DemDaily: On The Ballot: In Your State In 2021

March 10, 2021

While the focus of the 2021 "off-year" elections may be on the two gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia, there are also three state legislative chamber battles and at least five special elections for US congressional seats.

Equally as important, however, are the hundreds of other statewide, legislative, initiative, municipal and local elections up in 40 states.

Locally elected officials are the "farm team" of the party -- those who often have the most direct impact on voters' daily lives, and serve as the bench for our state and federal office leaders of tomorrow.

ON THE BALLOT
The 2021 Elections

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Check the ballot in your state for upcoming primary and special elections. Make your vote count!

IN YOUR STATE: 2021 Elections
Alabama: State Senate and House Special Elections, Municipal, School Board
Alaska: Municipal, School Board, Recalls, Local Ballot Measures
California: State Senate and Assembly Special Elections,
Municipal, Local Ballot Measures
Colorado: Municipal, School Board, Recalls, State and Local Ballot Measures
Connecticut: State Senate and House Special Elections
Delaware: Municipal
Florida: Municipal

Municipal Officials include elected mayors, city council members, and other elected officials from cities, towns and townships to villages and boroughs of all sizes.

There approximately 1,400 mayors across the United States that represent cities with a population of 30,000+, over 500 of which are up in 2021. Major city mayoral elections this year include New York City, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Miami, New Orleans, St. Louis, San Antonio and Seattle.

Georgia: State House Special Election, Municipal, School Board
Idaho: Municipal, School Board, Recall
Illinois: School Board
Iowa: State Senate Special Election, Municipal, School Board
Kansas: Municipal, School Board
Louisiana: US House Special Elections, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education,
State House Special Elections, Intermediate Appellate Courts, Municipal
Maine: State Senate Special Election, Recall
Maryland: Municipal

Ballot Measures: In addition to local ballot measures, four states - Colorado, California, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island - have statewide ballot measures up in 2021. Initiatives, however, are still being introduced, and usually total an average of 24 certified measures in "off," or odd-numbered years.

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Massachusetts: State House Special Election, Municipal
Michigan: State Senate Special Election, Municipal
Minnesota: Municipal, School Board
Mississippi: Municipal
Missouri: State House Special Election, Municipal,
School Board, Local Ballot Measures
Montana: Municipal

Nebraska: Municipal, School Board
New Hampshire: State House Special Election, Municipal, School Board

There are 99 state legislative chambers in the US, comprised of 7,383 legislative seats. Just three chambers are holding regularly-scheduled elections in 2021. In New Jersey, where both the State Senate and House are up, Democrats hold a comfortable majority in both chambers. In Virginia, where Democrats flipped both legislative chambers to their control in 2018, they will be fighting to retain their 55-45 majority in the State House.

In addition, there are 29 legislative special elections in 16 states scheduled to-date, less than half of the off-year average of 88.

New Jersey: Governor, Lt. Governor, State Senate, State House, Municipal, School Board
New Mexico: Municipal, School Board
New York: Municipal, School Board, Ballot Measures
North Carolina: Municipal, School Board
Ohio: US House Special Election, Municipal, School Board, Recalls
Oklahoma: State Senate Special Election, Municipal, School Board
Oregon: Municipal, School Board
Pennsylvania: State Senate and State House Special Elections,
State Supreme Court, Intermediate Appellate Courts, Municipal,
School Board, Ballot Measures

Governors: There are only two gubernatorial races up in 2021. In New Jersey, incumbent Democrat Phil Murphy is running for reelection to a second term. In Virginia, a large field of candidates are running to succeed Democratic Governor Ralph Northam, who is term-limited.

Know What is On the Ballot in Your State (InHigherEd)

Rhode Island: Ballot Measures
South Carolina:  Municipal
TexasUS House Special Election, State House Special Election,
Municipal Government, School Board, Local Ballot Measures
Utah:  Municipal
VermontMunicipal, Local Ballot Measures
VirginiaGovernor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, State House,
State Senate and State House Special Elections, Municipal
Washington: Intermediate Appellate Courts, Municipal, School Board
WisconsinSuperintendent of Public Instruction, State Senate and
State Assembly Special Elections, Intermediate Appellate Courts,
Municipal, School Board

There are five scheduled or pending US House special elections for vacancies in Louisiana's 2nd and 5th Congressional Districts, New Mexico's 1st CD, Ohio's 11th CD, and the 6th District in Texas.

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Sources: Ballotpedia, DMO, US House, US Conference of Mayors, Washington Post

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