Presidential Nomination Process (US) - Procedure - Election Calendar

Election Calendar

The entire presidential campaign and election process usually takes almost two years. The typical periods of this process are as follows:

  • Spring of the previous calendar year – Candidates announce their intentions to run
  • Summer to December of the previous calendar year – Primary and caucus debates
  • January to June – Primaries and caucuses
  • July to early September – Nominating conventions (including those of the minor third parties)
  • Late September and October – Presidential election debates
  • Early November – Election Day
  • December – Electors cast their electoral votes
  • Early January of the following calendar year – Congress counts the electoral votes
  • January 20 of the following calendar year – Inauguration Day

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