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Coordinated Communications Periods for 2018

When a person pays for a communication that is coordinated with a candidate or party committee, the communication is considered an in-kind contribution to that candidate or party committee and is subject to the limits, prohibitions and reporting requirements of the federal campaign finance law. FEC regulations establish a three-prong test to determine whether a communication is coordinated. All three prongs of the test—payment, content and conduct—must be met for a communication to be deemed coordinated and thus an in-kind contribution. 11 CFR 109.21.

One provision identifies certain pre-election time frames during which a public communication that references a candidate will satisfy the content prong of the coordination test.

The charts below provide a state-by-state breakdown of the 90-day coordinated communications periods for Congressional primaries, general election and special elections.

NOTE
:
For communications that refer to both a party and a clearly identified federal candidate please consult the regulations at 11 CFR 109.21(c)(4)(i)-(iv).

 

Coordinated Communications Periods for Congressional Primaries 1

Alabama-Arkansas
California-Connecticut
Delaware-Illinois
Indiana-Maryland
Massachusetts-Nevada
New Hampshire-Oklahoma
Oregon-South Carolina
South Dakota-Texas
Utah-Vermont
Virgin Islands-Virginia
Washington-Wyoming

 

State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through
election date)

Alabama Primary

06/05/18

03/07/18 - 06/05/18

Primary Runoff

07/17/18

04/18/18 - 07/17/18
Alaska Primary

08/21/18

05/23/18 - 08/21/18
American Samoa General

11/06/18

08/08/18 - 11/06/18
*Arizona Primary

08/28/18

05/30/18 - 08/28/18
Arkansas Primary

05/22/18

02/21/18 - 05/22/18

Primary Runoff

06/19/18

03/21/18 - 06/19/18
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through
election date)

*California Primary

06/05/18

03/07/18 - 06/05/18
Colorado Primary

06/26/18

03/28/18 - 06/26/18

*Connecticut Primary

08/14/18 2

05/16/18 - 08/14/18
Connecticut Democratic Party Conventions -- House

05/14/18 2

02/13/18 - 05/14/18
*Connecticut Democratic Party Conventions -- Senate
05/18/18 2
02/17/18 - 05/18/18
*Connecticut Republican Party Conventions -- House & Senate
05/11/18 2
02/10/18 - 05/11/18
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through
election date)

*Delaware Primary

09/06/18

06/08/18 - 09/06/18
District of Columbia Primary

06/19/18

03/21/18 - 06/19/18
*Florida Primary

08/28/18

05/30/18 - 08/28/18
Georgia Primary

05/22/18

02/21/18 - 05/22/18

Primary Runoff

07/24/18

04/25/18 - 07/24/18

General Runoff

01/08/19

10/10/18 - 01/08/19
Guam Primary

08/25/18

05/27/18 - 08/25/18

General Runoff

11/20/18

08/22/18 - 11/20/18
*Hawaii Primary

08/11/18

05/13/18 - 08/11/18
Idaho Primary

05/15/18

02/14/18 - 05/15/18
Illinois Primary

03/20/18

12/20/17 - 03/20/18
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through
election date)

*Indiana Primary

05/08/18 2

02/07/18 - 05/08/18
*Indiana Conventionn - Libertarian Party

05/05/18 2

02/04/18 - 05/05/18
Iowa Primary

06/05/18

03/07/18 - 06/05/18
Kansas Primary

08/07/18 2

05/09/18 - 08/07/18
Kansas Convention - Libertarian Party

04/22/18 2

01/22/18 - 04/22/18
Kentucky Primary

05/22/18

02/21/18 - 05/22/18
Louisiana Primary

07/20/18 3

04/21/18 - 07/20/18

General

11/06/18 3

08/08/18 - 11/06/18

General Runoff

12/08/18 3

09/09/18 - 12/08/18
*Maine Primary

06/12/18

03/14/18 - 06/12/18
*Maryland Primary

06/26/18 2

03/28/18 - 06/26/18
*Maryland Convention - Green Party

04/30/18 2

01/30/18 - 04/30/18
*Maryland Convention - Libertarian Party
03/10/18 2
12/10/17 - 03/10/18
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through
election date)

*Massachusetts Primary

09/04/18

06/06/18 - 09/04/18
*Michigan Primary

08/07/18 2

05/09/18 - 08/07/18
*Michigan Conventions

TBA 2

TBA
*Minnesota Primary

08/14/18

05/16/18 - 08/14/18
*Mississippi Primary

06/05/18

03/07/18 - 06/05/18

Primary Runoff

06/26/18

03/28/18 - 06/26/18
*Missouri Primary

08/07/18

05/09/18 - 08/07/18
*Montana Primary

06/05/18

03/07/18 - 06/05/18
*Nebraska Primary

05/15/18

02/14/18 - 05/15/18
*Nevada Primary

06/12/18

03/14/18 - 06/12/18
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through
election date)

New Hampshire Primary

09/11/18

06/13/18 - 09/11/18
*New Jersey Primary

06/05/18

03/07/18 - 06/05/18
*New Mexico Primary

06/05/18

03/07/18 - 06/05/18
*New York Primary

06/26/18

03/28/18 - 06/26/18
North Carolina Primary

05/08/18

02/07/18 - 05/08/18

Primary Runoff

07/17/18

04/18/18 - 07/17/18
*North Dakota Primary

06/12/18

03/14/18 - 06/12/18
Northern Mariana Islands General

11/06/18

08/08/18 - 11/06/18
*Ohio Primary

05/08/18

02/07/18 - 05/08/18
Oklahoma Primary

06/26/18

03/28/18 - 06/26/18

Primary Runoff

08/28/18

05/30/18 - 08/28/18
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through
election date)

Oregon Primary

05/15/18 2

02/14/18 - 05/15/18
Oregon Conventions

TBA 2

TBA
*Pennsylvania Primary

05/15/18

02/14/18 - 05/15/18
Puerto Rico Primary

(no federal elections held in 2018)

*Rhode Island Primary

09/12/18

06/14/18 - 09/12/18
South Carolina Primary

06/12/18 2

03/14/18 - 06/12/18

Primary Runoff

06/26/18

03/28/18 - 06/26/18
South Carolina Conventions

TBA 2

TBA
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through
election date)

South Dakota Primary

06/05/18

03/07/18 - 06/05/18

Primary Runoff

08/14/18

05/16/18 - 08/14/18
*Tennessee Primary

08/02/18

05/04/18 - 08/02/18
*Texas Primary

03/06/18 2

12/06/17 - 03/06/18

Primary Runoff

05/22/18

02/21/18 - 05/22/18
*Texas Senate Convention - Minor Party

04/14/18 2

01/14/18 - 04/14/18
Texas Convention -- Minor Party
[Single County Districts # 2, 3, 7, 16, 18, 20, 29, 30]

03/17/18 2

12/17/17 - 03/17/18
Texas Convention -- Minor Party
[Multi-County Districts # 1, 4-6, 8-15, 17, 19, 21-28, 31-36]

03/24/18 2

12/24/17 - 03/24/18
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through
election date)

*Utah Primary

06/26/18 2

03/28/18 - 06/26/18
*Utah Convention -- Constitution Party
TBA 2
TBA
*Utah Convention -- Democratic Party

04/28/18 2

01/28/18 - 04/28/18
*Utah Convention -- Green Party
04/21/18 2
01/21/18 - 04/21/18
*Utah Convention -- Independent American Party
04/21/18 2
01/21/18 - 04/21/18
*Utah Convention -- Libertarian Party
04/14/18 2
01/14/18 - 04/14/18
*Utah Convention -- Republican Party
04/21/18 2
01/21/18 - 04/21/18
*Utah Convention -- United Utah Party
04/28/18 2
01/28/18 - 04/28/18
*Vermont Primary

08/14/18

05/16/18 - 08/14/18
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through election date)

Virgin Islands Primary

08/04/18

05/06/18 - 08/04/18

General Runoff

11/20/18

08/22/18 - 11/20/18

*Virginia Primary

06/12/18 2

03/14/18 - 06/12/18
Virginia Convention -- Democratic Party [Dist. #5]

05/05/18 2

02/04/18 - 05/05/18
Virginia Convention -- Republican Party [Dist. #3]

05/05/18 2

02/04/18 - 05/05/18

Virginia Convention -- Republican Party [Dist. #5]
04/28/18 2
01/28/18 - 04/28/18
Virginia Convention -- Republican Party [Dist. #6]
05/19/18 2
02/18/18 - 05/19/18
Virginia Convention -- Republican Party [Dist. #7]
05/05/18 2
02/04/18 - 05/05/18
Virginia Convention -- Republican Party [Dist. #8]
04/28/18 2
01/28/18 - 04/28/18
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through election date)

*Washington Primary

08/07/18

05/09/18 - 08/07/18
*West Virginia Primary

05/08/18 2

02/07/18 - 05/08/18
*West Virginia Conventions

TBA 2

TBA
*Wisconsin Primary

08/14/18

05/16/18 - 08/14/18
*Wyoming Primary

08/21/18

05/23/18 - 08/21/18

* States holding 2018 Senate elections.

1 Election dates are subject to change.  This chart will be updated as additional information becomes available.

2 In Connecticut and Utah, conventions are held by the political parties prior to the primary. In Virginia, parties may choose to nominate by convention rather than by primary election. (In other states, such as Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia, it is possible that minor parties may schedule conventions to nominate candidates.)

3 In AO 2000-29 [PDF], the Commission determined that the last day to qualify for a position on the general election ballot in Louisiana--in this case 07/20/18--must be considered the primary election date for Louisiana candidates. See 11 CFR 100.2(c)(4)(i). The election for candidates seeking federal office is the general election scheduled for 11/06/18. Additionally, under state law if no candidate in the 11/06/18 general election receives over 50 percent of the vote, a runoff election will be held on 12/08/18.

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Coordinated Communications Period for the General Election

 

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through general election date)

General Election

11/06/18

08/08/18 - 11/06/18

 

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Coordinated Communications Periods for Special Elections

Special Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through special election date)

Arizona 8th Congressional District
Special Primary

02/27/18

11/19/17 - 02/27/18

Arizona 8th Congressional District
Special General

04/24/18

01/24/18 - 04/24/18

Michigan 13th Congressional District
Special Primary

08/07/18

05/09/18 - 08/07/18

Michigan 13th Congressional District
Special General

11/06/18

08/08/18 - 11/06/18

Mississippi Senate

Special General

11/06/18

08/08/18 - 11/06/18

Mississippi Senate

Special General Runoff

11/27/18

08/29/18 - 11/27/18

New York 25th Congressional District
Special General
11/06/18
08/08/18 - 11/06/18
Ohio 12th Congressional District
Special Primary

05/08/18

02/07/18 - 05/08/18

Ohio 12th Congressional District
Special General

08/07/18

05/09/18 - 08/07/18

Pennsylvania 7th Congressional District
Special General
11/06/18
08/08/18 - 11/06/18
Pennsylvania 15th Congressional District
Special General
11/06/18
08/08/18 - 11/06/18
Pennsylvania 18th Congressional District
Special General
03/13/18
12/13/17 - 03/13/18
Texas 27th Congressional District
Special General
06/30/18
04/01/18 - 06/30/18

 

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