On November 6, 2015, the Commission voted not to initiate a rulemaking in response to a petition filed by Level the Playing Field that sought changes to the candidate debate regulations at 11 CFR 110.13.
The petition, made available for public comment in November 2014, asked that the Commission revise the criteria governing the inclusion of candidates in presidential and vice presidential debates. See 11 CFR 110.13(c). Specifically, Level the Playing Field asked the Commission to require debate staging organizations to have a set of objective, unbiased criteria for debate participation that do not require candidates to satisfy a polling threshold.
After evaluating the petition and the public comments received, the Commission decided not to initiate a rulemaking. A Notice of Disposition was published in the Federal Register at 80 Fed. Reg. 72616 (November 20, 2015).
- Federal Register Notice of Disposition [PDF]
- Concurring statement by Commissioner Lee E. Goodman [PDF]
- Searchable electronic rulemaking system