2022 State Primary Election Dates and Filing Deadlines

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State primary election dates and candidate filing deadlines are listed below. The primaries are used by political parties to determine the candidates who will run for all partisan offices in their states on the general election ballot on Nov. 8, 2022. On the ballots are legislative, congressional, gubernatorial and statewide office contests in 46 states.

Note that Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia hold their legislative elections in odd-numbered years. The dates listed for those states apply to congressional and other races. See Why Do Four States Have Odd-Year Elections for more information.

The earliest state primary in 2022 will be held on March 1, and the latest in mid-September. June and August are the busiest months, with 15 primaries each, while there are no primaries scheduled for April or July. The manner in which party primary elections are conducted varies widely by state. Please visit NCSL’s State Primary Types webpage for information on “closed,” “open,” “Top Two” and other primary elections or NCSL’s Primaries: More than One Way to Find a Party Nominee report.

Note that primary dates are subject to change by legislative action. The dates listed here are based on state election resources or statutory requirements as of March 2021.

For additional information, email NCSL’s Elections Team.

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State State primary date | Run off Candidate filing deadlines
Texas March 1* | May 24* Open: Nov. 13, 2021*

Close: Dec. 13, 2021, by 6 p.m. (not later than 6 p.m. on the second Monday in December of an odd-numbered year)*

Tex. Elec. Code § 172.023

*TX SB 13: Due to the delayed delivery of the 2020 redistricting data, this bill sets new dates for the candidate-filing period, primary election, and primary runoff election for the 2022 election cycle based on when the legislature completes redistricting. Texas enacted redistricting maps on October 25, 2021. The law is not effective until Dec. 2, 2021, therefore the opening of the candidate filing is based on current law, which starts the filing period on Nov 13.

North Carolina May 17* | July 26* Open: February 24* (Orginal date: Dec. 6, 2021, at noon (no earlier than noon on the first Monday in December)

Close: March 4* (Ordinial date: Dec. 17, 2021, by noon (no later than noon on the third Friday in December preceding the primary)

N.C. Gen. Stat. § 163-106.2

*On Dec. 8, 2021, the North Carolina Supreme Court granted a prelimary injunction and temporary stays the candidate filing period for the 2022 election. The Court changed the state primary date from March 8 to May 17, 2022 and halted the candidate filing periods. The candidate filing deadlines to resume on February 24, 2022.

** HB 605 moves the primary date to June 7, 2022. The bill has been ratified and was sent to the governor on Jan. 19, 2022. The governor vetoed the bill on Jan. 28.

Illinois June 28 Open: March 7 (not more than 113 days prior to the date of the primary)

Close: March 14 (not less than 106 days prior to the date of the primary)

Indiana May 3 Open: Jan. 5 (not earlier than 118 days before the primary election)

Close: Feb. 4 (not later than noon 88 days before the primary election).

Burns Ind. Code § 3-8-2-4

Ohio May 3** Open: N/A

Close: Feb. 2/Mar. 4* (not later than 4 p.m. of the 90th day before the day of the primary election)

Ohio Rev. Code § 3513.05

*The HB 93 moves the congressional candidate filing deadline from Feb. 2 to Mar. 4.

** Please note: The offices of State Senator, State Representative, and Member of State Central Committee will not appear on the May 3 Primary Election ballot.

Nebraska May 10 Open: January 5*

Close: Feb. 15 (filing period shall be between Dec. 1 and Feb.15 prior to the date of the primary election)*

Neb. Rev. Stat. § 32-606

LB 285 (2021): changed the candidate filing dates.

West Virginia May 10 Open: Jan. 10 (not earlier than the second Monday in January before the primary election day)

Close: Jan. 29 (not later than the last Saturday in January before the primary election day and must be received before midnight ET of that day or, if mailed, shall be postmarked by the United States Postal Service before that hour)

W. Va. Code § 3-5-7

Kentucky May 17 Open: Nov. 3, 2021 (not earlier than the first Wednesday after the first Monday in November of the year preceding the year the office will appear on the ballot)

Close: Jan. 25, 2022*

KRS § 118.165

*KY HB 172 (2022): extended the candidate filing deadlines to Jan. 25.

Oregon May 17 Open: Sept. 10, 2021 (not sooner than the 250th day before the date of the primary election)

Close: Mar. 8, 2022 (not later than the 70th day before the date of the primary election)

Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 249.037

Pennsylvania May 17 Open: Feb. 25 (Original date Feb. 15)*

Close: Mar. 15 (Original date March 8, on or before the 10th Tuesday prior to the primary)*

25 P.S. § 2873

*On Feb. 9, 2022, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court temporarily suspended candidate filing deadlines. On Feb. 23, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted a congressional map and modified the candidate filing period. It will open on Feb. 25 and close Mar. 15.

Idaho May 17 Open: Feb. 28, at 8 a.m. (8 a.m. on the 12th Monday preceding the primary election)

Close: March 11, at 5 p.m. (5 p.m. on the 10th Friday preceding the primary election)

Idaho Code §34-704 and 34-708

Alabama May 24 |June 21 Open: N/A

Close: Jan. 28 or Feb. 11 (not later than 5 p.m. 116 days before the date of the primary election)*

Code of Ala. § 17-13-5

*Note: A Federal court blocked Alabama’s new congressional district map from going into effect on Jan. 24, 2022. The court ordered that a new map to be drawn and it extended the filing deadline for congressional candidates for the May primaries to Feb. 11. The U.S. Supreme Court permitted Alabama’s congressional plan to remain in effect for the 2022 primary and general elections. Waiting for court clarification on whether the candidate filing deadlines reverted back to the original date of Jan. 28 or extended to Feb. 11.

Georgia May 24 | June 21 Open: March 7 (9 a.m. on the Monday of the 11th week immediately prior to the state or county primary)

Close: March 11 (noon on the Friday immediately following such Monday, notwithstanding the fact that any such days may be legal holidays)

O.C.G.A. § 21-2-153

California June 7 Open: Feb. 14

Close: March 11

Iowa June 7 Open: Feb. 28 (not earlier than 99 days before the primary election)

Close: March 18 at 5 p.m. (no later than 5 p.m. on the 81st day before the day fixed for holding the primary election)

Iowa Code §43.11

Mississippi June 7 | June 28 Open: Jan. 1 (no such assessments may be paid before Jan. 1 of the year in which the primary election for the office is held)

Close: March 1 (by 5 p.m. on March 1 of the year in which the primary election for the office is held or on the date of the qualifying deadline provided by statute for the office, whichever is earlier)

Miss. Code Ann. § 23-15-299

Montana June 7 Open: Jan. 13 (no sooner than 145 days before the election in which the office first appears on the ballot)

Close: March 14 (no later than 5 p.m., 85 days before the date of the primary election)

Mont Code § 13-10-201

New Jersey June 7 Open: N/A

Close: April 4, by 4 p.m.

New Mexico June 7 Open: Feb. 1, at 9 a.m.

Close: Feb. 1, by 5 p.m. (on the first Tuesday in February of each even-numbered year between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.)

NM ST § 1-8-26(B)

South Dakota June 7 | August 16 Open: Jan. 1

Close: March 29, by 5 p.m. (by the last Tuesday of March at 5 p.m. local time before the date of the primary election; by the last Tuesday of March at 5 p.m. local time before the primary election, if the petition is mailed by registered mail)

S.D. Codified Laws § 12-6-4

Maine June 14 Open: N/A

Close: March 15, by 5 p.m.

Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 21-A, § 335

Nevada June 14 Open: March 7 (first Monday in March of the year in which the election is to be held)

Close: March 18, by 5 p.m. (not later than 5 p.m. on the second Friday after the first Monday in March)

NRS § 293.177(b)

North Dakota June 14 Open: N/A

Close: April 11, by 4 p.m. (not later than 4 p.m. on the 64th day prior to the day of election)

N.D. Cent. Code, § 16.1-12-04

South Carolina June 14 | June 28 Open: March 16, at noon

Close: March 30, by noon (noon on March 16 and noon on March 30; next regular business day if March 30 is on a Saturday or Sunday)

S.C. Code Ann. § 7-11-15

Virginia June 21* Open: March 21 (not earlier than noon of the 92nd day before the primary)

Close: April 7 at 5 p.m. (not later than 5 p.m. of the 75th day before the primary)

Va. Code §§ 24.2-503, 24.2-522 and 24.2-524

*Note: SB 1148 (2021) changed the date of the primary election held in June from the second Tuesday in June to the third Tuesday in June. The bill also changes candidate filing deadlines to reflect the change of date.

Arkansas May 24 | June 21 Open: Feb. 22, at noon (beginning at noon one week prior to the first day in March)

Close: March 1, at noon (ending at noon on the first day in March)

Ark. Code § 7-7-203

Colorado June 28 Open: Jan. 18 (third Tuesday in January)

Close: March 15 (no later than the third Tuesday in March)

Colo. Rev. Stat. § 1-4-801

Maryland July 19** Open: N/A

Close: Mar. 22*, by 9 p.m. (9 p.m. on the last Tuesday in February before the primary election)

* On February 11, 2022, the Maryland Court of Appeals extended the filing deadline from Feb. 22 to March 22.

** The Court of Appeals of Maryland changed the primary date from June 28 to July 19.

New York June 28* Open: April 4 (not earlier than the 13th Monday before the primary election)

Close: April 7 (not later than the 12th Thursday preceding the primary election)

NY CLS Elec § 6–158

*A federal judge moved the congressional and state senate primary date from June 28 to August 23 due to drawing of congressional districts. The races for governor and for the State Assembly are still scheduled to be held on June 28 as originally planned.

Oklahoma June 28 | August 23 Open: April 13, at 8 a.m. (no earlier than 8 a.m. on the second Wednesday of April of any even-numbered year)

Close: April 15, at 5 p.m. (no later than 5 p.m. on the next succeeding Friday)

26 Okl. St. § 5-110

Utah June 28 Open: March 11 (on or after the second Friday in March before the next regular general election)

Close: March 17, by 5 p.m. (before 5 p.m. on the third Thursday in March before the next regular general election)

Utah Code § 20A-9-408

Arizona Aug. 2 Open: Jan. 1 (Citizens Clean Elections CCEC participating candidates); March 7, 2022 (traditionally funded candidates)

Close: April 4, by 5 p.m.

Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 16-311

Kansas Aug. 2 Open: N/A

Close: June 1, at noon if new redistricting plans are established on or before May 10; June 10, 2022, at noon if new redistricting plans are established on or after May 11.

K.S.A. § 25-205

Michigan Aug. 2 Open: N/A

Close: April 19, at 4 p.m. (no later than 4 p.m. of the 15th Tuesday before the August primary)

Mich. Comp. Laws Serv. § 168.551

Missouri Aug. 2 Open: Feb. 22, at 8 a.m.

Close: March 29, at 5 p.m.

R.S. Mo §§ 115.349.2, 115.349.1

Washington Aug. 2 Open: May 16

Close: May 20 (during regular business hours beginning the Monday two weeks before Memorial Day and ending the following Friday in the year in which the office is scheduled to be voted upon)

RCW 29A.24.050

Tennessee Aug. 4 Open: N/A

Close: April 7, by noon (noon, prevailing time, on the first Thursday in April)

Tenn. Code § 2-5-101

Connecticut Aug. 9 Open: N/A

Close: June 7 (not later than 4 p.m. on the 63rd day preceding the day of the primary)

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 9-400

Minnesota Aug. 9 Open: May 17 (not more than 84 days before the state primary)

Close: May 31 (not less than 70 days before the state primary)

Minn. Stat. § 204B.09

Vermont Aug. 9 Open: April 25 (not earlier than the fourth Monday in April preceding the primary election)

Close: May 26 (not later than 5 p.m. on the fourth Thursday after the first Monday in May preceding the primary election)

Vt. Stat. tit. 17, § 2356

Wisconsin Aug. 9 Open: April 15 (no sooner than April 15 preceding the general election)

Close: June 1, by 5 p.m. (no later than 5 p.m. on June 1 preceding the partisan primary)

Wis. Stat. § 8.15

Hawaii Aug. 13 Open: Feb. 1

Close: June 7

HRS §12-6, HRS §12-2.5

Alaska Aug. 16 Open:N/A

Close: June 1 by 5 p.m.

Alaska Stat. § 15.25.040

Wyoming Aug. 16 Open: May 12 (not more than 96 days preceding the primary election)

Close: May 27 (not later than 81 days preceding the primary election)

Wyo. Stat. § 22-5-209

Florida Aug. 23 Open: June 13, at noon (noon of the 71st day prior to the primary election)

Close: June 17, by noon (not later than noon of the 67th day prior to the date of the primary election)

Fla. Stat. § 99.061

Delaware Sept. 13 Open: N/A

Close: July 12 (on or before noon)

15 Del. C. § 3101

New Hampshire Sept. 13 Open: June 1

Close: June 10 (between the first Wednesday in June and the Friday of the following week)

RSA § 655:14

Rhode Island Sept. 13 Open: June 27

Close: June 29 (last consecutive Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in June (June 27, 28, and 29, 2022)

§ 17-14-1

Massachusetts Sept. 6 Open: Feb. 15, 2022 (no later than 15 weeks prior to the first filing deadline with the secretary of the commonwealth)

Close: May 31 (on or before the last Tuesday in May of the year in which a state election is to be held)

ALM GL ch. 53, § 10

Louisiana Nov. 8 | Dec. 10 Open: N/A

Close: July 22, 4:30 p.m. on the Friday after the opening of the qualifying period for candidates in the primary election or, if that Friday is a legal holiday, at 4:30 p.m. on the next day which is not a legal holiday

§468., §467.

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