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Presidential elections

Learn about the financing of presidential elections, the rules for convention delegates and the electoral college system used to elect the President of the United States.

Public funding of presidential elections

In place since 1976, the presidential public funding program provides eligible presidential candidates federal government funds to pay for the valid expenses of their political campaigns in both the primary and general elections. 

Rules for national convention delegates

Individuals seeking to become or serving as convention delegates are not considered federal candidates. Nevertheless, certain FEC rules do apply to any individual who is seeking selection, or who has already been selected, as a delegate to a national nominating convention or as a delegate to any state or local convention or caucus that is held to select delegates to a national nominating convention.

Electoral college

The FEC has no jurisdiction over the Electoral College. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the federal agency responsible for coordinating activities of States and Congress regarding the Electoral College vote for President.