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Electioneering Communications Periods

Electioneering communications are television and radio communications that refer to a clearly identified federal candidate and are distributed to the relevant electorate within 60 days prior to a general election or 30 days prior to a primary, nominating convention or caucus (including special elections). See 11 CFR 100.29. Individuals and other persons who make electioneering communications that aggregate in excess of $10,000 in the calendar year must file disclosure statements with the Commission within 24 hours of distribution to the public. See 11 CFR 104.20.

The charts below provide a state-by-state breakdown of the electioneering communications periods for Congressional primaries, Presidential primaries, Presidential nominating conventions, the general election and special elections. During these EC periods, 24-hour disclosure of electioneering communications is required. (Use FEC Form 9.)

To see a chronological listing of electioneering communications dates, consult the FEC Calendar.

EC Periods for Congressional Primaries 1

Alabama-Arkansas
California-Connecticut
Delaware-Illinois
Indiana-Maryland
Massachusetts-Nevada
New Hampshire-Oklahoma
Oregon-South Carolina
South Dakota-Texas
Utah-Vermont
Virgin Islands-Virginia
Washington-Wyoming

 

State & Type of Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period
*Alabama Congressional Primary

06/03/08

05/04/08 - 06/03/08

Primary Runoff

07/15/08

06/15/08 - 07/15/08
*Alaska Congressional Primary

08/26/08

07/27/08 - 08/26/08
American Samoa Congressional Primary

11/04/08

10/05/08 - 11/04/08
Arizona Congressional Primary

09/02/08

08/03/08 - 09/02/08
*Arkansas Congressional Primary

05/20/08

04/20/08 - 05/20/08

Primary Runoff

06/10/08

05/11/08 - 06/10/08
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period

California Congressional Primary

06/03/08

05/04/08 - 06/03/08
*Colorado Congressional Primary

08/12/08

07/13/08 - 08/12/08
Connecticut Congressional Primary

08/12/08 2

07/13/08 - 08/12/08
Connecticut Congressional Conventions -- Democratic Party

05/12/08 2

04/12/08 - 05/12/08
Connecticut Congressional Conventions -- Republican Party

05/10/08 2

04/10/08 - 05/10/08
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period

*Delaware Congressional Primary

09/09/08

08/10/08 - 09/09/08
District of Columbia Congressional Primary

09/09/08

08/10/08 - 09/09/08
Florida Congressional Primary

08/26/08

07/27/08 - 08/26/08
*Georgia Congressional Primary

07/15/08

06/15/08 - 07/15/08

Primary Runoff

08/05/08

07/06/08 - 08/05/08

General Runoff

12/02/08

10/03/08 - 12/02/08
Guam Congressional Primary

09/06/08

08/07/08 - 09/06/08
Hawaii Congressional Primary

09/20/08

08/21/08 - 09/20/08
*Idaho Congressional Primary

05/27/08

04/27/08 - 05/27/08
*Illinois Congressional Primary

02/05/08

01/06/08 - 02/05/08
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period

Indiana Congressional Primary

05/06/08 2

04/06/08 - 05/06/08
Indiana Congressional Convention -- Libertarian Party
04/26/08 2
03/27/08 - 04/26/08
*Iowa Congressional Primary

06/03/08

05/04/08 - 06/03/08
*Kansas Congressional Primary

08/05/08 2

07/06/08 - 08/05/08
*Kentucky Congressional Primary

05/20/08

04/20/08 - 05/20/08
*Louisiana Congressional Primary **CANCELED**

09/06/08

08/07/08 - 09/06/08
*Louisiana Congressional Primary

10/04/08

09/04/08 - 10/04/08

Primary Runoff

11/04/08 3

10/05/08 - 11/04/08

General Election

12/06/08 3

10/07/08 - 12/06/08
*Maine Congressional Primary

06/10/08

05/11/08 - 06/10/08
Maryland Congressional Primary

02/12/08

01/13/08 - 02/12/08
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period

*Massachusetts Congressional Primary

09/16/08

08/17/08 - 09/16/08
*Michigan Congressional Primary

08/05/08 2

07/06/08 - 08/05/08
*Michigan Congressional Convention -- Green Party

07/27/08 2

06/27/08 - 07/27/08
*Michigan Congressional Convention -- Libertarian Party

06/07/08 2

05/08/08 - 06/07/08
*Michigan Congressional Convention -- US Taxpayers Party

05/03/08 2

04/03/08 - 05/03/08
*Minnesota Congressional Primary

09/09/08

08/10/08 - 09/09/08
*Mississippi Congressional Primary

03/11/08

02/10/08 - 03/11/08

Primary Runoff

04/01/08

03/02/08 - 04/01/08
Missouri Congressional Primary

08/05/08

07/06/08 - 08/05/08
*Montana Congressional Primary

06/03/08

05/04/08 - 06/03/08
*Nebraska Congressional Primary

05/13/08

04/13/08 - 05/13/08
Nevada Congressional Primary

08/12/08

07/13/08 - 08/12/08
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period

*New Hampshire Congressional Primary

09/09/08

08/10/08 - 09/09/08
*New Jersey Congressional Primary

06/03/08

05/04/08 - 06/03/08
*New Mexico Congressional Primary

06/03/08

05/04/08 - 06/03/08
New York Congressional Primary

09/09/08

08/10/08 - 09/09/08
*North Carolina Congressional Primary

05/06/08

04/06/08 - 05/06/08

Primary Runoff

06/24/08

05/25/08 - 06/24/08
North Dakota Congressional Primary

06/10/08

05/11/08 - 06/10/08
Ohio Congressional Primary

03/04/08

02/03/08 - 03/04/08
*Oklahoma Congressional Primary

07/29/08

06/29/08 - 07/29/08

Primary Runoff

08/26/08

07/27/08 - 08/26/08
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period

*Oregon Congressional Primary

05/20/08

04/20/08 - 05/20/08
*Oregon Congressional Convention -- Libertarian Party

06/01/08

05/02/08 - 06/01/08
Pennsylvania Congressional Primary

04/22/08

03/23/08 - 04/22/08
Puerto Rico Congressional Primary

03/09/08

02/08/08 - 03/09/08
*Rhode Island Congressional Primary

09/09/08

08/10/08 - 09/09/08
*South Carolina Congressional Primary

06/10/08 2

05/11/08 - 06/10/08

Primary Runoff

06/24/08

05/25/08 - 06/24/08
*South Carolina Congressional Convention -- Constitution Party

05/10/08 2

04/10/08 - 05/10/08
*South Carolina Congressional Convention -- Green Party

05/03/08 2

04/03/08 - 05/03/08
*South Carolina Congressional Convention -- Working Families Party

05/10/08 2

04/10/08 - 05/10/08
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period

*South Dakota Congressional Primary

06/03/08

05/04/08 - 06/03/08

Primary Runoff

06/17/08

05/18/08 - 06/17/08
*Tennessee Congressional Primary

08/07/08

07/08/08 - 08/07/08
*Texas Congressional Primary

03/04/08 2

02/03/08 - 03/04/08

Primary Runoff

04/08/08

03/09/08 - 04/08/08
*Texas Minor Party Senate Convention
06/14/08
05/15/08 - 06/14/08

Texas House -- Minor Party Convention  [Dist. #s 7, 16, 18, 20, 29, 30, 32]

03/15/08 2
02/14/08 - 03/15/08

Texas House -- Minor Party Convention  [Dist. #s 1-6, 8-15, 17, 19, 21-28, 31]

03/22/08 2

02/21/08 - 03/22/08
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period

Utah Congressional Primary

06/24/08 2

05/25/08 - 06/24/08
Utah Congressional Convention -- Constitution Party

04/19/08 2

03/20/08 - 04/19/08
Utah Congressional Convention -- Democratic Party

05/10/08 2

04/10/08 - 05/10/08
Utah Congressional Convention -- Libertarian Party

04/19/08 2

03/20/08 - 04/19/08
Utah Congressional Convention -- Republican Party

05/10/08 2

04/10/08 - 05/10/08
Vermont Congressional Primary

09/09/08

08/10/08 - 09/09/08
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period

Virgin Islands Congressional Primary

09/13/08

08/14/08 - 09/13/08
*Virginia Congressional Primary

06/10/08 2

05/11/08 - 06/10/08
*Virginia Senate -- Republican Party Convention 05/31/08 2 05/01/08 - 05/31/08
Virginia Congressional Conventions -- Democratic Party [Dist. #s 1, 4, 5 & 9]

05/17/08 2

04/17/08 - 05/17/08
Virginia Congressional Convention -- Democratic Party [Dist. #6]

05/24/08 2

04/24/08 - 05/24/08
Virginia Congressional Convention -- Republican Party [Dist. #3]

05/17/08 2

04/17/08 - 05/17/08
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period

Washington Congressional Primary

08/19/08

07/20/08 - 08/19/08
*West Virginia Congressional Primary

05/13/08 2

04/13/08 - 05/13/08
*Wisconsin Congressional Primary

09/09/08

08/10/08 - 09/09/08
*Wyoming Congressional Primary

08/19/08

07/20/08 - 08/19/08

* States holding 2008 Senate elections.

1 Election dates are subject to change.  This chart will be updated as additional information becomes available.

2 In Connecticut and Utah, conventions are held by the political parties prior to the primary.  In Virginia, parties may choose to nominate by convention rather than by primary election. (In other states, such as Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia, it is possible that minor parties may schedule conventions to nominate candidates.)

3 If a Primary Runoff Election is necessary, it will be held on November 4, 2008. The General Election will instead be held on December 6, 2008, in the affected Congressional Districts.


EC Periods for Presidential Primary Elections 4

Alabama-Colorado
Connecticut-Guam
Hawaii-Kentucky
Louisiana-Missouri
Montana-New York
North Carolina-Rhode Island
South Carolina-Virgin Islands
Virginia-Wyoming
 

State & Type of Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period

Alabama Presidential Primary

02/05/08

01/06/08 - 02/05/08
Alaska Presidential Caucus 02/05/08 01/06/08 - 02/05/08
American Samoa Presidential Caucus (D) 02/05/08 01/06/08 - 02/05/08
American Samoa Presidential Caucus (R) 02/23/08 01/24/08 - 02/23/08
Arizona Presidential Primary

02/05/08

01/06/08 - 02/05/08
Arkansas Presidential Primary

02/05/08

01/06/08 - 02/05/08
California Presidential Primary

02/05/08

01/06/08 - 02/05/08
Colorado Presidential Caucus

02/05/08

01/06/08 - 02/05/08
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period

Connecticut Presidential Primary

02/05/08

01/06/08 - 02/05/08
Delaware Presidential Primary

02/05/08

01/06/08 - 02/05/08
District of Columbia Presidential Primary 02/12/08 01/13/08 - 02/12/08
Florida Presidential Primary

01/29/08

12/30/07 - 01/29/08
Georgia Presidential Primary

02/05/08

01/06/08 - 02/05/08
Guam Presidential Caucus (D) 05/03/08 04/03/08 - 05/03/08
Guam Presidential Convention (R) 03/08/08 02/07/08 - 03/08/08
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period

Hawaii Presidential Caucus (D)

02/19/08

01/20/08 - 02/19/08
Hawaii Presidential Convention (R)

02/07/08

01/08/08 - 02/07/08
Idaho Presidential Caucus (D)

02/05/08

01/06/08 - 02/05/08
Idaho Presidential Primary

05/27/08

04/27/08 - 05/27/08
Illinois Presidential Primary

02/05/08

01/06/08 - 02/05/08
Indiana Presidential Primary

05/06/08

04/06/08 - 05/06/08
Iowa Presidential Caucus

01/03/08

12/04/07 - 01/03/08
Kansas Presidential Caucus (D)

02/05/08

01/06/08 - 02/05/08
Kansas Presidential Convention (R) 02/09/08 01/10/08 - 02/09/08
Kentucky Presidential Primary

05/20/08

04/20/08 - 05/20/08
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period

Louisiana Presidential Primary

02/09/08

01/10/08 - 02/09/08
Maine Presidential Caucus (D)

02/10/08

01/11/08 - 02/10/08
Maine Presidential Caucus (R)

02/01/08

01/02/08 - 02/01/08
Maryland Presidential Primary

02/12/08

01/13/08 - 02/12/08
Massachusetts Presidential Primary

02/05/08

01/06/08 - 02/05/08
Michigan Presidential Primary

01/15/08

12/16/07 - 01/15/08
Minnesota Presidential Caucus

02/05/08

01/06/08 - 02/05/08
Mississippi Presidential Primary

03/11/08

02/10/08 - 03/11/08
Missouri Presidential Primary

02/05/08

01/06/08 - 02/05/08
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period

Montana Presidential Primary

06/03/08

05/04/08 - 06/03/08
Nebraska Presidential Caucus (D)

02/09/08

01/10/08 - 02/09/08
Nebraska Presidential Primary

05/13/08

04/13/08 - 05/13/08
Nevada Presidential Caucus

01/19/08

12/20/07 - 01/19/08
New Hampshire Presidential Primary

01/08/08

12/09/07 - 01/08/08
New Jersey Presidential Primary

02/05/08

01/06/08 - 02/05/08
New Mexico Presidential Caucus (D)

02/05/08

01/06/08 - 02/05/08
New Mexico Presidential Primary (R)

06/03/08

05/04/08 - 06/03/08
New York Presidential Primary

02/05/08

01/06/08 - 02/05/08
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period

North Carolina Presidential Primary

05/06/08

04/06/08 - 05/06/08
North Dakota Presidential Caucus

02/05/08

01/06/08 - 02/05/08
Ohio Presidential Primary

03/04/08

02/03/08 - 03/04/08
Oklahoma Presidential Primary

02/05/08

01/06/08 - 02/05/08
Oregon Presidential Primary

05/20/08

04/20/08 - 05/20/08
Pennsylvania Presidential Primary

04/22/08

03/23/08 - 04/22/08
Puerto Rico Presidential Caucus (D) 06/01/08 05/02/08 - 06/01/08
Puerto Rico Presidential Caucus (R) 02/24/08 01/25/08 - 02/24/08
Rhode Island Presidential Primary

03/04/08

02/03/08 - 03/04/08
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period

South Carolina Presidential Primary (D)

01/26/08

12/27/07 - 01/26/08
South Carolina Presidential Convention (R)

01/19/08

12/20/07 - 01/19/08
South Dakota Presidential Primary

06/03/08

05/04/08 - 06/03/08
Tennessee Presidential Primary

02/05/08

01/06/08 - 02/05/08
Texas Presidential Primary

03/04/08

02/03/08 - 03/04/08
Utah Presidential Primary

02/05/08

01/06/08 - 02/05/08
Vermont Presidential Primary

03/04/08

02/03/08 - 03/04/08
Virgin Islands Presidential Caucus (D)

02/09/08

01/10/08 - 02/09/08
Virgin Islands Presidential Caucus (R)

04/05/08

03/06/08 - 04/05/08
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period

Virginia Presidential Primary

02/12/08

01/13/08 - 02/12/08
Washington Presidential Caucuses

02/09/08

01/10/08 - 02/09/08
Washington Presidential Primary

02/19/08

01/20/08 - 02/19/08
West Virginia Presidential Primary

05/13/08

04/13/08 - 05/13/08
Wisconsin Presidential Primary

02/19/08

01/20/08 - 02/19/08
Wyoming Presidential Caucus (D)

03/08/08

02/07/08 - 03/08/08
Wyoming Presidential Convention (R) 01/05/08 12/06/07 - 01/05/08

4 Because delegate selection rules vary by state and by party, some Presidential election, caucus and convention dates are not yet available, and the published dates are subject to change.  In some states, for example, one or both major parties intend to hold caucuses but have not finalized their plans.  To account for these and other similar situations, this chart will be updated as additional information becomes available.

 


EC Periods for National Party Conventions 5

Party

Convention Dates

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period

Democrat

08/25/08 - 08/28/08

07/29/08 - 08/28/08
Republican 09/01/08 - 09/04/08 08/05/08 - 09/04/08

5 This chart will be updated as information on the dates for additional national party conventions becomes available.

 


EC Period for the General Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period

General Election

11/04/08

09/05/08 - 11/04/08

 

 


EC Period for Special Elections

Special Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period

California 12th District
Special General
04/08/08
02/08/08 - 04/08/08
California 12th District
Special General Runoff
06/03/08
04/04/08 - 06/03/08
Illinois 14th District
Special Primary

02/05/08

01/06/08 - 02/05/08
Illinois 14th District
Special General

03/08/08

01/08/08 - 03/08/08
Indiana 7th District
Special General
03/11/08
01/11/08 - 03/11/08
Louisiana 1st District
Special Primary

03/08/08

02/07/08 - 03/08/08
Louisiana 1st District
Special Primary Runoff

04/05/08 6

03/06/08 - 04/05/08
Louisiana 1st District
Special General

04/05/08 6

02/05/08 - 04/05/08
Louisiana 1st District
Special General

05/03/08 6

03/04/08 - 05/03/08
Louisiana 6th District
Special Primary

03/08/08

02/07/08 - 03/08/08
Louisiana 6th District
Special Primary Runoff

04/05/08 6

03/06/08 - 04/05/08
Louisiana 6th District
Special General

04/05/08 6

02/05/08 - 04/05/08
Louisiana 6th District
Special General

05/03/08 6

03/04/08 - 05/03/08
Maryland 4th District
Special General
06/17/08
04/18/08 - 06/17/08
Mississippi Senate
Special General

11/04/08

09/05/08 - 11/04/08
Mississippi Senate
Special General Runoff

11/25/08

09/26/08 - 11/25/08
Mississippi 1st District
Special General
04/22/08
02/22/08 - 04/22/08
Mississippi 1st District
Special General Runoff
05/13/08
03/14/08 - 05/13/08
Ohio 11th District
Special Primary

10/14/08

09/14/08 - 10/14/08
Ohio 11th District
Special General
11/18/08
09/19/08 - 11/18/08

6 In the event that Special Runoff Elections are NOT necessary, the Special General Election will be held on April 5, 2008, instead of May 3, 2008.