State election and voting changes/updates

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As COVID-19 spreads throughout the country, large gatherings and group activities have increasingly been altered, postponed or cancelled altogether. The voting process is no different. After several states delayed primaries, there has been continued preparation for the possibility that the 2020 presidential election season will look vastly different than normal. The Dentons team, along with our Dentons 50 partners, will continue to track elections developments throughout the year. As a primer, below is state by state overview of the next planned election, mail-in voting status and COVID-19 specific updates. Please contact us with any questions.

STATE UPCOMING ELECTIONS AS = As Scheduled PP = Previously Postponed MAIL VOTING STATUS Specific Exception = 1 Time Change No Special Exceptions Yet = Absentee Requirements not Relaxed COVID-19 UPDATES Link to Release/Order Dictating
Election Changes
Alabama July 14, 2020 (PP: Primary Runoff) Absentee/Mail Voting Permitted (Specific Exception) SOS Merrill Press Release
Alaska August 18, 2020 (AS: Primary Election) No Excuse Absentee/Mail Voting DOE Press Release
Arizona August 4, 2020 (AS: Primary Election) No Excuse Absentee/Mail Voting SOS Hobbs Press Release
Arkansas March 31, 2020 (AS: Primary Runoff) Limited (2x year) Absentee (No Special Exceptions Yet) SOS Thurston Press Release
California May 12, 2020 (AS: CD 25 Special General; State SD 28 Special General) No Excuse Absentee/Mail Voting SOS Padilla Press Release
Colorado June 30, 2020 (AS: Primary Election) All Mail Voting SOS Griswald Info Center
Connecticut June 2, 2020 (PP: Pres. Pref. Primary) August 11, 2020 (AS: Primary Election) Prerequisite Absentee
(No Special Exceptions Yet)
SOS Merrill Press Release
Delaware June 2, 2020 (PP: Pres. Pref. Primary) September 15, 2020 (AS: Primary Election) Absentee/Mail Voting Permitted (Specific Exception) SEC Albence Press Release
Florida August 18, 2020 (AS: Primary Election) No Excuse Absentee/Mail Voting SOS Lee Press Releases
Georgia May 19, 2020 (PP: Pres. Pref. Primary; AS: Primary Election) July 21, 2020 (AS: Primary RunoffElection) No Excuse Absentee/Mail Voting SOS Raffensperger Press Release
Hawaii August 8, 2020 (AS: Primary Election) All Mail Voting SOE News Releases
Idaho May 19, 2020 (AS: Primary
Election)
No Excuse Absentee/Mail Voting SOS Denny Press Release
Illinois November General Election No Excuse Absentee/Mail Voting SBE Press Release
Indiana June 2, 2020 (PP: Primary Election) Absentee/Mail Voting Permitted (Specific Exception) SOS Lawson Press Release
Iowa June 2, 2020 (AS: Primary Election) No Excuse Absentee/Mail Voting SOS Pate Press Release
Kansas August 4, 2020 (AS: Primary Election) No Excuse Absentee/Mail Voting SOS Schwab Press Release
Kentucky June 23, 2020 (PP: Primary Election) Prerequisite Absentee
(No Special Exceptions Yet)
SOS Adams Press Release
Louisiana June 20, 2020 (PP: Pres. Pref. Primary) July 25, 2020 (PP: Municipal Primary Election) Prerequisite Absentee
(No Special Exceptions Yet)
SOS Ardoin Press Release
Maine June 9, 2020 (AS: Primary Election) No Excuse Absentee/Mail Voting SOS Dunlap News Center
Maryland April 28, 2020 (AS: CD7 Special General) June 2, 2020 (PP: Pres. Pref.; AS: Primary Election) 4/28: All Mail Voting (Specific Exception) 6/2: No Excuse Absentee/Mail Voting BOE Chair Cogan Statement
Massachusetts May 19, 2020 (PP: Senate Specials) June 2, 2020 (PP: House Specials) September 1, 2020 (AS: Primary Election) 5/19 & 6/30: Absentee/Mail Voting Permitted (Specific Exception) 9/1: Prerequisite Absentee (No Special Exceptions Yet) SOC Galvin Press Release
Michigan May 5, 2020 (AS: Municipal Election) August 4, 2020 (AS: Primary Election) No Excuse Absentee/Mail Voting (All Mail Pending) SOS Benson Press Release
Minnesota August 11, 2020 (AS: Primary Election) No Excuse Absentee/Mail Voting (Changes Pending) SOS Simon Press Release
Mississippi April 21, 2020 (AS: State HD 88 Special Election) June 23, 2020 (PP: Primary Runoff Election) Prerequisite Absentee
(No Special Exceptions Yet)
SOS Watson Press Release
Missouri June 2, 2020 (PP: Municipal Election) August 4, 2020 (AS: Primary Election) Prerequisite Absentee
(No Special Exceptions Yet)
SOS Ashcroft Press Release
Montana June 2, 2020 (AS: Primary Election) No Excuse Absentee/Mail Voting SOS Stapleton Update Election Calendar
Nebraska May 12, 2020 (AS: Primary
Election)
No Excuse Absentee/Mail Voting SOS Evnan Press Release
Nevada June 9, 2020 (AS: Primary Election) All Mail Voting (Specific Exception) SOS Cegavske Press Release
New Hampshire September 8, 2020 (AS: Primary Election) Prerequisite Absentee
(No Special Exceptions Yet)
SOS Gardner Press Releases
New Jersey May 12, 2020 (PP: Municipal & Special Elections) June 2, 2020 (AS: Primary Election) 5/12: All Mail Voting (Specific Exception) 6/2: No Excuse Absentee/Mail Voting Gov. Murphy Press Release
New Mexico June 2, 2020 (AS: Primary Election) No Excuse Absentee/Mail Voting SOS Oliver Press Release
New York June 23, 2020 (PP: Pres. Pref. Primary; AS: Primary Election) Prerequisite Absentee
(No Special Exceptions Yet)
BOE Website
North Carolina June 23, 2020 (PP: CD11 Primary) No Excuse Absentee/Mail Voting BOE ED Bell Recommendations
North Dakota June 9, 2020 (AS: Primary Election) No Excuse Absentee/Mail Voting SOS Jaegar Vote Portal
Ohio April 27, 2020 (PP: Pres. Pref. & Primary Election) All Mail Voting (Specific Exception) SOS Larose Press Release
Oklahoma April 7, 2020 (PP: Local Elections) June 30, 2020: (AS: Primary Election) No Excuse Absentee/Mail Voting EBS Ziriax Press Release
Oregon May 19, 2020 (AS: Primary
Election)
All Mail Voting SOS Clarno Press Release
Pennsylvania April 28, 2020 (AS: Primary Election) No Excuse Absentee/Mail Voting SOS Boockvar Press Release
Rhode Island June 2, 2020 (PP: Pres. Pref. Primary) September 8, 2020 (AS: Primary Election) No Excuse Absentee/Mail Voting SOS Gorbea Press Release
South Carolina ? May 1, 2020 (PP: Municipal Elections) June 9, 2020 (AS: Primary Election) Prerequisite Absentee
(No Special Exceptions Yet)
SEC Press Releases
South Dakota June 2, 2020 (AS: Primary Election) No Excuse Absentee/Mail Voting SOS Barnett Press Release
Tennessee August 6, 2020 (AS: Primary Election) Prerequisite Absentee
(No Special Exceptions Yet)
SOS Hargett News
Texas July 14, 2020 (PP: Primary Runoff) Prerequisite Absentee
(No Special Exceptions Yet)
Gov. Abbot Declaration
Utah June 30, 2020 (AS: Primary Election) All Mail Voting (In Person Optional) Gov. Herbert Press Release
Vermont August 11, 2020 (AS: Primary Election) No Excuse Absentee/Mail Voting SOS Condos Press Release
Virginia May 5, 2020 (AS: Municipal Elections) June 9, 2020 (AS: Primary Election) 5/5: Absentee/Mail Voting Permitted (Specific Exception) 9/1: Prerequisite Absentee (No Special Exceptions Yet) DOE Release
Washington August 4, 2020 (Primary Election) All Mail Voting SOS Wyman Press Release
West Virginia April 28, 2020 (AS: Special
Election) – Change Pending
May 12, 2020 (AS: Primary
Election)
Absentee/Mail Voting Permitted (Specific Exception) SOS Warner Press Release
Wisconsin April 7, 2020 (AS: Spring Election) No Excuse Absentee/Mail Voting ECA Wolfe Press Release
Wyoming May 5, 2020 (AS: Municipal Elections) August 18, 2020 (AS: PrimaryElection) No Excuse Absentee/Mail Voting SOS Buchanan Media Releases