2008 Presidential Primary Info
For more information on how to register and vote, please visit www.canivote.org. (Updated: January 9, 2008)
NOTE: Some contests on this list are not binding; delegate selection may be carried out at separate party conventions/caucuses.
|Presidential Contest Date||Type of Contest||
Voter Registration Deadline
|Early Voting Info|| Delegate
|January 3||Iowa||Party Caucuses||May register at caucuses||N/A||Proportional||Contact Parties|
|January 5||Wyoming (R)||Party Caucuses/
|Contact Parties for Deadlines||N/A||Proportional||Contact Parties|
|January 8||New Hampshire||Semi-Open Primary||Election Day Registration||N/A||Proportional||Open 6 AM – 11 AM; Close 7 PM – 8 PM|
|January 15||Michigan||Open Primary||December 17||N/A||Proportional||7 AM – 8 PM|
|January 19||Nevada||Party Caucuses/
|DEM: May register at caucusGOP: 30 days before caucus||N/A||Proportional (D)
|January 19||South Carolina (R)||Open Primary||December 19||N/A||Winner-Take-All||7 AM – 7 PM|
|January 26||South Carolina (D)||Open Primary||December 26||N/A||Proportional||7 AM – 7 PM|
|January 29||Florida||Closed Primary||December 31||January 14 – 27||Proportional (D)Winner-Take-All (R)||7 AM – 7 PM|
|February 1||Maine (R)||Party Caucuses/
|By date of caucus||N/A||N/A: All Uncommitted||Contact Parties|
|February 5||Alabama||Open Primary||January 25||N/A||Proportional (D)
|7 AM – 7 PM|
|February 5||Alaska||Party Caucuses/
|Contact Parties||N/A||Proportional||Contact Parties|
|February 5||Arizona||Closed Primary||January 7||Begins January 10||Proportional (D)
|6 AM – 7 PM|
|February 5||Arkansas||Open Primary||January 7||January 29-
|Proportional[ii]||7:30 AM –
|February 5||California||Semi-Open Primary||January 21||Starting 29 days prior to the election||Proportional (D)Winner-Take-All (R)||7 AM – 8 PM|
|February 5||Colorado||Party Caucuses/
|December 5||N/A||Proportional (D)N/A (R)||Contact Parties|
|February 5||Connecticut||Closed Primary||February 4 (noon)||N/A||Proportional (D)Winner-Take-All (R)||6 AM – 8 PM|
|February 5||Delaware||Closed Primary||January 12||N/A||Proportional (D)Winner-Take-All (R)||7 AM – 8 PM|
|February 5||Georgia||Open Primary||January 7||January 28-February 1||Proportional (D)Winner-Take-All (R)||7 AM – 7 PM|
|February 5||Idaho (D)||Party Caucus/
|May register at caucus||Counties set deadline||Proportional||Contact Party|
|February 5||Illinois||Semi-Open Primary||January 8||January 14 – January 31||Proportional||6 AM – 7 PM|
|February 5||Kansas||Party Caucus/Convention||May register at caucus||N/A||Proportional||Contact Parties|
|February 5||Massachusetts||Semi-Open Primary||February 12||N/A||Proportional||7 AM – 8 PM|
|February 5||Minnesota||Party Caucuses/Conventions||May Register at Caucuses||N/A||N/A[iii]||7 AM – 8 PM|
|February 5||Missouri||Open Primary||January 9||N/A||Proportional (D)Winner-Take-All (R)||6 AM – 7 PM|
||Montana (R)||Party Caucus||Contact Party||N/A||Winner-Take-All||Contact Party|
|February 5||New Jersey||Semi-Open Primary||January 15||N/A||Proportional (D)Winner-Take-All (R)||6 AM – 8 PM|
|February 5||New Mexico (D)||Party Caucus/
|January 4||N/A||Proportional||Contact Party|
|February 5||New York||Closed Primary||January 11||N/A||Proportional (D)Winner-Take-All (R)||6 AM – 9 PM|
|February 5||North Dakota||Party Caucuses/
|N/A: No voter registration in ND||Contact Parties||Proportional[iv]||Contact Parties|
|February 5||Oklahoma||Closed Primary||January 11||In-person absentee voting starts Feb. 1||Proportional (D)Winner-Take-All (R)||7 AM – 7 PM|
|February 5||Tennessee||Open Primary||January 7||January 16-31||Proportional[v]||Open between 7 AM – 10 AM (varies): Close at 8 PM|
|February 5||Utah||Closed Primary[vi]*||January 29||January 22 – February 1||Proportional (D)
|7 AM – 8 PM|
|February 5||West Virginia||State Convention||Contact Party||N/A||Proportional (D)
|Starts at 11:30 AM|
|February 9||Louisiana||Closed Primary||January 9||January 26- February 2||Proportional (D)Winner-Take-All (R)[vii]||6 AM – 8 PM|
|February 9||Kansas (R)||Party Caucuses/
|January 25||N/A||Winner-Take-All||Contact Parties|
|February 9||Washington||Party Caucuses||Contact Party||N/A||Proportional||Contact Parties|
|February 10||Maine (D)||Party Caucuses/
|By date of caucus||N/A||Proportional||Contact Parties|
|February 12||District of Columbia||Closed Primary*||January 12||In-person absentee voting: Jan. 28 – Feb. 11 (5 PM)||Proportional (D)Winner-Take-All (R)||7 AM – 8 PM|
|February 12||Maryland||Closed Primary||January 22||N/A||Proportional (D)Winner-Take-All (R)||7 AM – 8 PM|
|February 12||Virginia||Closed Primary||January 14||In-person absentee voting 30 days before election||Proportional (D)Winner-Take-All (R)||6 AM – 7 PM|
|February 19||Hawaii (D)||Party Caucus/
|Contact Party||N/A||Proportional||Contact Party|
|February 19||Washington||Semi-Open Primary[viii] (GOP partially binding: See endnote)||January 19||N/A||Advisory Only (D)Proportional (R)||7 AM – 8 PM|
|February 19||Wisconsin||Open Primary||January 30 by mail; In-person registration through Election Day||In-person absentee voting: January 29 - February 18 (5 PM)||Proportional (D)
|7 AM – 8 PM|
|March 4||Ohio||Semi-Open Primary||February 4||N/A||Proportional (D)Winner-Take-All (R)||6:30 AM – 7:30 PM|
|March 4||Rhode Island||Semi-Open Primary||February 2||N/A||Proportional||7 AM – 9 PM|
|March 4||Texas||Closed Primary||February 4||February 19 – February 29||Proportional (D)
|7 AM – 7 PM|
|March 4||Vermont||Open Primary||February 27
|N/A||Proportional (D)Winner-Take-All (R)||Open between 5 AM – 10 AM (varies); Close at 7 PM|
|March 8||Wyoming (D)||Party Caucuses/
|Contact Parties for Deadlines||N/A||Proportional||7 AM – 7 PM|
|March 11||Mississippi||Open Primary||February 10||N/A||Proportional (D)Winner-Take-All (R)[ix]||7 AM – 7 PM|
|April 22||Pennsylvania||Closed Primary||March 24||N/A||Proportional (D)N/A (R)||7 AM – 8 PM|
|May 6||Indiana||Open Primary||April 7||In-person absentee voting; April 7- May 5 (noon)||Proportional (D)Winner-Take-All (R)[x]||6 AM – 6 PM|
|May 6||North Carolina||Semi-Open Primary||April 11(New law also allows people to register at the time they vote early.)||April 17-May 3(New law allows both registration & voting during this period.)||Proportional||6:30 AM – 7:30 PM|
|May 13||Nebraska||Semi-Open Primary[xi]||May 2 (in person)||Begins 35 days prior to the election||Proportional[xii]||8 AM – 8 PM|
|May 13||West Virginia||Closed Primary[xiii]||April 22||April 23-May 10
(includes last two Saturdays before election)
|6:30 AM – 7:30 PM|
|May 16-18||Hawaii (R)||Party
|May 20||Kentucky||Closed Primary||April 21||N/A||Proportional||6 AM – 6 PM|
|May 20||Oregon||Closed Primary||April 29 for new registrants or change of party affiliation; registered voters may update on Election Day||N/A||Proportionally||7 AM – 8 PM(Hours for county offices; OR is a vote by mail state)|
|May 27||Idaho (R)||Open Primary[xiv]||May 2(State also has Election Day registration)||Counties set deadline for in-person absentee voting||Proportionally||8 AM – 8 PM|
|June 3||Montana||Open Primary||May 5(State also offers late registration.)||May 5 – June 2 (noon)||
|Open 7 AM – 12 PM (varies); Close at 8 PM|
|June 3||New Mexico (R)||Closed Primary||May 6||Early In-Person Voting May 17– May 31||Proportional||7 AM – 7 PM|
|June 3||South Dakota||Closed Primary||May 19||April 22 through Election Day||Proportional||7 AM – 7 PM|
*Polling Hours based on 2006 Information.
[i] Alabama’s GOP awards delegates in a winner-take-all fashion if a candidate receives 50% statewide vote in primary; if not, then the delegates are awarded using a proportional formula.
[ii] The Arkansas GOP has a threshold formula for awarding delegates that varies the proportions based upon results.
[iii] Generally, Minnesota GOP delegates are not bound unless state convention votes to bind.
[iv] If GOP candidate receives more than 2/3 total statewide vote in ND, that candidate receives all of the state’s delegates.
[v] If GOP candidate receives 66% of state vote, that candidate receives all of the state’s bound delegates.
[vi] Binding for GOP; Dems will hold state convention to select delegates.
[vii] If there is no majority GOP candidate, delegates may be unbound.
[viii] Dems will select delegates at Feb. 9 caucus: GOP will hold state convention to select 49% of delegates on Feb. 9 with the remaining 51% determined by primary results.
[ix] If winning GOP candidate does not receive 50% of the vote, delegates are awarded proportionally using a threshold allocation formula.
[x] Indiana delegates selected at the state convention are unbound.
[xi] Non-binding primary; advisory only.
[xii] Delegates awarded proportionally at state conventions.
[xiii] Binding for Dems; GOP selects delegates at state convention on Feb. 5.
[xiv] Voting is partially binding for GOP; 80% of delegates determined by primary results.