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North Carolina special election reporting: 9th district (2019)

March 25, 2019
North Carolina's 9th congressional district map (2019)

North Carolina has scheduled special elections to fill the 9th congressional district House seat. The Special Primary will be May 14, 2019. If the Special Runoff is needed, it will take place on September 10, 2019, and the Special General will be November 5, 2019. If a Special Runoff Election is not necessary, the Special General Election will be held on September 10, 2019.

Filing schedule for candidates

Candidate committees involved in only the Special Primary Election (05/14/19) must follow this reporting schedule:

Report Reporting period Reg./cert. & overnight mailing deadline Filing deadline
Pre-Primary 04/01/19 - 04/24/19 04/29/19 05/02/19
48-Hour Notices 04/25/19 - 05/11/19 n/a See supp filing info
July Quarterly 04/25/19 - 06/30/19 07/15/19 07/15/19

If only two elections are held, candidate committees involved in both the Special Primary Election (05/14/19) and Special General Election (09/10/19) must follow this reporting schedule:

Report Reporting period Reg./cert. & overnight mailing deadline Filing deadline
Pre-Primary 04/01/19 - 04/24/19 04/29/19 05/02/19
48-Hour Notices 04/25/19 - 05/11/19 n/a See supp filing info
July Quarterly 04/25/19 - 06/30/19 07/15/19 07/15/19
Pre-General 07/01/19 - 08/21/19 08/26/19 08/29/19
48-Hour Notices 08/22/19 - 09/07/19 n/a See supp filing info
Post-General 08/22/19 - 09/30/19 10/10/19 10/10/19
October Quarterly ---- WAIVED ----
Year-End 10/01/19 - 12/31/19 01/31/20 01/31/20

If three elections are held, candidate committees involved in only the Special Primary Election (05/14/19) and the Special Runoff Election (09/10/19) must follow this reporting schedule:

Report Reporting period Reg./cert. & overnight mailing deadline Filing deadline
Pre-Primary 04/01/19 - 04/24/19 04/29/19 05/02/19
48-Hour Notices 04/25/19 - 05/11/19 n/a See supp filing info
July Quarterly 04/25/19 - 06/30/19 07/15/19 07/15/19
Pre-Runoff 07/01/19 - 08/21/19 08/26/19 08/29/19
48-Hour Notices 08/22/19 - 09/07/19 n/a See supp filing info
October Quarterly 08/22/19 - 09/30/19 10/15/19 10/15/19

If three elections are held, candidate committees involved in the Special Primary Election (05/14/19), the Special Runoff Election (09/10/19) and the Special General Election (11/05/19) must follow this reporting schedule:

Report Reporting period Reg./cert. & overnight mailing deadline Filing deadline
Pre-Primary 04/01/19 - 04/24/19 04/29/19 05/02/19
48-Hour Notices 04/25/19 - 05/11/19 n/a See supp filing info
July Quarterly 04/25/19 - 06/30/19 07/15/19 07/15/19
Pre-Runoff 07/01/19 - 08/21/19 08/26/19 08/29/19
48-Hour Notices 08/22/19 - 09/07/19 n/a See supp filing info
October Quarterly ---- WAIVED ----
Pre-General 08/22/19 - 10/16/19 10/21/19 10/24/19
48-Hour Notices 10/17/19 - 11/02/19 n/a See supp filing info
Post-General 10/17/19 - 11/25/19 12/05/19 12/05/19
Year-End 11/26/19 - 12/31/19 01/31/20 01/31/20

Additional details are available on the Commission’s website.

Filing schedule for PACs and party committees

Quarterly-filing PACs and party committees that participate in this election generally follow the schedule outlined above, but do not file 48-hour notices for last-minute contributions. PACs and party committees that file monthly must continue to file according to their regular filing schedule. Additional details are available in the Federal Register notice.

Filing electronically

Reports filed electronically must be received and validated by the Commission by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the applicable filing deadline. Electronic filers who instead file on paper or submit an electronic report that does not pass the Commission’s validation program by the filing deadline will be considered nonfilers and may be subject to enforcement actions, including administrative fines.

Timely filing for paper filers

Registered and certified mail

Pre-election reports sent by registered or certified mail must be postmarked on or before the mailing deadline to be considered timely filed; other reports must be postmarked by the filing deadline. A committee sending its reports by certified or registered mail should keep its mailing receipt with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) postmark as proof of mailing because the USPS does not keep complete records of items sent by certified or registered mail.

Overnight mail

Reports filed via overnight mail will be considered timely filed if the report is received by the delivery service on or before the mailing/filing deadline. “Overnight mail” includes Priority or Priority Express Mail having a delivery confirmation, or an overnight service with which the report is scheduled for next business day delivery and is recorded in the service’s online tracking system. A committee sending its reports by Priority Mail or Priority Express Mail, or by an overnight delivery service, should keep its proof of mailing or other means of transmittal of its reports.

Other means of filing

Reports sent by other means—including first class mail and courier—must be received by the FEC before the Commission’s close of business on the filing deadline. (If the deadline falls on a weekend or federal holiday, such filers should plan accordingly and file reports by the close of business on the last business day before the filing deadline.)

Forms are available for downloading and printing at the FEC’s website.

48-hour contribution notices

A participating candidate’s principal campaign committee must file a 48-hour notice each time it receives a contribution of $1,000 or more per source during the periods listed in the charts.

24- and 48-hour reports of independent expenditures

Political committees and other persons must file 24-hour reports of independent expenditures that aggregate $1,000 or more made less than 20 days but more than 24 hours before an election. For the special elections, the 24-hour reporting periods are:

  • For the special primary: April 25–May 12, 2019;
  • For the special primary runoff (if held): August 22–September 8, 2019;
  • For the special general (if runoff is not held): August 22–September 8, 2019; and
  • For the special general (if runoff held): October 17–November 3, 2019.

Prior to those periods, committees and other persons must file 48-hour reports of independent expenditures that aggregate $10,000 or more. Learn more about reporting independent expenditures.

Electioneering communications

The 30-day electioneering communications period in connection with the Special Primary runs from April 14 through May 14, 2019.

If only two elections are held, the 60-day electioneering communications period in connection with the Special General runs from July 12 through September 10, 2019.

If three elections are held, the 30-day electioneering communications period in connection with the Special Primary Runoff runs from August 11 through September 10, 2019. The 60-day electioneering communications period in connection with the Special General runs from September 6 through November 5, 2019.

Disclosure of lobbyist bundling activity

Campaign committees, party committees and leadership PACs that are otherwise required to file reports in connection with the special elections must simultaneously file Form 3L if they receive two or more bundled contributions from any lobbyist/registrant or lobbyist/registrant PAC that aggregate in excess of $18,700 during the special election reporting periods.

Citations

Statute

52 U.S.C. 30104(a)
Filing requirements

Regulations

11 CFR 100.19
Timely filed reports; electronically filed reports

11 CFR 100.29(a)
Definition of electioneering communication

11 CFR 104.4(b)(2) and (c) and 109.10(c) and (d)
Reports of independent expenditures made at any time up to and including the 20th day before an election and those made less than 20 days, but more than 24 hours before the day of an election

11 CFR 104.5(a), (c), (e), (f), (h), and (i)
Filing dates for candidates; filing dates for committees that are not authorized committees of candidates; date of filing; 48-hour notice of contributions; special election reports; retaining proof of mailing

11 CFR 104.18(a)(2) and (e)
Mandatory electronic filing and validation program

11 CFR 104.22(a)(5)(v) and (b)
Disclosure of bundling by lobbyist/registrants and lobbyist/registrant PACs for runoffs and special elections; reporting requirement

11 CFR 110.17(e)(2) and (f)
Lobbyist/registrant and lobbyist/registrant PAC contribution bundling disclosure threshold

  • Author 
    • David Garr
    • Communications Specialist
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