Congressional Primaries and Filing Deadlines, 2006 Schedule

This report provides the dates of congressional filing deadlines and primary and runoff primary dates for 2006 for the states, the District of Columbia, and territories.

Order Code RS22320 November 8, 2005 CRS Report for Congress Received through the CRS Web Congressional Primaries and Filing Deadlines, 2006 Schedule Kevin Coleman Analyst in American National Government Government and Finance Division Summary This report provides the dates of congressional filing deadlines and primary and runoff primary dates for 2006 for the states, the District of Columbia, and territories. The dates are subject to change before the election cycle begins, pending state legislative action. This report will be updated as events warrant. Table 1. Congressional Primary Dates and Filing Deadlines, 2006 Filing Deadline Primary Runoff primarya Alabama April 7 June 6 June 27 Alaska June 1 August 22 NA NA Arizona June 14 September 12 Arkansas April 4 May 23 California March 10 June 6 Colorado May 25 August 8 May 2 -23 August 8 Delawarec July 28 September 12 District of Columbia July 5 September 12 Florida May 12 September 5d Georgia April 28 July 18 State American Samoa Connecticutb June 13 August 8 Congressional Research Service ˜ The Library of Congress CRS-2 State Filing Deadline Primary Guam NA September 2 Hawaii July 25 September 23 Idaho March 17 May 23 Illinois December 19, 2005 March 21 Indiana February 17 May 2 March 17 June 6 June 12 August 1 Kentucky January 31 May 16 Louisiana August 11 November 7 Maine March 15 June 13 Maryland July 3 September 12 Massachusetts June 6 September 19 Michigan May 16 August 8 Minnesota July 18 September 12 Mississippi March 1 June 6 Missouri March 28 August 8 Montana March 23 June 6 Nebraska February 15 (incumbents) May 9 Iowa Kansas Runoff primarya December 9 June 27 March 1 (non-incumbents) Nevada May 12 August 15 New Hampshire June 16 September 12 New Jersey April 10 June 6 New Mexico February 14 June 6 July 13 September 12 North Carolina February 28 May 2 North Dakota April 17 June 13 February 16 May 2 June 7 July 25 New York Ohio Oklahoma May 30 August 22 CRS-3 State Filing Deadline Primary Oregon March 7 May 16 Pennsylvania March 7 May 16 Puerto Rico Rhode Island Runoff primarya no election in 2006 June 28 September 12 South Carolina March 30 June 13 June 27 South Dakota April 4 June 6 June 20 Tennessee April 6 August 3 Texas January 2 March 7 Utah March 17 June 27 Vermont July 17 September 12 Virginia April 14 June 13 NA September 9 July 28 September 19 January 28 May 9 Wisconsin July 11 September 12 Wyoming June 2 August 22 Virgin Islands Washington West Virginia April 11 Source: Elections divisions in the states, the District of Columbia, and the territories. NA — not available. a. In Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas, a runoff primary is held if no candidate receives at least 50% of the vote in the initial primary election. In South Dakota, a runoff primary is held if no candidate receives at least 35% of the vote. In Louisiana, a candidate who receives 50% or more of the vote in the primary is elected to the office. If no candidate receives 50% of the vote in the primary, a runoff election is held. All Louisiana candidates, regardless of party affiliation, compete against each other in the primary election, and the two highest vote-getters compete in the runoff, even if they belong to the same political party. b. Political party endorsing conventions may be held between May 2 and 23; a candidate subsequently files for the primary within 14 days after the convention. c. The Delaware legislature is to consider changes to the election calendar when it convenes in January 2006. d. A law was enacted in 2005 that will eliminate Florida's runoff primary, effective January 1, 2006. The run-off would have been held on October 3.