Frequently Asked Questions:
- What is a primary?: Before the Republicans run a candidate for President, they must choose which candidate to run. Ron Paul is competing with other candidates like John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, Tom Tancredo, and Mitt Romney to be the Republican candidate for 2008. States hold elections on different dates to decide who they want to be the Republican nominee, these elections are called primaries or caucuses, for simplicity sake I refer to them all as primaries.
- Why is it important?: Ron Paul has said he will not run as a third party candidate. This is our one and only shot to translate our online support in to real world support. With the power of the Republican party behind him, Ron Paul will have instant name recognition, the power of the GOP and their local chapters behind him, and the vote of all the people who vote Republican in every election.
- Do I need to register as a Republican?: If your state is highlighted in yellow, then you need to register as a Republican; in your state only members of the Republican party can vote for who they think should be the nominee of the Republican party. If your state is highlighted in white, then anyone from any party can vote in the Republican primary; you only need to make sure you are registered to vote.
- What do the other colors mean?: If something is highlighted in red it means that deadline is fast approaching and you better register if you live in that state. If something is highlighted in gray and has a strikethough it means that deadline has already passed.
- Does it cost money to become a Republican?: No. All you have to do is print out your voter registration form, check the box that says “Republican” and mail it in. You do not have to attend meetings, pay dues, canvas, or anything like that.
- I’m in the military or live overseas, what do I do?: Generally the same deadlines apply to you, contact your state about getting an absentee ballot. Visit FVAP for more guidance.
Since this URL is kind of long and hard to remember, I’ve created another one, much shorter and easier to remember, that redirects here: http://www.primarilypaul.com/register/.
- 20080203 – Alabama, California, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Ohio, Rhode Island, American Samoa, and Guam have all had deadlines pass. Florida and Maine primaries are over.
- 20080121 – Maine, Massachusetts deadlines passed. South Carolina and Nevada primaries over. Mississippi, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas have looming deadlines.
- 20080115 – Delawre, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Virginia, and DC deadlines have all passed. Michigan’s primary is over.
- 20080109 – Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri passed. New Hampshire primary is over
- 20080107 – mark passed deadlines ad completed primaries as such
- 20080102 – Now coordinating efforts with the official campaign website. Florida, Kentucky, and Nevada deadlines have passed. Indiana’s deadline is April 7. Update Guam dates. Nevada registration deadline is Jan 6 – they have no voter registration but you must be a resident of the state 30 days before the election to vote. Hawaii is closed caucus and registration is 10 days before the caucus. Washington’s registration deadline is January 10th. Nevada is December 19, not December 31.
- 20071230 – Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, and South Carolina have all passed. Mark Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington as looming deadlines. fixed Alaksa and Alabama links, Arkansas primary date link, got info for Hawaii, update Idaho closing link, Maryland deadline links, Michigan SOS link, Mississippi party change date, Nebraska deadline links, Nevada dates and links, North Carolina links, Connecticut in person deadline. Florida party change deadline. Idaho can register in person the day of the primary. Louisiana has a caucus as well. Maine’s voting lasts multiple days. Mississippi registration deadline. Montana is open, not closed. Virginia registration deadline.
- 20071221 – change link to Alaska primary date
- 20071210 – Rhode Island, Colorado, and Wyoming registration deadlines have passed; highlight all registration/party change deadlines in december as looming
- 20071205 – updated Massachusetts primary date and links, highlight Nevada registration deadline as looming
- 20071130 – fixed North Carolina voter registration form link, fixed Alabama links
- 20071127 – highlight Iowa as closed, updated New Hampshire dates and links
- 20071120 – Maryland has passed; highlight Colorado, Michigan, New Jersey, and Rhode Island; updated Alabama primary date link
- 20071117 – updated party change deadline for Colorado, highlight it, and updated the links for it and the registration deadline
- 20071114 – changed Hawaii links, updated all of Iowa, Michigan won’t be closed, possibility of Idaho closing updating with new link, Kansas links, DC links, Massachusetts might be changing dates, changed Montana date even though normal citizens aren’t allowed to vote. Switched from Wikipedia links to NASS links for Alaska, Colorado, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia. Updated Maryland closed primary link, North Carolina links, added primary date to West Virginia
- 20071108 – Connecticut deadline has passed
- 20071101 – Delaware deadline has passed
- 20071029 – highlight West Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, update dates and link for West Virginia to Ron Paul’s website, update American Samoa and link to a post on my site
- 20071018 – added section for military and overseas voters, New York and New Hampshire party change deadline has passed, Delaware is now a looming deadline
- 20071012 – corrected date for South Carolina Election, changed link for Colorado party change deadline, Colorado closed primary link, Alabama primary date link, Arizona party change deadline, Connecticut primary date link, Connecticut new voter registration link and date, Connecticut closed primary link, Indiana primary date link, Indiana registration deadline and link, Kansas registration deadline
- 20071007 – corrected party change deadline for Delaware, added Kansas information, added party change deadline for Pennsylvania and South Dakota, corrected registration date and link for Pennsylvania
- 20071003 – fixed year for New Hampshire, highlight looming deadlines, linked New York’s party change deadline to a post on my site instead of a huge PDF of election laws, correct deadline for Pennsylvania, change link for Virgin Islands
- 20070930 – updated party change date for New Hampshire, last day and link to register for DC, North Carolina party change
- 20070928 – updated party change deadlines for Connecticut, Maine, Nebraska, New York and New Mexico; link for South Dakota
- 20079827 – updated Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, and Connecticut
- 20070925 – took out calendar of primaries, combining efforts with WinWin08 to produce one table with more information
- 20070910 – updated Louisiana links, Michigan dates, Montana dates, Virgin Islands primary closed per their website, reworded open/closed/modified stuff, added deadlines using NVRA
- 20070820 – no more opening stuff in new windows, add section with states sorted by primary date
- 20070819 – Released
Sources: National Association of Secretaries of States Calendar of 2008 State Primaries/Caucuses, Election Assistance Commission – National Mail Voter Registration Form and The Green Papers Presidential Primaries 2008 Republican Delegate Selection and Voter Eligibility.
If you find errors or have suggestions you can leave a comment or email me adminREMOVE-THIS@THIS-TOOprimarilypaul.com . I don’t know everything about every state, so if you have specific questions you should contact your state’s elections office or secretary of state.