About Elections

Types of Elections

There are two types of elections: nonpartisan and partisan. Nonpartisan elections are for officials that include judges, supreme court justices, county board members and county executives, municipal officials and public education officials.

Partisan elections are for officials that include all other county administrative officials, members of the state legislature, state constitutional officers (except for the state superintendent), members of the U.S. Congress, and president.

Primary Elections

One of the purposes for primary elections is to reduce the number of candidates for the general election. Partisan primary elections are held to select a political party's nominees for offices elected at the general election. Nonpartisan primary elections are held to reduce to two the number of candidates for an office. The nonpartisan spring primary is held on the third Tuesday in February. (In presidential election years, the presidential preference primary vote is held in conjunction with the spring primary in February.) The partisan September primary is held the second Tuesday in September.

General Elections

General Elections are held in even numbered years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. In general elections you can vote for your:

Spring Elections

Spring elections are held on the first Tuesday in April to elect judges and local municipal, county and education officials. The presidential primary is also held in conjunction with the spring election every four years.

Special Elections

Special elections are held to fill vacancies or for other designated purposes.

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