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Presidential primary candidate list released

LANSING – The Michigan Department of State today released the 2020 presidential primary candidate list. It is available online at

Under state law, the Secretary of State is required to issue a list of individuals “generally advocated by the national news media to be potential presidential candidates” for the Republican and Democratic parties for the presidential primary election.

The chairs of the Michigan Democratic and Republican parties now have until 4 p.m. Nov. 12 to add names of other candidates to the candidate list for their party. A candidate identified on either the Secretary of State’s list or the party chairperson’s candidate listing who wishes either to designate a different political party or to withdraw as a candidate has until 4 p.m.  Dec. 13 to notify the department of that decision.

Candidates not placed on the list by the department or the party chairs may obtain ballot access for Michigan’s presidential primary if they file a nominating petition with the Secretary of State no later than 4 p.m. Dec. 13.

The Michigan presidential primary will be March 10, 2020. Along with the candidates listed on the ballot, voters also may choose “uncommitted” as an option. In addition to the presidential primary, residents in some communities also may be voting on local ballot proposals or for special elections to fill vacancies.

More information on ballot access for presidential candidates is available on the Department of State website.


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