Texas will hold a Special General Election on June 30, 2018, to fill the 27th congressional district House seat vacated by Representative Blake Farenthold. There are two possible elections, but only one may be necessary. Under Texas law, all qualified candidates, regardless of party affiliation, will appear on the ballot. The majority winner of the special election is declared elected. Should no candidate achieve a majority vote, the Governor will then set the date for the Special Runoff Election that will include only the top two vote-getters. If a Special Runoff Election is held, the Commission will notify committees of the reporting dates for that election.
Filing schedule for candidates
Candidate committees involved in only the Special General Election (06/30/18) must follow this reporting schedule:
|Report||Close of books||Mailing deadline||Filing deadline|
|Pre-General||June 10, 2018||June 15, 2018||June 18, 2018|
|48-Hour Notices||June 11, 2018 - June 27, 2018|
|July Quarterly||June 30, 2018||July 15, 2018||July 15, 2018|
|Post-General||July 20, 2018||July 30, 2018||July 30, 2018|
|October Quarterly||September 30, 2018||October 15, 2018||October 15, 2018|
If a Special Runoff Election is held, a post-general report for the June 30 election would not be required. Instead, candidate committees involved in both elections would file pre-general, pre-runoff and post-runoff reports. Please note that the FEC does not have authority to extend filing deadlines, even when they fall on weekends. Additional details are available at https://transition.fec.gov/pages/report_notices/2018/tx27.shtml [PDF].
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.
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. See 52 U.S.C. §§ 30104(a)(2)(A)(i), (a)(4)(A)(ii), (a)(5); 11 CFR 100.19(b)(1), 104.5(a)(2), (e). 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. 11 CFR 104.5(i).
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. 52 U.S.C. § 30104(a)(5) and 11 CFR 100.19 and 104.5(e).
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. 11 CFR 100.19 and 104.5(e). (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 at https://www.fec.gov/help-candidates-and-committees/forms/.
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 from June 11 through June 27 for the Special General Election.
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 from June 11 through June 28 for the Special General Election. This requirement is addition to that of filing 48-hour reports of independent expenditures that aggregate $10,000 or more with respect to an election up to and including the 20th day before an election. The 48-hour reporting requirement applies to independent expenditures that aggregate at or above $10,000 prior to June 11.
The 60-day electioneering communications period for the Special General Election runs from May 1 through June 30.
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 FEC Form 3L if they receive two or more bundled contributions from any lobbyist/registrant or lobbyist/registrant PAC that aggregate in excess of $18,200 during the special election reporting periods.
52 U.S.C. § 30104(a)
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
11 CFR 104.5(c)
Filing dates; committees that are not authorized committees of candidates
11 CFR 104.5(e)
Date of filing
11 CFR 104.5(f)
48-hour notices of contributions
11 CFR 104.5(h)
Special election reports
11 CFR 104.5(i)
Retaining proof of mailing
11 CFR 110.17(e)(2)
Lobbyist/registrant and lobbyist/registrant PAC contribution bundling disclosure threshold