Key dates in the 2024 presidential election

Primaries, conventions, and court dates — oh my!

Calendar pages, dates and ballots
There are primaries and caucuses and conventions and — if you're Donald Trump — a host of scheduled court appearances
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Depending on how you look at it, our entry into 2024 is either long overdue, or wildly ahead of schedule. For those who have dreaded this moment, 2024 marks the moment in which the presidential election begins in earnest, relegating last year's frustrations and acrimonious jockeying to the role of mere appetizer ahead of the upcoming main course. To those who welcome the onset of 2024, the reason is largely the same — just with a positive spin to it. 

Wherever you fall along this spectrum of optimism and dread, there's no denying that with 2023 fully in our collective rearview mirror, the year ahead will be in large part defined by the race to either continue or supplant President Joe Biden's administration for the remaining bulk of the decade. While early and mail-in voting laws have largely made the notion of a single election "day" an obsolete throwback to simpler times, we nevertheless look to "the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November" as the culmination point of the year's (or two, or three or four's) frenetic politicking. 

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Rafi Schwartz, The Week US

Rafi Schwartz has worked as a politics writer at The Week since 2022, where he covers elections, Congress and the White House. He was previously a contributing writer with Mic focusing largely on politics, a senior writer with Splinter News, a staff writer for Fusion's news lab, and the managing editor of Heeb Magazine, a Jewish life and culture publication. Rafi's work has appeared in Rolling Stone, GOOD and The Forward, among others.