The 2020 Presidential Primary Calendar

Latest update: 3/12/19: Washington Democratic caucuses option added to the calendar.

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Reading the Map:
As was the case with the maps from past cycles, the earlier a contest is scheduled in 2016, the darker the color in which the state is shaded. Texas, for instance, is a deeper shade of blue in March than California is in June. There are, however, some differences between the earlier maps and the one that appears above.
  1. A number of caucus states have yet to select a date for the first step of their delegate selection processes in 2020. Until a decision is made by state parties in those states, they will appear in gray on the map.
  2. The states where legislation to move the presidential primary is active are two-toned with right-leaning diagonal stripes. One color indicates the timing of the primary according to the current law whereas the second color is meant to highlight the month to which the primary could be moved. 
  3. Other states -- the carve-out states and states with state laws providing guidance for setting a primary or caucuses date but no specific date or multiple specified dates -- are also two-toned with left-leaning diagonal stripes. In this case, one color (gray) represents the uncertainty of the primary or caucuses date now while the other color (or colors) highlight the options available to states or the most likely date for a contest in that state given the information we currently have. So, in New Hampshire, for instance, we know that the secretary of state in the Granite state will want to protect the first in the nation status enjoyed in the past. To maintain that position alone, New Hampshire could now conduct its precinct caucuses as late as some time in early February 2020.  
  4. States that are bisected vertically are states where the state parties have different dates for their caucuses and/or primaries. The left section is shaded to reflect the state Democratic Party's scheduling while the right is for the state Republican Party's decision on the timing of its delegate selection event (see Nebraska). This holds true for states -- typically caucus states -- with a history of different dates across parties but which also have not yet chosen a contest date.
Reading the calendar:
  1. Note that if you click on the state name in the calendar below, the link will take you to the relevant section of the state's law or party's bylaws covering the date of the primary or caucus.
  2. Links to discussions of 2016-2018 state-level legislation addressing the dates of future presidential primaries have also been added below the state name in the calendar.
  3. Markers have also been added indicating whether legislation has become law or has died at some point in the legislative process. 
  4. The bracketed numbers [+x or -y] refer the number of days the primary or caucuses have moved relative to where the previous statute scheduled the contest or, where noted, how far a state contest has moved relative to its position on the calendar in 2016.
  5. Permanently underlined states indicate states with tentative calendar dates. These are primarily carve-out states in February, but include a handful of other states where current state law sets a particular date or date selection protocol that may change.

2020 Presidential Primary Calendar

Monday, February 3:
Iowa caucuses

Tuesday, February 4:
New York 
[Note on New York position below calendar]

Tuesday, February 11:
New Hampshire

Saturday, February 22:
Nevada Democratic caucuses

Saturday, February 29:
South Carolina primary (Democrats only)

Tuesday, March 3:
    [2017 California legislation: first Tuesday in March primary -- signed into law September 27, 2017]
Democrats Abroad (voting through March 10, 2020)
    [2019 DPCA draft delegate selection plan sets timing of preference vote -- March 8, 2019]
    [+/-0 -- no movement]
    [2017 Massachusetts legislation: first Tuesday after the first Monday in June (consolidated) primary]
Minnesota -- [State parties agree to an alternate primary date or it is set for the first Tuesday in 
    [2016 Minnesota legislation: caucus to primary shift -- signed into law May 22, 2016]
    [2019 date confirmation: Super Tuesday date finalized]
    [+/- 0 -- no movement]
North Carolina
    [2017 North Carolina legislationfirst Tuesday after the first Monday in March primary] -- signed into law June 22, 2018]
    [+12 or -7]
[Note on North Carolina position: Primary scheduled by former law for the Tuesday after the first South Carolina primary if the latter is before March 15. The 2015 law specifying a March 15 primary date for 2016 expired at the conclusion of the 2016 cycle, reverting to the above position.]

    [2017 Texas legislation: fourth Tuesday in January primary -- died at close of legislative session May 3, 2017]
    [2019 Texas legislation: fourth Tuesday in January primary]

Saturday, March 7:

Sunday, March 8:
Puerto Rico (Republicans)

Tuesday, March 10:
Hawaii Republican caucuses
    [2018 Hawaii legislation: establish a second Saturday in May primary, create study 
    committee to examine adding a presidential primary -- died in committee May 3, 2018]
    [2018 Idaho Democratic State Central Committee vote: opt into state-funded primary -- June 30, 2018]
Tuesday, March 17:
    [2017 Illinois legislation: fourth Tuesday in June primary]

Saturday, March 21:
Washington Democratic caucuses
    [2019 Washington State Democratic Party draft delegate selection (caucus version) sets date for would-be caucuses.]

Other states in March (but with no specified date):
Colorado -- [Governor selects date. Can choose a Tuesday between the earliest allowed date --
    March, 3, 2020 -- and the third Tuesday in March -- March 17, 2020.]

Tuesday, April 7:
    [2018 Wisconsin legislation: move primary from first Tuesday in April to the second Tuesday in March -- died in committee December 4, 2018]

Tuesday, April 28:

Tuesday, May 5:

Tuesday, May 12:
Nebraska (Republicans)
    [2016 Nebraska legislation: first Tuesday after first Monday in March primary -- died in committee April 20, 2016]
    [2018 Nebraska legislation: second Tuesday in March presidential primary -- died in committee April 18, 2018]
    [2018 Nebraska Democratic State Central Committee vote: opt into state-funded primary -- December 8, 2018]

    [2017 West Virginia legislation: second Tuesday in February primary]

Tuesday, May 19:
Arkansas [March primary expired]
    [2017 Arkansas legislation: second Tuesday in March primary --
    House version died in Senate committee May 1, 2017;
    Senate version voted down January 30, 2017 and died upon adjournment May 1, 2017]
    [2019 Arkansas legislation: second Tuesday in February primary; revised Super Tuesday primary bill]

Tuesday, May 26:
Washington (Republicans)
    [2017 Washington legislation: second Tuesday in March primary -- died upon adjournment]
    [2019 Washington legislation: second Tuesday in March primary]

Tuesday, June 2:
South Dakota

Sunday, June 7:
Puerto Rico (Democratic)

Tuesday, June 16:
Washington, DC (Democrats)
    [2017 District legislation: third Tuesday in June primary -- law effective August 19, 2017]

States with no 2020 date 
(with 2016 date):

Alaska Democratic caucuses -- March 26, 2016
Alaska Republican caucuses -- March 1, 2016

American Samoa Democratic caucuses -- March 1, 2016
American Samoa Republican convention -- March 22, 2016

Colorado caucuses (both parties) [state party can opt for first Tuesday in February date] -- March 1, 2016
    [2016 Colorado legislation: caucus to primary shift -- died in committee May 10, 2016]

Georgia -- March 1, 2016 [Secretary of state sets primary for any date before the second Tuesday in June]

Guam Democratic caucuses -- May 7, 2016
Guam Republican convention -- March 12, 2016

Hawaii Democratic caucuses -- March 26, 2016
    [2018 Hawaii legislation: establish a second Saturday in May primarycreate study 
    committee to examine adding a presidential primary]

Idaho Democratic caucuses -- March 22, 2016
    [2018 Idaho Democratic State Central Committee vote: opt into state-funded primary -- June 30, 2018]

Iowa caucuses (both parties) -- February 1, 2016

Kansas Democratic caucuses -- March 5, 2016
Kansas Republican caucuses -- March 5, 2016

Maine -- Democratic caucuses -- March 6, 2016, Republican caucuses -- March 5, 2016
[Secretary of state selects a Tuesday in March for likely primary]
    [2016 Maine legislation: caucus to primary shift -- signed into law April 15, 2016 but expired on December 1, 2018]
    [2019 Maine legislation: permanent caucus to primary shift]

Minnesota -- both parties caucuses -- March 1, 2016
[State parties agree to a primary date or it is set for the first Tuesday in March]
    [2016 Minnesota legislation: caucus to primary shift -- signed into law May 22, 2016]

Nebraska Democratic caucuses -- March 5, 2016

Nevada Democratic caucuses -- February 20, 2016
Nevada Republican caucuses -- February 23, 2016

New Hampshire -- February 9, 2016

New York -- April 19, 2016

North Dakota Democratic caucuses -- June 7, 2016
North Dakota Republican caucuses (by state party bylaw, must be completed by March 1)

Northern Mariana Islands Democratic caucuses -- March 12, 2016
Northern Mariana Islands Republican caucuses -- March 15, 2016

South Carolina Republican primary -- February 20, 2016
South Carolina Democratic primary -- February 27, 2016

Utah caucuses (both parties) -- March 22, 2016
[NOTE: If funded, Utah can hold a primary on either the first Tuesday of February or in conjunction with the regular primary on the fourth Tuesday in June if the February primary option is not funded.]

Utah presidential primary (both parties) -- not funded in 2016 (thus no date)
    [2017 Utah legislationfunding a presidential primary -- signed into law March 22, 2017]
    [2019 Utah legislation: Super Tuesday primary]

Virgin Islands Democratic caucuses -- June 4, 2016
Virgin Islands Republican caucuses -- March 10, 2016

Washington, DC Republican convention -- March 12, 2016

Wyoming Democratic caucuses -- April 9, 2016
Wyoming Republican caucuses -- March 1, 2016

Update Chronology:
3/12/19: Washington Democratic caucuses option added to the calendar.
3/8/19: Democrats Abroad preference vote dates added to the calendar.
2/22/19: Minnesota firms up Super Tuesday calendar position.
12/8/18: Nebraska Democrats choose to shift from a caucus to presidential primary.
8/25/18: DNC passes new rules including guidelines on the timing of pre-window states: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina.
7/1/18: Idaho Democrats vote to opt into state-funded primary
6/22/18: North Carolina eliminates South Carolina tether and schedules primary for Super Tuesday
5/9/18: Carve-out states -- Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina -- given tentative dates upon adoption of draft 2020 delegate selection rules by Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws Committee [Later tweaked to fix New Hampshire issue]
9/27/17: California primary shifts to Super Tuesday
8/19/17: Washington, DC primary pushed back a week to the third Tuesday in June.

3/22/17: Utah established funding for a presidential primary option (one with no established date)
5/31/16: 2020 primary calendar first posted.

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