(Revised to reflect new primary dates for NY)
In November 2018, Americans will go to the polls to vote for thousands of elected positions. Which positions? Every seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, 33 U.S. Senators, 36 Governors, thousands of state legislators, hundreds of state-level executive offices (think Attorney General, Secretary of State, etc.), and countless local offices.
But before then, each state will have its own primary election to narrow down the field of candidates and determine who will appear on the November ballots.
Generally speaking, you need to be registered one month prior to your election date. You can check the status of your voter registration here: https://iwillvote.com/
Primary dates for 2018 are:
Wisconsin 4/3 Supreme Court election only
North Carolina 5/8
West Virginia 5/8
New Jersey 6/5
New Mexico 6/5
South Dakota 6/5
North Dakota 6/12
South Carolina 6/12
New York 6/26 Congressional elections only
Hawaii 8/11 (Sat)
New Hampshire 9/11
Rhode Island 9/12 (Wed)
New York 9/13 (Th) State legislative and local elections only
Louisiana holds their primaries on 11/6 when the rest of the country has the general election. If there is a runoff, that election will be scheduled for December.
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