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​When You Can Vote in Your State's 2022 Primary

​Americans over 50 will play pivotal role in who will be on the ballot in November

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Concerns over the lingering COVID-19 pandemic and increasing inflation may be dominating the news, but the all-important election 2022 season is about to get underway.

Americans all across the country are poised to begin selecting who they want to represent them in Congress, in governor's mansions and state legislatures. Election season officially begins March 1 with the primary in Texas and stretches beyond summer with the last primaries set for Delaware, New Hampshire and Rhode Island on Sept 13.

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The lone exception is Louisiana, where the nation's Nov. 8 general election day is actually that state's primary. Louisiana voters will select from a slate of candidates regardless of party; anyone who gets a majority of the vote is elected. If no candidate for a particular office wins a majority, the top two candidates for that seat will appear on a Dec. 10 general election ballot.

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Here's what at stake when voters go to the polls this midterm year:

  • All 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for election. Democrats control the House by a margin of 222 to 212, with one vacancy. Some voters may find themselves in a different congressional district than when they last voted because the 2020 U.S. census resulted in redistricting. (Congressional districts are based on population, so the census results in district lines being redrawn in many places.)
  • Of the 100 U.S. Senate seats, 34 are up for grabs. The Senate is currently tied 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote for the Democrats in her role as president of the Senate. Every two years, about one-third of Senate seats are up because senators serve six-year terms. This year, 20 seats held by the GOP and 14 by Democrats are in play.
  • Governors will be chosen in 36 states, 20 where Republicans are in control and 16 where the governors are Democrats.
  • Thousands of state-level senators and representatives, judges and local officials will be voted in or out of office as well.

Here is a look at the primary contests throughout the United States.

spinner image northeast primary election dates for maryland d c delaware pennsylvania new jersey new york connecticut rhode island massachusets vermont new hampshire and maine
spinner image primary dates for southeastern states virginia west viginia kentucky tennessee north and south carolina georgia florida alabama mississippi arkansas and louisiana
spinner image primary election dates for central states as follows north and south dakotas nebraska kansas minnesota iowa missouri wisconsin illinois michigan indiana and ohio
spinner image primary election dates for the southwestern states of arizona new mexico texas and oklahoma
spinner image primary dates for western states hawaii alaska california nevada oregon washington idaho montana wyoming colorado and utah

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