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The 2020 election calendar

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The 2020 presidential election is ramping into high gear.

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden announced his chosen running mate: California Sen. Kamala Harris, and Democrats held their first virtual convention in mid-August; the week after brought the Republican one. Biden and President Donald Trump have accepted their parties’ official nominations for president, and the fall campaign season is upon us.

The presidential debates will begin September 29 and run through October. The second presidential debate, scheduled for October 15, was canceled after Trump tested positive for Covid-19, then refused to agree to debate virtually.

Election Day itself, of course, will fall on Tuesday, November 3.

Read on for the important events of the 2020 election cycle and bookmark this page to refer back to. You can also add it to your Google Calendar by clicking the plus sign on the bottom right of this page, or subscribe through a calendar app of your choice. This page and the calendar subscriptions will be updated as dates and information change.

And check out our guides on how to vote early and by mail.

September 2020

September 29

  • Presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, at the Case Western Reserve/Cleveland Clinic joint campus

October 2020

October 7

  • Vice presidential debate in Salt Lake City at the University of Utah

October 22

  • Presidential debate in Nashville, Tennessee, at Belmont University

November 2020

November 3

  • Election Day

June 2019

June 26-27

Read all of our coverage from the June debates here.

July 2019

July 30-31

Read all of our coverage from the July debates here.

September 2019

September 4

September 12

Read all of our coverage of the September debate here.

September 19-20

October 2019

October 15

Read all of our coverage from the October debate here.

November 2019

November 20

Read all of our coverage from the November debate here.

December 2019

December 19

Read all of our coverage from the December debate here.

January 2020

January 14

February 2020

February 3

  • Iowa caucuses

Read all of our coverage from the Iowa caucuses here.

February 7

February 11

  • New Hampshire primaries

Read all of our coverage from the New Hampshire primaries here.

February 19

February 22

  • Nevada caucuses

February 25

February 29

  • South Carolina primary

Read all of our coverage from the South Carolina primary here.

March 2020

March 3 (Super Tuesday)

  • Alabama primaries (D, R)
  • American Samoa caucuses (D)
  • Arkansas primaries (D, R)
  • California primaries (D, R)
  • Colorado primaries (D, R)
  • Maine primaries (D, R)
  • Massachusetts primaries (D, R)
  • Minnesota primaries (D, R)
  • North Carolina primaries (D, R)
  • Oklahoma primaries (D, R)
  • Tennessee primaries (D, R)
  • Texas primaries (D, R)
  • Utah primaries (D, R)
  • Vermont primaries (D, R)
  • Virginia primary (D)
  • Democrats Abroad primary (through March 10)

Read all of our coverage from Super Tuesday here.

March 10

  • Idaho primaries (D, R)
  • Michigan primaries (D, R)
  • Mississippi primaries (D, R)
  • Missouri primaries (D, R)
  • North Dakota caucuses (D)
  • Washington primaries (D, R)

Read all of our coverage from the March 10 primaries here.

March 12

  • Virgin Islands caucuses

March 14

  • Guam caucuses (R)
  • Northern Marianas convention (D)

March 15

March 17

  • Arizona primary (D)
  • Florida primaries (D, R)
  • Illinois primaries (D, R)
  • Northern Marianas convention (R)

Read all of our coverage from the March 17 primaries here.

March 24

  • American Samoa caucuses (R)

April 2020

April 7

  • Wisconsin primaries (D, R; April 7 is the election date and mail-in vote postmark deadline following court rulings, as of 8 pm ET on April 6)

April 10

  • Alaska primary (D; vote-by-mail only; results will be available no later than 11:59 pm on April 11)

April 17

  • Wyoming caucuses (D; vote-by-mail only)

April 28

May 2020

May 2

  • Kansas primary (D)
  • Guam caucuses (D)

May 7-9

  • Wyoming state convention (R)

May 12

  • Nebraska primaries (D, R)

May 19

  • Oregon primaries (D, R)

June 2020

June 2

  • Delaware primaries (D, R)
  • District of Columbia primaries (D, R)
  • Indiana primaries (D, R)
  • Maryland primaries (D, R)
  • Montana primaries (D, R)
  • New Mexico primaries (D, R)
  • Pennsylvania primaries (D, R)
  • Rhode Island primaries (D, R)
  • South Dakota primaries (D, R)

June 6

  • Virgin Islands caucuses (D)

June 7

  • Puerto Rico primary (R)

June 9

  • Georgia primaries (D, R)
  • West Virginia primaries (D, R)

June 23

  • Kentucky primaries (D, R)
  • New York primaries (D, R)

July 2020

July 7

New Jersey primaries (D, R)

July 11

Louisiana primaries (D, R)

August 2020

August 11

  • Connecticut primaries (D, R)

August 17-20

  • Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Read our coverage of the Democratic convention here.

August 24-27

  • Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina

Read our coverage of the Republican convention here.


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‘Ignition of new war:’ Sudan political parties reject Israel deal

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Sudanese political parties have rejected the government’s decision to normalise relations with Israel, with officials saying they will form an opposition front against the agreement.

Dozens of Sudanese people demonstrated in the capital Khartoum on Friday following the joint statement from Israel, Sudan and the United States on Friday saying that the two countries agreed to “end the state of belligerence between their nations”.

A statement from Sudan’s Popular Congress Party, the second most prominent component of the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) political coalition, said Sudanese people are not obligated to accept the normalisation deal.

“We see that our people, who are being systematically isolated and marginalised from secret deals, are not bound by the normalisation agreement,” the statement said.

“Our people will abide by their historical positions and work through a broad front to resist normalisation and maintain our support for the Palestinian people in order for them to obtain all their legitimate rights.”

Sudan’s former Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi also slammed the announcement, adding that he withdrew from a government-organised religious conference on Saturday in Khartoum in protest.

Al-Mahdi, who is the country’s last democratically elected premier and heads the country’s largest political party, said: “This statement contradicts the Sudanese national law … and contributes to the elimination of the peace project in the Middle East and to preparing for the ignition of a new war.”

Kamal Omar, a leader in the Popular Congress Party, said in a separate statement that Sudan’s transitional government is not elected and therefore not authorised to normalise relations with Israel.

“This transitional government hijacked the Sudanese position to satisfy regional and international intelligence agencies,” he said.

Protesters in Khartoum took to the streets and chanted “no peace, no negotiation, no reconciliation with the occupying entity” and “we will not surrender, we will always stand with Palestine”.

Muhammad Wadaa, a leader in the Sudanese Baath Party, which is part of the FFC, said the anti-normalisation front includes a civil force and influential parties from within and outside the forces of freedom and change.

Wadaa said there are a number of parties within the FFC that warned the transitional government they will withdraw their support if normalisation with Israel was agreed to.

“Normalisation with Israel is a move that is rejected. The government is not authorised to take such a decision with a racist state that practises religious discrimination,” he said.

Wadaa told Al Jazeera that “the government made a big mistake and it is a step that will not achieve economic abundance”.

Palestinian officials reacted with dismay as Sudan became the third country to normalise relations recently, after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the deal and said the only path towards peace is by resorting to international law to make Israel end its occupation of Palestinian territories.

However, according to Al Jazeera’s Nida Ibrahim, many Palestinians believe the PA does not have much to offer other than condemnation.

“For many political analysts here, Palestinians have their backs against the wall and really don’t have much to hope for, other than Trump would not get a second term in office,” she said, speaking from the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

“Many Palestinians on social media say the Sudanese people’s hearts are with the Palestinian people but they were dragged into this by their military rulers.”

On Saturday, Iran’s foreign ministry slammed Sudan’s move, saying: “Pay enough ransom, close your eyes on the crimes against Palestinians, then you’ll be taken off the so-called ‘terrorism’ blacklist.”

“Obviously the list is as phoney as the US fight against terrorism. Shameful!” it added.

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EU border agency ‘involved in illegal pushbacks’ of migrant boats

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Media investigation reveals ‘senior Frontex officials know about illegal practices by Greek border guards’.

Europe’s border security agency Frontex has been involved in several illegal “pushbacks” of migrants and refugees crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece, a media investigation has revealed.

The investigation shows “senior Frontex officials know about illegal practices by Greek border guards – and that some of them are themselves implicated in pushbacks”, Germany’s Der Spiegel said on its website.

Also known as refoulements, “pushbacks” are incidents where refugees or migrants are illegally returned across a border to a country where they could face persecution.

Journalists say they have uncovered six cases since April when Frontex units did nothing to stop refugee boats in Greek waters being returned towards Turkey.

A video from a June incident shows a Frontex boat blocking one with refugees on it. A later shot from the same encounter shows it racing across the bow of the boat before leaving the area.

German public broadcaster ARD, journalist collective Lighthouse Reports, investigative platform Bellingcat and Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi were involved in the investigation alongside Der Spiegel.

The journalists say they compared “dozens” of videos, also checking satellite imagery and eyewitness accounts from refugees, migrants and Frontex workers.

Der Spiegel reported that more than 600 people from the European border agency equipped with boats, drones and aircraft are deployed in Greece, where many migrants first enter the European Union.

It added that Frontex would not comment on the individual cases uncovered by the investigation, but referred to a human rights and non-refoulement code of conduct supposed to bind staff.

On Friday, it posted on Twitter that its actions in support of Greek authorities were “in full respect of fundamental rights and international law”, adding that it “has been in contact with the Greek authorities about some incidents at sea in recent months”.

Athens had launched an “internal inquiry”, it added.

Greece’s conservative government has always rejected claims of illegal pushbacks taking place at its borders, regularly alleged by several charities.

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NASA probe leaking asteroid samples due to jammed door

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Images beamed back to ground control revealed it caught more material than scientists anticipated and was spewing excess of flaky asteroid rocks into space.

A US probe that collected a sample from an asteroid earlier this week retrieved so much material that a rock is wedged in the container door, allowing rocks to spill back out into space.

On Tuesday, the robotic arm of the probe, OSIRIS-REx, kicked up a debris cloud of rocks on Bennu, a skyscraper-sized asteroid some 320 million kilometres (200 million miles) from Earth and trapped the material in a collection device for the return to Earth.

But images of the spacecraft’s collection head beamed back to ground control revealed it had caught more material than scientists anticipated and was spewing an excess of flaky asteroid rocks into space.

The leakage had the OSIRIS-REx mission team scrambling to stow the collection device to prevent additional spillage.

“Time is of the essence,” Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s associate administrator for science, told reporters on Friday.

Zurbuchen said mission teams will skip their chance to measure how much material they collected as originally planned and proceed to the stow phase, a fragile process of tucking the sample collection container in a safe position within the spacecraft without jostling out more valuable material.

NASA will not know how much material it collected until the sample capsule returns in 2023.

The troubleshooting also led mission leaders to forgo any more chances of redoing a collection attempt and instead commit to begin next March the spacecraft’s return to Earth.

“Quite honestly, we could not have performed a better collection experiment,” OSIRIS-REx’s principal investigator Dante Lauretta said.

But with the door lodged open by a rock and the “concerning” images of sample spillage, “we’re almost the victim of our own success here”, he added.

The roughly $800m, minivan-sized OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin, launched in 2016 to grab and return the first US sample of pristine asteroid materials.

Asteroids are among the leftover debris from the solar system’s formation some 4.5 billion years ago.

A sample could hold clues to the origins of life on Earth, scientists say.

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