While it can feel like we've been talking about the 2020 election forever—we're actually quite far out from the big event. With the earliest debates behind us, we still have more debates, primaries, campaign promises, attack ads, and inevitable political blunders ahead of us. And because there’s so much to keep track of, we went ahead and created a little cheat sheet. Here are all of the essential dates between now and November 2020. (Now all that's left to do is show up and vote.)
When can I watch the primary debates?
There will be a total of 12 televised primary debates ahead of the election. The first—which was spread out over the course of two nights—took place in June, and as we move closer to 2020, we'll have more opportunities to watch the candidates duke it out for the nomination. Next up? On Tuesday, July 30, and Wednesday, July 31, the Democratic hopefuls will face off at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. While we already have dates for the third debate—Thursday, September 12, and Friday, September 13—the location has yet to be disclosed. The remaining nine debates will the occur monthly (October 2019, November 2019, December 2019, January 2020, and so on).
When can I go out and vote?
It depends on where you live. Iowa always goes first, which is why you'll see so many of the candidates spending time in the Hawkeye State. The Iowa caucus will take place on Monday, February 3, 2020. Then the primary elections will continue, state by state, until late June. You can search for your primary election date, below, but please note that in certain states the Republican and Democratic elections take place on different dates.
Iowa: February 3; New Hampshire: February 11; South Carolina (R): February 15; Nevada: February 25; South Carolina (D): February 29
Super Tuesday (March 3)
Alabama, Alaska (R), American Samoa (D), Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Democrats Abroad
Kansas (R): March 7; Kentucky (R): March 7; Louisiana: March 7; Maine (R): March 7; Maine (D): March 8; Puerto Rico (R): March 8; Hawaii (R): March 10; Idaho: March 10; Michigan: March 10; Mississippi: March 10; Missouri: March 10; North Dakota (D): March 10; Ohio: March 10; Washington: March 10; Virgin Islands (R): March 12; D.C. (R): March 14; Guam (R): March 14; Northern Marianas (D): March 14; Wyoming (R): March 14; Arizona: March 17; Florida: March 17; Illinois: March 17; Northern Marianas (R) March 17; American Samoa (R): March 24
Alaska (D): March 4; Hawaii (D): March 4; Wisconsin: March 7; New York (R): March 21; New York (D): March 28; Connecticut: March 28; Delaware: March 28; Maryland: March 28; Pennsylvania: March 28; Rhode Island: March 28
Kansas: May 2; Guam (D): May 2; Indiana: May 5; Nebraska: May 12; West Virginia: May 12; Kentucky (D): May 19; Oregon: May 19
Montana: June 2; New Jersey: June 2; New Mexico: June 2; South Dakota: June 2; Virgin Islands (D): June 6; Puerto Rico (D): June 7; D.C. (D): June 16
When are the conventions?
The Democratic National Convention will go first. It will be held in Milwaukee, from July 13 to July 16, 2020. It's the first time in more than a century that the DNC will take place in a Midwest city other than Chicago. Many have taken this as a sign that the Democrats are trying to focus on winning the votes of those in Wisconsin and other Midwestern industrial states in the next election.
The Republican National Convention will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina, from August 24 to August 27, 2020. This will make Charlotte one of the few cities to host both national conventions of both political parties within a span of less than 10 years.
When is it finally Election Day 2020?
Get ready, we've got a long way to go. The presidential election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Tired yet?
Samantha Leach is the assistant culture editor at Glamour. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @_sleach.
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