As we gear up for the 2024 presidential and state elections, it’s crucial to reflect on the significant elections held in 2023 and look forward to the impactful #CAIVotes initiative. This year, five states held off-year legislative elections, laying the groundwork for heightened civic engagement.
2023 Election Recap
Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Virginia hosted off-year legislative elections. These off-year contests serve as precursors to broader election cycles, shaping the political landscape in various regions.
Celebrating Civic Engagement with #CAIVotes
At CAI—for members and staff—champion civic engagement and the #CAIVotes stands as a testament to our commitment. Click here to access resources for getting your community or organization involved in #CAIvotes. Collaborating with Civic Holidays, we actively support nonpartisan events dedicated to promoting democratic principles. CAI is a proud Creative Partner of the Civic Holidays, including National Voter Education Week, National Voter Registration Day, Vote Early Day, and Election Hero Day. These are key dates we celebrate, aiming to mobilize and empower voters.
Empowering Community Associations
Research from the Foundation for Community Association Research shows 92% of community association homeowners plan to vote in all national elections, making CAI members the most effective voting bloc in the nation. Our goal is clear— assist community associations in becoming #VoteReady. Through #CAIVotes, we provide resources, promote voter education, and encourage active participation in the democratic process. By championing #VoteforHome, we ensure community association members are well-informed and ready to make their voices heard in upcoming elections.
Looking Ahead to 2024
The 2024 presidential general election, scheduled for November 5, looms on the horizon. Nominating contests will unfold from early in the year to June, leading to the Republican and Democratic conventions, which will be held in July and August, respectively.
Since 1920, New Hampshire has conducted the first primary in the U.S., while Iowa held the first caucuses since 1972. It appears the traditional order of Democratic primary elections will not be altered in 2024. New Hampshire’s state law requires their primaries to be held no less than a week prior to any other state primary or caucus. Though the Democratic Party attempted to reorder the schedule for 2024, making South Carolina’s primary first on February 3, followed by New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Secretary of State announced yesterday that their contest will be held on January 23. Following these two contests, Nevada will hold their primary on February 6, Georgia on February 13, and Michigan on February 27. Despite these scheduling challenges, the significance of Super Tuesday remains unchanged. Scheduled for March 5th, Super Tuesday is the closest thing the United States has to a national primary voting day. Over a dozen states, including California and Texas, will hold their primaries on this day. By the end of March, more than 50% of each party’s delegates will be chosen. If you’re unsure of when your state’s 2024 primary election is held, check with your local board of elections.
It’s never too early to get ready for the next election. Check out CAI’s resources for ways to get involved today!
As we gear up for the 2024 election cycle, be sure to mark important dates.
Registration: Most states require advance voter registration, with same-day registration available in 22 states and Washington, D.C. North Dakota does not require registration. To register to vote or to check your registration, visit CAI’s Voter Resource Center.
Early Voting Deadlines: Most states offer early in-person voting, although some leave regulations up to the county. Check here for a breakdown of early voting in your state.
Absentee Ballot Request Deadlines: Voters can apply (depending on your state) either in person, online, or by mail to vote absentee. Absentee ballots are generally due before the closing of polling stations on Election Day, but it is recommended to mail the ballot back with ample time to ensure timely delivery. To learn about your state’s specific requirements and track your absentee ballot, check here. To apply for your absentee ballot, visit CAI’s Voter Resource Center.
If these deadlines are too much to remember, you can always sign up for CAI’s Election Reminders through vote.org here.
CAI has resources to help you get involved, like hosting association registration drives, volunteering to be poll workers, or simply sharing our graphics on social media to #GetOuttheVote. CAI makes it easy to get involved. Let’s make our voices heard in 2024 and beyond.
Join the Celebration
Share your celebrations and engagement with CAI at email@example.com or on social media using #VoteReady, #CAIVotes, and #VoteforHome. Together, let’s empower community associations and make a lasting impact on democracy.