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Election 2020 Calendar


Americans will vote for the president of the United States on Tuesday, November 3. The months leading up to Election Day will be busy. This calendar will help you keep track of important dates and know what to expect along the way.


Democratic National Convention

August 17–August 20

The 2020 Democratic National Convention was supposed to be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, it will now take place remotely from locations across the country. Democrats will officially nominate Joe Biden for president. Biden plans to deliver his acceptance speech from Delaware, his home state, on August 20.

Republican National Convention

August 24–August 27

Most of the 2020 Republican National Convention was scheduled to take place over four days in Jacksonville, Florida. Now it will be held remotely because of the pandemic. Republicans will officially nominate Donald Trump for president. Trump is scheduled to give his acceptance speech on August 27.


First Presidential Debate

September 29, 2020

President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will meet for their first debate. The event will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, at Case Western Reserve University’s Health Education Campus, at the Cleveland Clinic. (Originally, the debate was to be hosted by the University of Notre Dame, in Notre Dame, Indiana. The school changed its plans because of the coronavirus pandemic.)


Vice-Presidential Debate

October 7, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence and the Democratic vice-presidential nominee will meet for their first—and only—debate. It will be hosted by the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Second Presidential Debate

October 15, 2020

Trump and Biden will meet in Miami, Florida, for their second debate. It will take place at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

Third Presidential Debate

October 22, 2020

The third and final presidential debate will take place at Belmont University, in Nashville, Tennessee.


Election Day

November 3

On this day, Americans in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., will vote for president.


Inauguration Day

January 20, 2021

The winning candidate will be sworn in as president of the United States. The inauguration will take place at the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, D.C.

This story was updated on September 29.

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