Thousands of prosecutors, sheriffs, governors, mayors, and other state and local officials will be elected in 2020, on the heels of a series of wins by candidates who ran on fighting mass incarceration in 2019. These offices set the policies that shape the prison population, the criminal legal system, cooperation with ICE, and much more.
This page features The Appeal: Political Report’s reporting and analyses of these often-overlooked but crucial elections.
You can now use our interactive tool to track our still-ongoing coverage of these battlegrounds. Or else explore chronologically below. And note that this map is not exhaustive of the hundreds of 2020 races with implications for criminal justice.
Key races: Referendum Sheriff Prosecutor Judges Other State or Local Officials
To use the interactive version of the map, please use a nonmobile device.
And the Political Report provides additional resources: A calendar of 2020 elections, with the full list of counties electing their sheriffs and prosecutors. A spreadsheet that identifies candidates for prosecutor and sheriff shortly after a state’s filing deadline.