Why is voting in the primaries important?

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In recent elections, voter turnout for primaries has been abysmal — many states had fewer than 10% of eligible voters participate, compared to around 60% in the General Election. Because voter turnout in primaries is so low, your vote matters even more!

Primaries are between candidates of the same party, unlike in the General Election. The winner of the Democratic Primary is nominated by the Democratic Party to go head-to-head against the winner of the Republican Primary.

Don’t get me wrong, voting in the General Election is still very important, and if Bernie wins the Primary Election, you’ll need to vote for him again on November 3rd, 2020 for the General Election. If Bernie does not win the Democratic Primary Election, you can’t vote for him in the General Election! And that would be bad because it could mean another 4 years of Trump. Bernie already polls well against Trump — better than other candidates in more cases — but Bernie has the deck stacked against him, the media continues to ignore him even when he leads the polls, and the only way for a candidate like Bernie to win the primary is massive voter turnout.

That being said, there is a significant hurdle that might prevent Bernie from facing off against Trump, which is that the typical Bernie supporter doesn’t vote! A significant number of Bernie’s supporters are young. Pollsters often don’t even bother to ask their opinion simply because they don’t get out to the ballots. We are going to change that in 2020!

‘Too Long; Didn’t Read’ Version:

Voter turnout in primaries is incredibly low, so your vote really matters. Bernie can win the General Election, but he needs to win in the Primary Elections first! Let’s flood the ballots with our votes and elect Bernie Sanders as the 46th president of the United States of America!

Your next step

Find your state below (or in the map above) to learn how to vote. It typically takes less than 10 minutes. Whatever you do, please please please please please do not wait until the last moment to register or cast your vote. Registration is open in many states right now. Many states offer online registration, most states offer no-excuse early in-person voting, and some states also offer vote-by-mail (called ‘absentee voting’) so you don’t even need to leave your home!

No excuses. Let’s win this election!


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Alabama has open primaries.

Alabamians can vote for Bernie Sanders regardless of their registered party

How to vote in Alabama

Primary On

March 3, 2020

Register By

February 17, 2020

Alaska has closed primaries.

Alaskans must register as democrat to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in Alaska

Primary On

April 4, 2020

Register By

April 4, 2020

Arizona has semi-closed primaries.

Arizonans must register as democrat or undeclared to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in Arizona

Primary On

March 17, 2020

Register By

February 18, 2020

Arkansas has open primaries.

Arkansans can vote for Bernie Sanders regardless of their registered party

How to vote in Arkansas

Primary On

March 3, 2020

Register By

February 3, 2020

California has semi-closed primaries.

Californians must register as democrat or undeclared to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in California

Primary On

March 3, 2020

Register By

February 17, 2020

Colorado has semi-closed primaries.

Coloradans must register as democrat or undeclared to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in Colorado

Primary On

March 3, 2020

Register By

February 24, 2020

Affiliate By

February 3, 2020

Connecticut has semi-closed primaries.

Nutmeggers must register as democrat or undeclared to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in Connecticut

Primary On

April 28, 2020

Register By

April 23, 2020

Affiliate By

January 28, 2020

Delaware has semi-closed primaries.

Delawareans must register as democrat or undeclared to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in Delaware

Primary On

April 28, 2020

Register By

April 4, 2020

Democrats Abroad has closed primaries.

American citizens living abroad can still vote for Bernie!

How to vote in Democrats Abroad

Primary On

TBD

Register By

TBD

Florida has closed primaries.

Floridians must register as democrat to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in Florida

Primary On

March 17, 2020

Register By

February 18, 2020

Georgia has open primaries.

Georgians can vote for Bernie Sanders regardless of their registered party

How to vote in Georgia

Primary On

March 24, 2020

Register By

February 24, 2020

Guam has closed caucuses.

Guamanians must register as democrat to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in Guam

Caucus On

May 2, 2020

Register By

May 2, 2020

Hawaii has closed primaries.

Hawaii residents must register as democrat to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in Hawaii

Primary On

April 4, 2020

Register By

TBD

Idaho has semi-open primaries.

Idahoans registered as a republican cannot vote for Bernie Sanders!

How to vote in Idaho

Primary On

March 10, 2020

Register By

February 14, 2020

Affiliate By

Fri, January 3 (25 days away)

Illinois has open primaries.

Illinoisans can vote for Bernie Sanders regardless of their registered party

How to vote in Illinois

Primary On

March 17, 2020

Register By

February 18, 2020

Indiana has open primaries.

Hoosiers can vote for Bernie Sanders regardless of their registered party

How to vote in Indiana

Primary On

May 5, 2020

Register By

April 6, 2020

Iowa has open caucuses.

Iowans can vote for Bernie Sanders regardless of their registered party

How to vote in Iowa

Caucus On

February 3, 2020

Register By

TBD

Kansas has closed primaries.

Kansans must register as democrat to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in Kansas

Primary On

May 2, 2020

Register By

TBD

Kentucky has closed primaries.

Kentuckians must register as democrat to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in Kentucky

Primary On

May 19, 2020

Register By

April 20, 2020

Affiliate By

Tue, December 31 (22 days away)

Louisiana has closed primaries.

Louisianans must register as democrat to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in Louisiana

Primary On

April 4, 2020

Register By

March 4, 2020

Maine has closed primaries.

Mainers must register as democrat to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in Maine

Primary On

March 3, 2020

Register By

February 11, 2020

Maryland has closed primaries.

Marylanders must register as democrat to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in Maryland

Primary On

April 28, 2020

Register By

April 7, 2020

Massachusetts has semi-closed primaries.

Bay Staters must register as democrat or undeclared to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in Massachusetts

Primary On

March 3, 2020

Register By

February 12, 2020

Michigan has open primaries.

Michiganders can vote for Bernie Sanders regardless of their registered party

How to vote in Michigan

Primary On

March 10, 2020

Register By

February 24, 2020

Minnesota has open primaries.

Minnesotans can vote for Bernie Sanders regardless of their registered party

How to vote in Minnesota

Primary On

March 3, 2020

Register By

TBD

Mississippi has open primaries.

Mississippians can vote for Bernie Sanders regardless of their registered party

How to vote in Mississippi

Primary On

March 10, 2020

Register By

February 10, 2020

Missouri has open primaries.

Missourians can vote for Bernie Sanders regardless of their registered party

How to vote in Missouri

Primary On

March 10, 2020

Register By

February 12, 2020

Montana has open primaries.

Montanans can vote for Bernie Sanders regardless of their registered party

How to vote in Montana

Primary On

June 2, 2020

Register By

TBD

Nebraska has semi-closed primaries.

Nebraskans must register as democrat or undeclared to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in Nebraska

Primary On

May 12, 2020

Register By

May 1, 2020

Nevada has closed caucuses.

Nevadans must register as democrat to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in Nevada

Caucus On

February 22, 2020

Register By

February 1, 2020

New Hampshire has semi-closed primaries.

New Hampshirites must register as democrat or undeclared to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in New Hampshire

Primary On

February 11, 2020

Register By

February 5, 2020

New Jersey has closed primaries.

New Jerseyans must register as democrat to vote for Bernie! However, undeclared voters are able to change party at election ballots.

How to vote in New Jersey

Primary On

June 2, 2020

Register By

TBD

New Mexico has closed primaries.

New Mexicans must register as democrat to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in New Mexico

Primary On

June 2, 2020

Register By

TBD

New York has closed primaries.

New Yorkers must register as democrat to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in New York

Primary On

April 28, 2020

Register By

April 8, 2020

Affiliate By

February 28, 2020

North Carolina has semi-closed primaries.

North Carolinians must register as democrat or undeclared to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in North Carolina

Primary On

March 3, 2020

Register By

February 7, 2020

North Dakota has open caucuses.

There is no voter registration in North Dakota: Just show up!

How to vote in North Dakota

Caucus On

June 7, 2020

Ohio has semi-open primaries.

Ohioans registered as a republican cannot vote for Bernie Sanders!

How to vote in Ohio

Primary On

March 17, 2020

Register By

February 18, 2020

Oklahoma has semi-closed primaries.

Oklahomans must register as democrat or Independent to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in Oklahoma

Primary On

March 3, 2020

Register By

February 7, 2020

Oregon has closed primaries.

Oregonians must register as democrat to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in Oregon

Primary On

May 19, 2020

Register By

April 28, 2020

Pennsylvania has closed primaries.

Pennsylvanians must register as democrat to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in Pennsylvania

Primary On

April 28, 2020

Register By

March 29, 2020

Puerto Rico has open primaries.

Although Puerto Ricans are currently not able to vote in general elections, residents are able to vote for Bernie in their primaries.

How to vote in Puerto Rico

Primary On

March 29, 2020

Register By

TBD

Rhode Island has semi-closed primaries.

Rhode Islanders must register as democrat or undeclared to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in Rhode Island

Primary On

April 28, 2020

Register By

March 29, 2020

South Carolina has open primaries.

South Carolinians can vote for Bernie Sanders regardless of their registered party

How to vote in South Carolina

Primary On

February 29, 2020

Register By

January 30, 2020

South Dakota has semi-closed primaries.

South Dakotans must register as democrat or undeclared to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in South Dakota

Primary On

June 2, 2020

Register By

May 18, 2020

Tennessee has open primaries.

Tennesseans can vote for Bernie Sanders regardless of their registered party

How to vote in Tennessee

Primary On

March 3, 2020

Register By

February 3, 2020

Texas has open primaries.

Texans can vote for Bernie Sanders regardless of their registered party

How to vote in Texas

Primary On

March 3, 2020

Register By

February 3, 2020

Utah has closed primaries.

Utahns must register as democrat to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in Utah

Primary On

March 3, 2020

Register By

February 25, 2020

Vermont has open primaries.

Vermonters can vote for Bernie Sanders regardless of their registered party

How to vote in Vermont

Primary On

March 3, 2020

Register By

March 3, 2020

Virginia has open primaries.

Virginians can vote for Bernie Sanders regardless of their registered party

How to vote in Virginia

Primary On

March 3, 2020

Register By

February 10, 2020

Washington, DC has closed primaries.

DC residents must register as democrat to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in Washington, DC

Primary On

March 14, 2020

Register By

TBD

West Virginia has semi-closed primaries.

West Virginians must register as democrat or undeclared to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in West Virginia

Primary On

May 12, 2020

Register By

April 21, 2020

Wisconsin has open primaries.

Wisconsinites can vote for Bernie Sanders regardless of their registered party

How to vote in Wisconsin

Primary On

April 7, 2020

Register By

March 18, 2020

Wyoming has closed caucuses.

Wyomingites must register as democrat to vote for Bernie!

How to vote in Wyoming

Caucus On

April 9, 2020

Register By

TBD

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