Key Election Dates

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The table below contains important dates for the 2020 election season.

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Date Deadline or event
Jan. 6 Terms begin for officials elected at Nov. 5 general election.
Jan. 17  Absentee voting begins for Mar. 3 presidential primary
Jan. 28 2019 Year-end campaign financial report due for city of Saint Paul and Saint Paul Public Schools (S.D. 625) candidates (12 p.m.)
Jan. 31 2019 Year-end campaign financial reports due for suburban cities and school districts (4:30 p.m.)
Feb. 25 Early voting begins for Mar. 3 presidential primary
Feb. 25 Party caucuses (contact parties for more information)
Feb. 29 Extended hours for absentee voting: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Mar. 2 Extended hours for absentee voting: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Mar. 3 Presidential nomination primary - polls open 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
May 19 First day to file affidavits of candidacy for state, judicial, and county offices and cities with a primary
Jun. 2 Last day to file affidavits of candidacy for state, judicial, and county offices and cities with a primary (5 p.m.)
Jun. 4 Last day to file affidavits of withdrawal for state, judicial, and county offices and cities with a primary (5 p.m.)
Jun. 26 Begin absentee voting for state, judicial, and county offices and cities with a primary
Jul. 21 End of pre-registration for state, judicial, and county offices and cities with a primary (5 p.m. in person, midnight online)
Jul. 28 First day to file affidavits of candidacy for state, judicial, and county offices and cities with a primary
Jul. 31 Pre-primary campaign financial reports due for state, judicial, and county offices and cities with a primary (4:30 p.m.)
Aug. 8 Extended hours for absentee voting: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Aug. 10 Extended hours for absentee voting: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Aug. 11 Primary for federal, state, judicial, and county offices and cities with a primary – polls open 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Aug. 11 Last day to file affidavits of candidacy for state, judicial, and county offices and cities with a primary (5 p.m.)
Aug. 13 Last day to file affidavits of withdrawal for state, judicial, and county offices and cities with a primary (5 p.m.)
Sep. 18 Begin absentee voting for general election
Oct. 13 End of pre-registration for general election (5 p.m. in person, midnight online)
Oct. 23 Pre-general election campaign financial reports due (4:30 p.m.) for state, judicial, and county offices and cities with a primary
Oct. 31

Extended hours for absentee voting for general election: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Nov. 2

Extended hours for absentee voting for general election: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Nov. 3 General election – polls open 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Nov. 10 Certification of filing for campaign financial reports due
Dec. 3 Post-general election campaign financial reports due
Jan. 4, 2021 Terms begin for officials elected at Nov. 3, 2020 general election.