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2018 Elections Calendar

Important dates for the 2018 elections

Deadlines for elections

Date & Time        Place        Description
Monday, February 19, 2018
 
  BOE Certify validity of partisan candidates & local option petitions. Boards of elections must certify the validity and sufficiency of partisan candidates' and local option petitions (78 days before primary election)
Friday, February 23, 2018
4:00 p.m.
  Protests. Protests against partisan candidates' petitions and local option petitions must be filed by 4 p.m. (74 days before primary election)
Monday, February 26, 2018
4:00 p.m.
  Write in candidates. Write-in candidates for May 8 primary election must file declarations of intent by 4 p.m.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
 
  Official Ballots. Form of official ballots for May 8 primary election must be certified by Secretary of State to boards of elections (70 days before primary election) Board of elections of most populous county in a multi-county subdivision must certify names of all candidates to other boards of elections (70 days before primary election)
Friday, March 2, 2018
4:00 p.m.
  Protests against write in candidates. Protests against write-in candidates must be filed by 4 p.m.
Friday, March 9, 2018
 
  Education. Boards of elections must schedule a program for instruction of precinct election officials
Saturday, March 24, 2018
 
  Absentee Ballots. UOCAVA absentee ballots for May 8 primary election must be ready
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
 
  Advertise Voter Registration Information. Boards of elections must advertise in newspaper(s) the places, dates, times, qualifications, and methods for voter registration
Monday, April 9, 2018
 
  Deadline for Voter Registration. Deadline for voter registration for May 8 primary election
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
 
  Absentee Ballots must be ready. Non-UOCAVA absentee ballots for May 8 primary election must be ready
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
 
  Corrections/Challenges & Election Observers. Deadline to file corrections and challenges to precinct registration lists

Committees advocating or opposing issues on May 8 primary election ballot must file by 4 p.m. to be recognized as a committee to appoint observers

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
 
  Precinct Voter Registration Lists. Boards of elections must prepare precinct voter registration lists
Friday, April 27, 2018
 
  Observer Appointments. Deadline for political parties, groups of candidates and issue committees to file notice of observer appointments
Saturday, April 28, 2018
 
  Public Notice of Election. Boards of elections must give public notice of election
Sunday, April 29, 2018
 
  August 7 Special Election. Boards of elections must prepare and publish notices of the Aug. 7 special election and provide the notices to federal write-in absentee voters upon request
Monday, April 30, 2018
 
  Fill Vacancy on ballot. Certificate to fill a vacancy on ballot caused by the death of candidate whose name is on May 8 primary election ballot in more than one county must be filed by 4 p.m.
Thursday, May 3, 2018
 
  Certificate to fill vacancy. Certificate to fill a vacancy on ballot caused by the death of candidate whose name is on the May 8 primary election ballot in only one county must be filed by 4 p.m.
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Noon
  Applications for Absentee Ballots. Applications for absentee ballots to be mailed for May 8 primary election must be received by boards of elections by noon
Monday, May 7, 2018
 
  Independent candidates. Nominating petitions of independent candidates for offices for which a primary election may be held must be filed by 4 p.m.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
 
  Primary Election Day. Primary Election Day. Polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

If voter, or voter's minor child, is hospitalized because of accident or medical emergency, voter may apply for an absentee ballot until 3 p.m.

Absentee ballots, returned in person or via a method other than U.S. Mail, must be received by the boards of elections by close of polls

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
 
  Issues for August 7 Special Election. Local questions and issues for Aug. 7 special election must be certified to or filed with boards of elections by 4 p.m.
Friday, May 18, 2018
 
  Absentee Ballots. Absentee ballots returned by U.S. Mail must be postmarked no later than May 7 and received by boards of elections by this date to be counted

UOCAVA absentee ballots must be received by boards of elections by this date to be counted

Saturday, May 19, 2018
 
  Official Canvass. Boards of elections may begin official canvass of May 8 primary election ballots
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
 
  Official Canvass. Boards of elections must begin official canvass of May 8 primary election ballots no later than this date
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
 
  Official Canvass must be complete. Boards of elections must complete canvass of May 8 primary election ballots no later than this date