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American Political Elections

A nonpartisan collection of information about elections, voting, and American political issues.

Election 2020

Election 2020

This page will be updated during the upcoming election cycle. Check back occasionally for more resources as Election Day becomes closer.

Election Day

Election Day 2020 will occur on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. 

Special Topic: Elections and COVID-19

As the country and the world grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, many aspects of life have been impacted. This year's election has also been impacted already and possibly in ways we have yet to see. Below are some resources related to how COVID-19 is impacting the 2020 election cycle:

2020 Presidential Election

A number of candidates from both parties will be campaigning over the coming months, hoping to secure their party's nomination during the primary elections and caucuses. 

Ballotpedia keeps a running list of people who have declared their candidacy for each party:

Election Calendars and Important Dates

2020 Presidential Primaries and Caucuses

Party Primaries and Caucuses will occur throughout spring 2020 in each state. The earliest begins with the Iowa caucuses on Monday, February 3rd and the last in early June. 

Based on the outcomes of the primary elections and caucuses, party delegates from each state will be sent to the national party conventions. 

The following links from Ballotpedia contain the rules for delegates for each party and how presidential nominees will be chosen:

Check out the following to see up to date primary election results and awarded delegate counts:

These primary caucuses and elections will culminate at the major party conventions when the presidential nominee and platform for each party will be officially announced. 

Major Party Conventions
Democratic National Convention Republican National Convention

August 17-20, 2020

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

August 24-27, 2020

Charlotte, North Carolina

*Originally scheduled for July 13-16, 2020, but postponed due to COVID-19.

Voting in the Primaries

See the Voting tab for information on registering to vote and voting if you would like to participate in voting for your party's primary.

Keep in mind: each state has its own laws regarding voter registration deadlines (including deadlines for declaring a party affiliation) so the deadline to register for each state will vary.

For example, if you would like to vote in the Massachusetts primary the deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, February 12, 2020. 

Northeastern State Primaries (in Chronological Order by Primary Election Date)
State Primary Election Date
New Hampshire Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Maine Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Massachusetts Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Vermont Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Connecticut Tuesday, April 28, 2020  Postponed until Tuesday, June 2nd. Executive Order. 
New York Tuesday, April 28, 2020  Postponed until Tuesday, June 23rd. Executive Order. 
Pennsylvania Tuesday, April 28, 2020 Postponed until Tuesday, June 2nd. PA SB 422.
Rhode Island Tuesday, April 28, 2020 Postponed until Tuesday, June 2nd. Executive Order.
New Jersey Tuesday, June 2, 2020 Postponed until TuesdayJuly 7th. Executive Order. 
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many state primaries have been impacted. Check your state's election website for more information.

2020 General Election Debates

2020 Debate Schedule

Presidential Debate #1

Tuesday, September 29th

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Vice Presidential Debate

Wednesday, October 7th

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Presidential Debate #2

Thursday, October 15th

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, Miami, FL*

Presidential Debate #3

Thursday, October 22nd

Belmont University, Nashville, TN

*Originally had been scheduled to be held at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Further details can be found on the Commission on Presidential Debates website.

2020 Congressional Elections

U.S. Senate

About 1/3 of the 100 Senate seats will be up for election in 2020.

U.S. House of Representatives

All 435 seats in the House of Representatives will be up for election in 2020.

2020 State and Local Elections

Across the United States, elections at the state and local level will be taking place in 2020. In addition to elected positions, ballot questions and more will also be voted on. To find out information for your state and local elections, consult your state's Secretary of State website or local election office:

2020 Election Coverage

Check out some of the following sources for 2020 election coverage. This list is not meant to be comprehensive, but rather a starting point.

Note: Keep in mind some sources may have a bias (liberal, conservative, etc.). 

Prefer to browse multiple news sources at once including sources listed above? A news aggregator like Google News can compile a list of articles all in one place.