A primary election is an election used either to narrow the field of candidates for a given elective office or to determine the nominees for political parties in advance of a general election. Primary elections can take several different forms. In a partisan primary, voters select a candidate to be a political party's nominee for a given office in the corresponding general election. Nonpartisan primaries are used to narrow the field of candidates for nonpartisan offices in advance of a general election. The terms of participation (e.g., whether only registered party members can vote in a party's primary) in primary elections can vary by jurisdiction, political party, and the office or offices up for election. The methods employed to determine the outcome of the primary (e.g., plurality systems, majority systems, top-two systems, etc.) can also vary by jurisdiction.
A general election is an election in which candidates are elected to offices. This is in contrast to a primary election, which is used either to narrow the field of candidates for a given elective office or to determine the nominees for political parties in advance of a general election.
The 2024 Primary Election is March 19, 2024. The 2024 General Election is November 5, 2024.
By the Numbers
These numbers do not include information from the City of Bloomington, whose elections are conducted by the Bloomington Election Commission. Early voting and vote by mail ballots are not counted until after 7 pm on Election Day. The counts provided below are for informational purposes only and are not official counts. Early voting locations and hours are available on the Early Voting page.
The Early Voter numbers below reflect data through and including February 28.