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Quick Rundown of Major State Elections for Nov. 2021

 With 31 days until the Nov. 2 general election, some voter registration deadlines are approaching. Here’s a quick breakdown of some of those deadlines.

Texas: the voter registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 4Voters can check their registration status here.

  • Ballot measures: Voters in Texas will decide eight statewide ballot measures at the general election. All eight measures are constitutional amendments placed on the ballot by the Texas State Legislature.

Virginiathe voter registration deadline is Oct. 11.Voters can check their registration status here.

  • State executives: Three state executive offices are on the statewide ballot this year: governorlieutenant governor, and attorney general. Democrats currently hold all three positions but only one incumbent—Atty. Gen. Mark Herring (D)—is seeking re-election, leaving the other two offices open. 
  • State legislative: All 100 seats of the Virginia House of Delegates are also up for election making this the first election cycle since 1999 with Democrats defending a majority in the chamber. 

New Jerseythe voter registration deadline is Oct. 12Voters can check their registration status here.

  • State executive: Voters will cast their ballots for governor and lieutenant governor as incumbent Gov. Phil Murphy (D) faces former state Assm. Jack Ciattarelli (R) and three others. In New Jersey, the outcome of the gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election defines the rest of the executive branch: the offices—elected on a joint ticket—are the only directly-elected executive officials in the state, with the remainder being appointed by the governor. 
  • State legislative: All state legislative seats in the state Senate and General Assembly are also up for election. Democrats currently hold majorities in both chambers. 
  • Ballot measures: Voters will also decide two statewide ballot measures, both of which are constitutional amendments placed on the ballot by the legislature. 

Pennsylvania: the voter registration deadline is Oct. 18Voters can check their registration status here.

  • State courts: Pennsylvanians will elect a new state supreme court justice. Justice Thomas Saylor (R) could not seek re-election due to reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75. Voters will decide his replacement between Maria McLaughlin (D), a judge of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, and Kevin Brobson (R), a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court judge. In addition to the supreme court election, seven positions on the state’s intermediate appellate courts are also up for election. Three of those are partisan elections while the other four are retention elections.
  • Ballot measures: Voters will also decide four statewide ballot measures, three of which are constitutional amendments placed on the ballot by the legislature. The fourth measure is a legislatively referred state statute.

Washingtonthe voter registration deadline is Oct. 25. Voters can check their registration status here.

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