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Key dates on the 2020 election calendar

Robert Houk • Nov 13, 2019 at 9:00 AM

The next U.S. presidential election is now less than a year away, but that Nov. 3 race is not the only contest on the ballot in 2020.

Next year’s election calendar has a number of key federal, state and local races for voters to decide. The busy campaign season begins in Tennessee on March 3 with the state’s presidential preference primary.

Voters will get a chance to choose partisan nominees for president. There will also be a primary on the March 3 ballot for county offices.

In Washington County, that primary will be for constables and for the office of assessor of property. Candidates must qualify before noon on Dec. 12.

To vote in the election, residents must register before Feb. 3. Early voting will begin Feb. 12 and end on Feb. 25.

The next important date on the 2020 election calendar is April 2. Candidates in the federal and state primaries and county general election must qualify before noon on that date to be on the Aug. 6 ballot.

That election will determine partisan nominees for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Lamar Alexander, the U.S. House of Representatives (including the seat now held by U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-1st), the Tennessee House of Representatives and half of the seats in the Tennessee Senate.

The Aug. 6 ballot will also include the general election for Johnson City’s Juvenile Court Clerk, as well as Washington County assessor of property, constables and the District 2 seat of the Washington County Board of Education.

Voters must be registered by July 7. Early voting begins on July 17 and will end Aug. 1.

The Nov. 3 general election ballot will feature prominent races for president, Congress and the state General Assembly. The election also includes races for three seats on the Johnson City Commission (now held by Joe Wise, Larry Calhoun and Dr. Todd Fowler), three seats on the Johnson City Board of Education and two seats on Jonesborough’s town board.

Jonesborough will also have a race for mayor on the Nov. 3 ballot.

Candidates for the municipal races must qualify before a noon deadline on Aug. 20. Early voting will begin Oct. 14 and end on Oct. 29.

Key Election Dates

March 3: Presidential preference and county primary.

July 7: Last day to register to vote in the Aug. 6 federal primary and county general election.

Oct. 29: Early voting begins for the Nov. 3 state/federal/municipal elections.

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