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2002 U.S. congressional primary election dates and candidate filing deadlines for ballot access

(Data as of 7/30/02)

Note: Dates subject to change / S Indicates U.S. Senate election

General election date: 11/5/02

STATE  

PRIMARY DATE

RUNOFF DATE

FILING DEADLINE FOR PRIMARY BALLOT ACCESS

INDEPENDENT FILING1 DEADLINE FOR GENERAL ELECTION

ALABAMA

S

6/4

6/25

4/5

7/1

ALASKA

S

8/27

 

6/1

6/1

AMERICAN SAMOA  

11/5

11/19

9/1

9/1

ARIZONA  

9/10

 

6/12

6/12

ARKANSAS

S

5/21

6/11

4/2

5/1

CALIFORNIA  

3/5

 

12/7/01

8/9 Independent

COLORADO

S

8/13

 

6/4

7/8 3pm

CONNECTICUT  

9/10 2

 

n/a

8/7

DELAWARE

S

9/7

 

7/26 Noon

9/3 4:30pm

D.C.  

9/10

 

7/3

8/28

FLORIDA  

9/10

 

7/19

6/24

GEORGIA

S

8/20

9/10

6/21 Noon

8/5 Noon

GUAM  

9/7

 

7/9

7/9

HAWAII  

9/21

 

7/23

7/23

IDAHO

S

5/28

 

4/5

4/15

ILLINOIS

S

3/19

 

12/17/01

12/17/01 Independent
6/24/02 Third

INDIANA  

5/7 3

 

2/22 Noon

7/1 Noon

IOWA

S

6/4 4

 

3/15

8/16

KANSAS

S

8/6 5

 

6/10 Noon U.S. Senate
7/9 5pm U.S. House

8/5 Noon Independent

KENTUCKY

S

5/28

 

1/29 U.S. Senate
2/1 4pm U.S. House

8/13

LOUISIANA

S

n/a 6

 

8/23 6

8/23

MAINE

S

6/11

 

3/15

6/3

MARYLAND  

9/10

 

7/1

8/5

MASSACHUSETTS

S

9/17

 

5/7 5pm
6/11 U.S. House

7/30 5pm

MICHIGAN

S

8/6 7

 

5/14 4pm

7/18 4pm Independent

MINNESOTA

S

9/10

 

7/16

7/16

MISSISSIPPI

S

6/4

6/25

3/1

3/1

MISSOURI

S

8/6

 

3/26

7/29

MONTANA

S

6/4

 

3/21

5/24

NEBRASKA

S

5/14

 

2/15 Incumbents
3/1 All Others

9/1 Independent

NEVADA  

9/3  8

 

5/20

4/15

NEW HAMPSHIRE

S

9/10

 

6/14

6/14

NEW JERSEY

S

6/4

 

4/8

6/4

NEW MEXICO

S

6/4

 

2/12

7/9

NEW YORK  

9/10

 

7/11

7/11 Third/Minor
8/20 Independent

NORTH CAROLINA

S

9/10

 

3/1 Noon

6/28 Noon Independent

NORTH DAKOTA  

6/11

 

4/12 4pm

9/6 4pm Independent

OHIO  

5/7

 

2/21

5/6 Independent

OKLAHOMA

S

8/27

9/17

7/10

7/10 Independent

OREGON

S

5/21

 

3/12

8/27

PENNSYLVANIA  

5/21

 

3/12

8/1

PUERTO RICO  

n/a 9

n/a

n/a

n/a

RHODE ISLAND

S

9/10

 

6/26

6/26 Independent

SOUTH CAROLINA

S

6/11 10

6/25

3/30 Noon

7/15 Noon

SOUTH DAKOTA

S

6/4

6/18

4/2

6/18 Independent

TENNESSEE S

8/1

 

4/4 Noon

4/4 Noon Independent

TEXAS

S

3/12 11

4/9

1/2

5/9 Independent
5/28 Minor

UTAH  

6/25 12

 

3/18

3/18

VERMONT  

9/10

 

7/15

9/19

VIRGINIA

S

6/11 13

 

4/12 5pm

6/11 7pm

VIRGIN ISLANDS  

9/14

 

8/13

8/13

WASHINGTON  

9/17

 

7/26

7/12

WEST VIRGINIA

S

5/14 14

 

1/26

5/13

WISCONSIN  

9/10

 

7/9

7/9

WYOMING

S

8/20

 

5/31

8/19 Third/Minor
8/26 Independent

NOTES 

1. The column Independent Filing Deadline shows the date for the filing of petitions by independent and/or third and minor party candidates. This is a general reference date for use by the public and voters. Candidates and others seeking specific information should contact the states for other deadlines that may need to be met. For example, the petitions may have to be checked by officials prior to this date. A declaration of candidacy may be due before the petitions are due. New parties may have different deadlines. 

 2. In Connecticut, nominating conventions are held by the Democratic and Republican parties prior to the primary. Democratic conventions:7/20/02. Republican conventions: 7/20/02. 

 3. In Indiana, the Libertarian party nominating convention date is 4/28/02. 

 4. In Iowa’s Fifth Congressional District, a runoff convention was held by the Republican party on 6/29/02. 

 5. In Kansas, nominating conventions are held by the Libertarian and Reform parties. The Libertarian party convention date is 4/27/02, and the Reform party convention date is 5/11/02. 

 6. In Louisiana, a primary election is not held for federal offices. The election for candidates seeking federal office is the General Election scheduled for 11/5/02. If necessary, a Runoff Election will be held on 12/7/02. The filing deadline for candidates seeking General Election ballot access is 8/23/02.

 7. In Michigan, nominating conventions are held by the Green and Reform parties. The Green Party convention date is 8/3/02, and the Reform Party convention date is 5/11/02. 

 8. In Nevada, nominating conventions are held by the Green, Independent American, Libertarian and Natural Law parties. The Libertarian convention date is 3/30/02, the Green convention date is 4/28/02, and the Independent American party convention date is 4/20/02. 

 9. In Puerto Rico, the general election for Resident Commissioner to the U.S. House of Representatives is held every four years, coinciding with the U.S. Presidential election. 

 10. In South Carolina, nominating conventions are held by the Constitution, Libertarian, Natural Law, Reform and United Citizens parties. Constitution and Libertarian conventions: 4/27/02. 

 11. In Texas, nominating conventions are held by the Green and Libertarian parties. The convention dates are: 6/8/02 for U.S. Senate, 3/16/02 for single and partial county Congressional Districts, and 3/23/02 for multi-county Congressional Districts. 

 12. In Utah, nominating conventions are held by the Democratic, Republican, Green, Libertarian and Natural Law parties prior to the primary. Libertarian convention: 5/4/02. Democratic and Republican conventions: 5/11/02. Green convention: 5/18/02. 

 13. In Virginia, parties may choose to nominate candidates by convention rather than by primary. Democrats: Conventions are scheduled for 5/11/02 in Congressional District 11; 5/18/02 in Congressional Districts 2, 5, 7 and 8; and, 6/8/02 in Districts 1 and 9. Congressional Districts 3 and 4 will nominate by primary election. Republicans: Conventions are scheduled for 5/11/02 in Congressional Districts 3 and 8. The convention date for District 9 is 6/1/02. Republican nominations for U.S. Senate and Congressional Districts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 and 11 will be made by primary election.

State survey conducted by:
Eileen Canavan
Public Disclosure Division
Federal Election Commission
800/424-9530 (press 3) or 202/694-1120