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Plain Language

The Federal Election Commission has a long-standing commitment to using plain language in its publications and other documents. Examples appear throughout our website, and especially on our Publications web page.

The Plain Writing Act of 2010Adobe Acrobat Reader icon requires federal agencies to write "clear Government communication that the public can understand and use." In keeping with the requirements of the new law, the FEC will train its employees on the Federal Plain Language Guidelines to ensure that by October 2011 we write all new documents in plain language.

You can help us comply with the Act by letting us know if you have trouble understanding our documents or the pages on our website:

We have assigned the following staff members to oversee our plain language efforts:

The law requires us to use plain language in any document that:

Again, we ask that you please let us know if we haven't written a document in plain language:

Our annual compliance report, dated April 13, 2017, is available here.