2020 US Election Blog Series: Edition 2

28 Feb 2020
2020 US Election Blog Series: Edition 2
The 2020 United States election process continues to build momentum in the lead up to voting day on 3 November 2020. 

Over the next three months, the process will focus on identifying the preferred political candidates for the presidential election.  This selection will take many forms, as outlined below:
 
Traditional primary – is a state-wide process of candidate selection, with voters casting secret ballots for their preferred candidates. Unlike a caucus, voters simply arrive at one of many polling booths, and vote in secret.

Caucus - process by which voters openly show support for candidates by raising hands or splitting into groups. In 2020, there will be six caucus states:  Iowa, Nevada, Kansas, North Dakota, Wyoming and Maine. If any candidate gets under 15% of the vote in any caucus, their supporters then get to pick a second choice from among the candidates who did get more than 15% or they can just choose to sit out the second vote.

Convention - a meeting of a political party wherein a candidate is selected by party members. They are held in the lead up to an election by most political parties who will be fielding nominees for the presidential election.

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During March 2020

3rd March – Super Tuesday

Super Tuesday is the day when the greatest number of states and territories hold a presidential preference primary or caucus. More than one third of the US population is expected to vote on this date, with the two most populous states in the country, California and Texas, included on Super Tuesday. 

On Super Tuesday 2020, Democratic primaries and caucuses will be held in 15 states and territories.

Caucuses will be held in American Samoa and Maine, while primary elections will be held in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia.

Republican Primaries will be held in 13 states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia.

10th March - Democratic Primaries & Caucuses, Republican Primaries and Caucuses

The Democratic Party will hold six primaries and caucuses on 10th March. Caucuses will be held in North Dakota and Washington, while primary elections will be held in Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi and Missouri.

The Republican Party will hold primaries in Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri and Washington. Hawaii has cancelled their planned caucus and will instead commit their national party convention delegates to the re-election of President Donald Trump.

14thMarch – Democratic Caucuses, Republican Caucuses and Conventions

The Democratic Party will hold a Caucus in Northern Mariana. While parties may hold primary elections and caucuses in territories such as Northern Mariana, territory residents are not entitled to electoral voting for President, due to the fact that territories are not part of any state, or a state itself.   Whilst territory residents cannot decide on the President through voting, participation in primary elections and caucuses allows them to be part of the process in selecting political party presidential candidates.

The Republican Party will hold a Caucus in Guam.  

17thMarch – Democratic Primaries, Republican Primaries

The Democratic Party will hold primaries in Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Ohio.

The Republican Party will hold primaries in Florida, Illinois and Ohio.

24thMarch – Democratic and Republican Primaries

The Democratic and Republic Parties will hold primaries in Georgia.

29thMarch – Democratic Primaries

The Democratic Party will hold a primary in Puerto Rico.
 

During April

4th April – Democratic Primaries and Caucuses, Republican Primaries

The Democratic Party will hold a caucus in Wyoming, and primaries in Alaska, Hawaii and Louisiana.
The Republican Party will hold a primary in Louisiana.

7th April – Democratic Primaries, Republican Primaries

The Democratic Party will hold primaries in Wisconsin.   Trump is running unopposed in Wisconsin for the Republican Party.

28thApril – Democratic Primaries, Republican Primaries

The Democratic and Republican Parties will both hold primaries in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
 

During May

2nd May – Democratic Primaries and Caucuses

The Democratic Party will hold a caucus in Guam and a primary in Kansas.

5th May – Democratic Primaries, Republican Primaries

7-9th May – Republican State Convention in Wyoming
The Democratic and Republican Parties will both hold primaries in Indiana.

12thMay – Democratic Primaries, Republican Primaries

The Democratic and Republican Parties will both hold primaries in Nebraska and West Virginia.

19th May – Democratic Primaries, Republican Primaries

The Democratic Party will hold primaries in Kentucky and Oregon.
The Republican Party will hold a primary in Oregon, and Kentucky.

21st – 25th – Libertarian Party National Convention

The Libertarian Party National Convention will be held in Austin, Texas, to directly select the party’s nominees for President and Vice President.  Registered Libertarian presidential candidates can be found here.

Be sure to visit our 2020 US Election  website for regular updates, as well as blogs and commentary from our sister centre, the United States Studies Centre.

Authors

Tammy Wayne-Elliot
Tammy Wayne-Elliot
Senior Media and PR Advisor
Tammy Wayne-Elliot is the Senior PR and Media Advisor for the Perth USAsia Centre. She is responsible for public relations, media liaison and marketing and oversees the Centre's external profile.
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