Candidates who've been campaigning in New Hampshire for months will find out this week when they'll be able to officially sign up for the first-in-the-nation presidential primaries.
Secretary of State Bill Gardner says he will announce the dates of the 2020 filing period early this week. During the roughly 12-day period, candidates or their representatives sign paperwork in Gardiner's office and pay $1,000 to get on the ballot.
Gardner has not yet set a date for the primaries, but barring attempts by other states to leap ahead, he's expected to pick Feb. 11, eight days after the Iowa caucuses.
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For the 2016 election, he waited until eight weeks before the Feb. 9 primary to officially set the date. The filing period for that election ran from Nov. 4-20.