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Election Deadlines

So I tried to get ChatGPT to actually find each States Election Deadlines, and it crapped out with this fake table. Then I asked it to search specifically for each State one by one, and it only did Alabama of which their deadline is August 15, earlier than the Dem Convention of Aug 19 to 22. Hmmmmm

Certification of Nomination Deadlines for Presidential Candidates in Alabama

For the 2024 presidential election, Alabama has set specific deadlines for the certification of nominations by political parties. Here are the details:

  1. Certification Deadline: Political parties must submit their certification of nomination for President and Vice President no later than August 15, 2024. This deadline ensures that the candidates’ names appear on the general election ballot in November.
  2. Context: This deadline is crucial because it falls just before the national conventions, ensuring that all necessary paperwork is completed promptly to facilitate ballot preparation.

I found a document from 2020 that already summarized each state, and that is HERE

Chatty then came up with this:

Alabama: August 15, 2024.

Alaska: September 4, 2024.

Arizona: September 6, 2024.

Arkansas: August 1, 2024.

California: August 9, 2024. {after an hour of research, it was found the real deadline is a soft deadline of August 24th, see below}

“The document provided was from 2020, so it would be disastrous for the dem party to miss the deadline on California, so can you deep dive on California’s deadline for certification? using 2024 laws and regs.” was asked of Chat


They start off with a Climate Scare:

“If you choose Trump, You will all burn up!!!!”

The summary table for California is vague, what is this notice to candidates 73 days before the election, Aug 24. 73 is rather an odd number too, just saying. SPOILER: It took me an hour, but finally got to the meat of the matter, and California just changed their laws this year and that law allows a “soft deadline” of Aug 24 to submit the candidate, unless the national convention had not occurred, and then that party can just submit all presumptive candidates, like Gaven Newsome, with no deadline to ever submit the final choice. Seriously folks, they just changed the law this year, as if they have AI working on “how can we delay and cheat the most”. The details are in 6901.5 as listed far below.

It is fairly odd that the Republican and Democrat parties are so enshrined within California law as to have separate sections of the law define the requirements for each party. The below applies to a “primary election”, and 88 days before would be August 9th in relation to the Presidential election, just saying.


(a) The Secretary of State shall place the name of a candidate upon the Republican presidential primary ballot when the Secretary of State has determined that the candidate is generally advocated for or recognized throughout the United States or California as a candidate for the nomination of the Republican Party for President of the United States.

(b) On or before the 88th day preceding a presidential primary election the Secretary of State shall publicly announce and distribute to the news media for publication a list of the candidates the Secretary of State intends to place on the ballot at the following presidential primary election. Following this announcement the Secretary of State may add candidates to the Secretary of State’s selection, but the Secretary of State shall not delete any candidate whose name appears on the announced list.

(Amended by Stats. 2019, Ch. 149, Sec. 8. (SB 505) Effective July 30, 2019.)

The procedures for the actual Presidential election do not seem to be defined….but they do seem sincere on being available to and and all the minority groups in California. You can “email” them, but not really…you have to use their form, which is a denial of communication due to too lengthy, and no tracking (like if you used your standard email program in which your outgoing email would be preserved). Form is below the contact page.

Chat has now determined that the Certification date must be August 15th because that aligns with the “randomized alphabet drawing for the order of the candidates”, which is still a leap of logic, since they could take the 5 parties that they have separate sections in the code, in order in the code: Democrat, Republican, American Independent Party, Peace and Freedom Party, Green Party. And do the randomized selection, even if one of those parties failed to send in their certification at a later date.

They publish a General Elections calendar, which is detailed, and cites relevant code. This snippet is an example, but it appears to be for the counties, since you would think the Presidential race details would happen at the State level, by the pHD Secretary of State

Here is the calendar link


AH!!! Here it is, 8-22-2024 is the real deadline, although it is a “soft” deadline (if the national convention has not yet been held). Aiyaiyai!!!

Cool, they just amended this section in 2024, Jan 1.


“Added by Stats 2023 ch 72 (SB 437),s 1, eff. 1/1/2024.” Cal. Elec. Code § 6901.5

The “Electors” are important, and there meeting after the election and prior to the “Crowning Ceremony” is where the State’s Electoral College points are issued/appointed. They just changed this law too, allowing for the chance of a “State of Emergency” in which case they can meet in any secret place they want to “Elect the President”. Not fishy at all.

And what is this BS on picking that meeting date….is this intentional to throw off AI attempts at summarizing the dates?

(a) The electors chosen shall assemble at the State Capitol at 2 o’clock in the afternoon on the first Tuesday after the second Wednesday in December next following their election.

OK Here are some other Heavy Hitters in the Electoral College:


  • Official Deadline: August 9, 2024.
  • Soft Deadline: August 24, 2024.


  • Deadline: The party’s state chair must deliver the written certification of the names of the party’s nominees for president and vice-president, and the names and residence addresses of the 40 presidential elector candidates to the Secretary of State by 5 p.m. on the 71st day before the presidential election day. This falls around August 26, 2024​ (Texas Secretary of State)​​ (Texas Secretary of State)​.


  • Deadline: No later than noon on August 24, 2024, the major political party must submit a certified list of the presidential electors who have been selected and sworn to represent the party candidate nominee if the candidate nominee wins the General Election in November​ (Florida Department of State)​​ (MyFloridaElections)​.

Chat say

Deadlines for Presidential Candidate Certification in New York and New Jersey for the 2024 General Election

New York:

  1. Certificate of Nomination Deadline: The official deadline for submitting certificates of nomination for President and Vice President in New York is September 12, 2024.
  2. Petition Submission Deadline: For independent candidates, the petitions must be submitted by August 2, 2024.
  3. General Requirements: Major political parties must also submit a list of their presidential electors by this deadline to ensure proper preparation and inclusion on the general election ballot​ (New York State Board of Elections)​​ (New York State Board of Elections)​​ (Ballotpedia)​.

New Jersey:

  1. Certificate of Nomination Deadline: The exact deadline for submitting certificates of nomination for President and Vice President in New Jersey for the 2024 election cycle is July 29, 2024.
  2. Petition Submission Deadline: Independent candidates must submit their nominating petitions by July 29, 2024.
  3. General Requirements: These deadlines ensure all candidate names are finalized for ballot printing and distribution for the November general election​ (New York State Board of Elections)​​ (Ballotpedia)​​ (New York State Board of Elections)​.

For the most accurate and up-to-date information, please refer to the New York and New Jersey State Board of Elections websites or contact their offices directly.

LOL Jersey does the same BS confusion

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