A state primary election is held on the first Tuesday in August of even-numbered years for the nomination of Democratic and Republican candidates. Minor party candidates do not participate in primary elections; instead, they are nominated at state party conventions. Independent candidates file by petition. The state general election is held on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November of even numbered years.
State law requires that polling places open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, but the county may open the polls earlier and close them later. All voters who are in line when the polls close are allowed to vote.