DemDaily: Presidential Primary Update and Election Calendar

May 21, 2020

We are now two-thirds of the way through the Democratic presidential primary season, with twenty states remaining on an election calendar that has been historically upended by the coronavirus crisis.

Almost all remaining primaries are ones that have been rescheduled due to the near-nationwide shutdown under the pandemic, with most states moving to predominantly vote-by-mail.

President Trump has railed against vote-by-mail, which has historically favored Democrats, claiming it encourages "Voter Fraud," and has threatened to withhold funding to states that exercise the system.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown on Trump's criticism of vote by mail as "Voter Fraud"

In the pre-COVID era, only five states - Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah and Washington - conducted their elections by mail.

Though all states previously allowed voters to vote by mail in certain circumstances, 16 required voters to apply, with justification, for a ballot. Given the current crisis, many states have loosened their restrictions, but most still require voters to apply for a mail-in absentee ballot, rather than automatically sending one to every registered voter.

Oregon, which held its Democratic primary Tuesday, was the first state in the nation to go exclusively all-mail almost two decades ago, and boasts one of the highest electoral participation rates in the country.

While the presidential primary, which Joe Biden won with 68%, was at the top of the ticket, the Democratic primary for Secretary of State was the most-watched contest, where State Senator Shemia Fagan  clinched the nomination over State Senator Mark Hass by less than half a percentage point.

Next up is tomorrow's primary in Hawaii, with 24 delegates at stake.

To check the ongoing status of the state primaries and caucuses go to
 DemList's 2020 Presidential Primary Calendar

Primaries Past
Democratic primaries or caucuses have been held in 37 states, territories and Democrats Abroad: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Democrats Abroad, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachussetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Marianas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

To Win: 1991 Delegates

In Oregon's May 19th election, Joe Biden secured 45 delegates to Bernie Sanders' 8.

Although Sanders has endorsed Biden as the nominee, he is keeping his name on the ballot in remaining primary states in order to secure delegates and,"a stronger position at the Democratic convention to help us shape the new platform of the Democratic Party."

Sanders is also asking his 2020 delegates to sign agreements to "refrain from making negative statements about other candidates, party leaders, Campaigns, Campaign staffers, supporters, news organizations or journalists."

The following state primaries will be held between now and the Democratic Convention, scheduled for the week of August 17th. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) recently voted to amend its by-laws to allow for flexibility in planning a shortened or all-virtual convention.

2020 Democratic Primary Calendar
*Rescheduled Date

May 22: *Hawaii Primary (24 Delegates)

June 2: D.C. Primary (20 Delegates), *Indiana Primary (82), *Maryland Primary (96), *Montana Primary (19), New Mexico Primary (34), *Pennsylvania Primary (186), *Rhode Island Primary (26) and South Dakota Primary (16). New Jersey Primary-Postponed, Connecticut Primary-Postponed (2nd time)

June 6: Virgin Islands Caucus (7 Delegates)
June 9: *West Virginia Primary (28 Delegates), *Georgia Primary (105)


June 20: Louisiana Primary-Postponed (2nd time)
June 23: *Kentucky Primary (54 Delegates), *New York Primary (274),
Special Election in New York's 27th Congressional District

July 5th or 12th (TBD): *Puerto Rico Primary (51 Delegates)
July 7: *New Jersey Primary (126 Delegates), *Delaware Primary (21)
July 11: *Louisiana Primary (54 Delegates)

August 11: *Connecticut Primary (60 Delegates)
TBD:  *Guam Caucus (7 Delegates)

Week of August 17thDemocratic National Convention 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
August 24-27: Republican National Convention
Charlotte, North Carolina

September 29: First Presidential Debate (Notre Dame, Indiana)
October 7: Vice Presidential Debate (Salt Lake City, Utah)
October 15: Second Presidential Debate (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
October 22: Third Presidential Debate (Nashville, Tennessee)

November 3: 2020 Election Day
January 20, 2021: Trump Out!



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Sources: Newsweek, KATU, Washington Post

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