In the run-up to the presidential election in 2024 (less than a year away!) many nonprofits are going to be playing a crucial role in defining the issues that elections focus on and the policies that will follow. Nonprofits can and should play an active role in supporting their communities to engage in the democratic process!

Nonprofit Vote and Bolder Advocacy both offer excellent resources and guidance to support nonprofits to shape their civic engagement strategies, and be part of the debate on the most important issues shaping our nation. And if you are unsure of what to say or how to say it, there are great tips and tested messaging in these guides from We Make the Future.

So what role will your organization play? Is your communications calendar ready? Stay ahead of the game and take note of these key dates: 


January

  • January 15: Iowa Caucus
  • TBD: New Hampshire Primary New Hampshire has had the first primary in the nation since 1920. Iowa has gone even earlier, with its caucuses, since 1972. It looks like that is going to change in 2024, although some of the dates have not yet been finalized.

February

  • February 3: South Carolina Democratic Primary
  • February 6: Nevada Democratic Primary, Nevada Republican Caucus, Virgin Islands Republican Caucus
  • February 24: South Carolina Republican Primary
  • February 27: Michigan Democratic and Republican Primary

March

  • March 2: Idaho and Missouri Republican Caucuses
  • March 3: District of Columbia Democratic Primary
  • March 4: North Dakota Republican Caucus
  • March 5: Super Tuesday. Over a dozen states (Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Iowa Republican Caucus, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia Democratic and Republican Primaries) will hold their primaries.
  • March 12:
    • Democrats Abroad Democratic Primary
    • Georgia Democratic and Republican Primaries
    • Hawaii Republican Caucus
    • Mississippi Democratic and Republican Primaries
    • Northern Mariana Democratic Primary
    • Washington Democratic and Republican Primaries
  • March 19:
    • Arizona Democratic and Republican Primaries
    • Florida Democratic and Republican Primaries
    • Illinois Democratic and Republican Primaries
    • Kansas Democratic and Republican Primaries
    • Ohio Democratic and Republican Primaries
  • March 23:
    • Louisiana Democratic and Republican Primaries
    • Missouri Democratic Primary

April

  • April 2:
    • Connecticut Democratic and Republican Primaries
    • Delaware Democratic and Republican Primaries
    • New York Democratic and Republican Primaries
    • Rhode Island Democratic and Republican Primaries
    • Wisconsin Democratic and Republican Primaries
  • April 6: Alaska, Hawaii, and North Dakota Republican Primaries
  • April 13: Wyoming Republican Caucus
  • April 23: Pennsylvania Democratic and Republican Primaries
  • April 28: Puerto Rico Democratic Primary

May

  • May 7: Indiana Democratic and Republican Primaries
  • May 14:
    • Maryland Democratic and Republican Primaries
    • Nebraska Democratic and Republican Primaries
    • West Virginia Democratic and Republican Primaries
  • May 21:
    • Kentucky Democratic and Republican Primaries
    • Oregon Democratic and Republican Primaries
  • May 25: Idaho Republican Caucus

June

  • June 4:
    • District of Columbia Democratic Primary
    • Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota Democratic and Republican Primaries
  • June 8: Guam and Virgin Islands Republican Caucuses

July

  • July 15 – 18: Republican Convention (Milwaukee, WI)

August

  • August 19 – 22: Democratic Convention (Chicago, IL)

September 

  • Voter registration and mobilization efforts generally step into full swing around Labor Day, so make a plan soon for your organization’s voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts. 

October 

  • Voter Registration Deadlines: Each state sets its voter registration deadlines. Stay informed about these deadlines to encourage voter participation and ensure your audience has the opportunity to make their voices heard. See here for a helpful overview of state-by-state registration deadlines. 

 November

  • November 5: 2024 Presidential Election

December

  • December 17: Electors Cast Their Votes

January 2025

  • January 6: Congress counts electoral votes Congress meets in joint session to count the electoral votes (unless Congress passes a law to change the date).
  • January 20: Inauguration Day

The key is to make your voter engagement plans early, stay flexible, and adjust your plans accordingly as new information becomes available.

 


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