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Election 2016: State primary/caucus dates & information

Are you voting in the 2016 presidential election? Both the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary have truly demonstrated how every single vote counts. In Iowa, Senator Bernie Sanders and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were in a “virtual tie” with only .29 percent separating their margins — with the “apparent winner” being Hillary Clinton. While in New Hampshire, three out of the eight Republicans were in a dead heat — only separated by a couple of basis points from one another.

However, there are still 48 states and millions of Americans who can change the course of the presidential race. If want to make sure your vote is heard, now’s the time to make sure you’re well prepared with the right information: Does my state party hold a primary or a caucus? What is the voter registration deadline? When is my state primary held?

Here is a list of the 50 states and the important information that you need to participate in the presidential primary or caucus election (dates vary by state) and the presidential general election on November 8, 2016 for all 50 states.

Please note that most of these voter registration deadlines are for first-time unregistered voters. If you’re changing party affiliation or updating your information, the deadlines may differ. Since certain dates may be subject to change, it’s very important to contact your state party for more information.

Alabama

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: February 12, 2016 (online), February 15, 2016 (in person)
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 24, 2016
Website: https://www.alabamavotes.gov/

Alaska

Primary or Caucus?: Preference Poll (Republicans), Caucus (Democrats)
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: TBD (Republicans), Same-day/Election Day (in person) voter registration is available (Democrats)
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: March 1, 2016 (Republicans), March 26, 2016 (Democrats)
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 9, 2016
Website: https://www.elections.alaska.gov/

Arizona

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: February 22, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: March 22, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 10, 2016
Website: http://www.azsos.gov/elections

Arkansas

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: February 1, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: March 1, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 10, 2016
Website: http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections

California

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: May 23, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: June 7, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 24, 2016
Website: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/

Colorado

Primary or Caucus?: Caucus
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: January 4, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: March 1, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: Same-day/Election Day (in person) voter registration is available
Website: http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections

Connecticut

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: Same-day/Election Day (in person) voter registration is also available
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: April 26, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: Same-day/Election Day (in person) voter registration is available
Website: http://www.ct.gov/sots/cwp/view.asp?q=525432

Delaware

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: April 2, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: April 26, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 15, 2016
Website: http://elections.delaware.gov/index.shtml

District of Columbia

Primary or Caucus?: Caucus (Republicans), Primary (Democrats)
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: May 16, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: March 12, 2016 (Republicans), June 14, 2016 (Democrats)
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 17, 2016
Website: https://www.dcboee.org/voter_info/

Florida

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: February 16, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: March 15, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 11, 2016
Website: http://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/

Georgia

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: February 1, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: March 1, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 11, 2016
Website: http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/?section=elections

Hawaii

Primary or Caucus?: Caucus
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: Same-day/Election Day (in person) voter registration is available
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: March 8, 2016 (Republicans), March 26, 2016 (Democrats)
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 10, 2016
Website: http://www.elections.hawaii.gov

Idaho

Primary or Caucus?: Caucus
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: February 12, 2016 (Republicans), Same-day/Election Day (in person) voter registration is available (Democrats)
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: March 8, 2016 (Republicans), March 22, 2016 (Democrats)
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: Same-day/Election Day (in person) voter registration is available
Website: http://www.idahovotes.gov/

Illinois

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: March 8, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: February 16, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 11, 2016
Website: https://www.elections.il.gov/InfoForVoters.aspx

Indiana

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: April 4, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: May 3, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 11, 2016
Website: http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/

Iowa

Primary or Caucus?: Caucus
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: Same-day/Election Day (in person) voter registration is available
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: February 1, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: Same-day/Election Day (in person) voter registration is available
Website: http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/

Kansas

Primary or Caucus?: Caucus
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: February 4, 2016 (Republicans), Same-day/Election Day (in person) voter registration is available (Democrats)
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: March 5, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 18, 2016
Website: http://www.voteks.org/

Kentucky

Primary or Caucus?: Caucus (Republicans), Primary (Democrats)
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: April 18, 2016 (Democrats)
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: March 5, 2016 (Republicans), May 17, 2016 (Democrats)
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 11, 2016
Website: http://elect.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Louisiana

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: February 3, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: March 5, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 11, 2016
Website: http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Pages/default.aspx/

Maine

Primary or Caucus?: Caucus
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: TBD (Republicans), Same-day/Election Day (in person) voter registration is available (Democrats)
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: March 5, 2016 (Republicans), March 6, 2016 (Democrats)
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 18, 2016
Website: http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter-info/index.html

Maryland

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: April 5, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: April 26, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 18, 2016
Website: http://www.elections.state.md.us/voting/index.html

Massachusetts

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: February 10, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: March 1, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 19, 2016
Website: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/

Michigan

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: February 8, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: March 8, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 11, 2016
Website: http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633_8716—,00.html

Minnesota

Primary or Caucus?: Caucus
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: TBD (Republicans), Same-day/Election Day (in person) voter registration is available (Democrats)
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: March 1, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 18, 2016
Website: https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/voterregistration/voterregistrationstep1.aspx

Mississippi

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: February 6, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: March 8, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 8, 2016
Website: http://www.sos.ms.gov/elections-voting/Pages/default.aspx

Missouri

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: February 17, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: March 15, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 12, 2016
Website: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri

Montana

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: May 9, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: June 7, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 11, 2016
Website: http://sos.mt.gov/elections/

Nebraska

Primary or Caucus?: Caucus (Democrats), Primary (Republicans)
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: TBD (Republicans), Same-day/Election Day (in person) voter registration is available (Democrats)
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: March 5, 2016 (Democrats), May 10, 2016 (Republicans)
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 21, 2016
Website: https://www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov/VoterView/Home.do

Nevada

Primary or Caucus?: Caucus
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: February 13, 2016 (Republicans), Same-day/Election Day (in person) voter registration is available (Democrats)
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: February 20, 2016 (Democrats), February 23, 2016 (Republicans)
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 18, 2016 (online or in person)
Website: https://nvsos.gov/index.aspx?page=71

New Hampshire

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: Same-day/Election Day (in person) voter registration is available
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: February 9, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: Same-day/Election Day (in person) voter registration is available
Website: http://sos.nh.gov/VoteNH.aspx

New Jersey

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: May 17, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: June 7, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 18, 2016
Website: http://www.njelections.org/

New Mexico

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: May 10, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: June 7, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 11, 2016
Website: http://sos.state.nm.us/

New York

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: March 25, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: April 19, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 14, 2016
Website: http://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html

North Carolina

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: February 19, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: March 15, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 14, 2016
Website: http://www.ncsbe.gov/

North Dakota

Primary or Caucus?: Caucus
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: No voter registration required
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: April 1, 2016 (Republicans), June 7, 2016 (Democrats)
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: No voter registration required
Website: https://vip.sos.nd.gov/PortalList.aspx

Ohio

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: February 16, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: March 15, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 11, 2016
Website: http://www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/elections/Voters.aspx

Oklahoma

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: February 5, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: March 1, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 14, 2016
Website: https://www.ok.gov/elections/

Oregon

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: April 26, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: May 17, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 18, 2016
Website: http://sos.oregon.gov/voting-elections/

Pennsylvania

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: March 28, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: April 26, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 10, 2016
Website: http://www.votespa.com/

Rhode Island

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: March 27, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: April 26, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 9, 2016
Website: http://www.elections.state.ri.us/

South Carolina

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: January 20, 2016 (Republicans), January 27, 2016 (Democrats)
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: February 20, 2016 (Republicans), February 27, 2016 (Democrats)
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 8, 2016
Website: http://www.scvotes.org/south_carolina_voter_registration_information

South Dakota

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: May 23, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: June 7, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 24, 2016
Website: https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/default.aspx

Tennessee

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: February 1, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: March 1, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 11, 2016
Website: http://sos.tn.gov/elections

Texas

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: February 1, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: March 1, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 10, 2016
Website: http://www.votetexas.gov/

Utah

Primary or Caucus?: Caucus
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: TBD (Republicans), February 22, 2016 (Democrats)
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: March 22, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: November 1, 2016
Website: http://vote.utah.gov/vote/menu/index

Vermont

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: February 24, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: March 1, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: November 2, 2016
Website: https://www.sec.state.vt.us/elections/voters.aspx

Virginia

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: February 8, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: March 1, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 17, 2016
Website: http://elections.virginia.gov/

Washington

Primary or Caucus?: Caucus
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: TBD
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: February 20, 2016 (Republicans), March 26, 2016 (Democrats)
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 10, 2016
Website: https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/

West Virginia

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: April 19, 2016
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: May 10, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 18, 2016
Website: http://www.sos.wv.gov/elections/Pages/default.aspx

Wisconsin

Primary or Caucus?: Primary
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: Same-day/Election Day (in person) voter registration is available
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: April 5, 2016
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: Same-day/Election Day (in person) voter registration is available
Website: https://myvote.wi.gov/

Wyoming

Primary or Caucus?: Caucus
State Primary/Caucus Voter Registration Deadline: TBD (Republicans), March 25, 2016 (Democrats)
State Primary/Caucus Election Date: March 1, 2016 (Republicans), April 9, 2016 (Democrats)
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: Same-day/Election Day (in person) voter registration is available
Website: http://soswy.state.wy.us/elections/

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