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Presidential elections

This page summarizes information for citizens particular to presidential elections.

Public funding of presidential elections

Every presidential election since 1976 has been financed, in part, with public funds. Under the program, eligible presidential candidates receive federal government funds to pay for the valid expenses of their political campaigns in both the primary and general elections. 

  • The public funding brochure explains the history of public funding and how public funding works. 
  • The $3 tax checkoff brochure describes the tax checkoff used to finance the presidential public funding program.

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.