be sure you check to see if you are registered or how to register with a site like Vote.org.

Also check to see if your state has early voting procedures or vote by mail options. Military service members and spouses have the option to participate in absentee voting if they are stationed away from their residence.

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Inauguration Day

Inauguration day for the 2020 elections is January 20, 2021. This will mark the start of the new or continued administration based on the results from the election.

 

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We will update this post when new information becomes available.

Primary & Caucus Dates

NOTE: Many of these dates are still subject to change.

Month Date State & Type
February 3rd Iowa caucuses
11th New Hampshire primaries
22nd Nevada Democratic caucuses
29th South Carolina Democratic primary
March 3rd Alabama Primaries
American Samoa Democratic caucus
Arkansas primaries
California primaries
Colorado primaries
Maine primaries
Massachusetts primaries
Minnesota primaries
North Carolina primaries
Oklahoma primaries
Tennessee primaries
Texas primaries
Utah primaries
Vermont primaries
Virginia primaries
Democrats Abroad primaries
8th Puerto Rico Republican primary
10th Hawaii Republican caucuses
Idaho primaries
Michigan primaries
Mississippi primaries
Missouri primaries
North Dakota Democratic caucuses
Washington primaries
12th Virgin Islands Republican caucus
14th District of Columbia Republican convention
Guam Republican caucus
Northern Marianas Democratic convention
Wyoming Republican conventions
17th Arizona Democratic primary
Florida primaries
Illinois primaries
Northern Marianas Republican convention
Ohio primaries
21st Kentucky Republican caucuses
24th American Samoa Republican caucus
Georgia primaries
29th Puerto Rico Democratic primary
April 3rd-5th North Dakota Republican state convention
4th Alaska Democratic primary
Hawaii Democratic primary
Louisiana primaries
Wyoming Democratic caucuses
7th Wisconsin primaries
28th Connecticut primaries
Delaware primaries
Maryland primaries
New York primaries
Pennsylvania primaries
Rhode Island primaries
May 2nd Guam Democratic caucus
Kansas Democratic primary
5th Indiana primaries
12th Nebraska primaries
West Virginia primaries
19th Kentucky Democratic primary
Oregon primaries
June 2nd District of Columbia Democratic primary
Montana primaries
New Jersey primaries
New Mexico primaries
South Dakota primaries
6th Virgin Islands Democratic caucuses
Cancelled Alaska Republican conventions
Arizona Republican primary
Kansas Republican caucuses
Nevada Republican caucuses
South Carolina Republican primary

References:

  1. Ballotpedia – June 2019 Democratic Debates
  2. Ballotpedia – July 2019 Democratic Debates
  3. FactCheck
  4. Ballotpedia – September 2019 Democratic Debates
  5. Ballotpedia – October 2019 Democratic Debates
  6. Ballotpedia – November 2019 Democratic Debates

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