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2006 Electioneering Communications Periods

As required by the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA), the Federal Election Commission (FEC) promulgated new electioneering communications rules governing television and radio communications that refer to a clearly identified federal candidate and are distributed to the relevant electorate within 60 days prior to a general election, or 30 days prior to a primary, nominating convention, or caucus (including a special election). See 11 CFR 100.29. The statute and regulations require, among other things, that individuals and other groups not registered with the FEC who make electioneering communications costing more than $10,000 in the aggregate disclose that activity to the Commission within 24 hours of the distribution of the communication. See 11 CFR 104.20.

The charts below provide a state-by-state breakdown of the electioneering communications periods for Congressional primaries, the general election and special elections. During these EC periods, 24-hour disclosure of electioneering communications is required. (Use FEC Form 9.)

A chronological listing of electioneering communications dates is available on the FEC Calendar.

Alabama - Connecticut
Delaware - Iowa
Kansas - Minnesota
Mississippi - North Carolina

North Dakota - South Carolina
South Dakota - Utah
Vermont - Wyoming

EC Periods for Congressional Primaries1

State & Type of Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period
Alabama Primary

06/06/06

05/07/06 - 06/06/06

Primary Runoff
(not held)

07/18/06

06/18/06 - 07/18/06
Alaska Primary

08/22/06

07/23/06 - 08/22/06
American Samoa General

11/07/06

09/08/06 - 11/07/06

General Runoff
(not held)

11/21/06

09/22/06 - 11/21/06
*Arizona Primary

09/12/06

08/13/06 - 09/12/06
Arkansas Primary

05/23/06

04/23/06 - 05/23/06

Primary Runoff
(not held)

06/13/06

05/14/06 - 06/13/06
*California Primary

06/06/06

05/07/06 - 06/06/06
Colorado Primary

08/08/06

07/09/06 - 08/08/06
*Connecticut Primary

08/08/06 2

07/09/06 - 08/08/06
Connecticut House Convention -- Democratic Party

05/15/06 2

04/15/06 - 05/15/06
*Connecticut Senate Convention -- Democratic Party

05/20/06 2

04/20/06 - 05/20/06
Connecticut Convention -- Republican Party
[Dist. #1]

05/10/06 2

04/10/06 - 05/10/06
Connecticut Convention -- Republican Party
[Dist. #2]

05/21/06 2

04/21/06 - 05/21/06
Connecticut Convention -- Republican Party
[Dist. #s 3 & 5]

05/13/06 2

04/13/06 - 05/13/06
Connecticut Convention -- Republican Party
[Dist. #4]

05/15/06 2

04/15/06 - 05/15/06
*Connecticut Senate Convention -- Republican Party

05/20/06 2

04/20/06 - 05/20/06
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period
*Delaware Primary

09/12/06

08/13/06 - 09/12/06
District of Columbia Primary

09/12/06

08/13/06 - 09/12/06
*Florida Primary

09/05/06

08/06/06 - 09/05/06
Georgia Primary

07/18/06

06/18/06 - 07/18/06

Primary Runoff

08/08/06

07/09/06 - 08/08/06

General Runoff
(not held)

12/05/06

10/06/06 - 12/05/06
Guam Primary

09/02/06

08/03/06 - 09/02/06
*Hawaii Primary

09/23/06

08/24/06 - 09/23/06
Idaho Primary

05/23/06

04/23/06 - 05/23/06
Illinois Primary

03/21/06

02/19/06 - 03/21/06
*Indiana Primary

05/02/06 2

04/02/06 - 05/02/06
*Indiana Convention -- Libertarian Party

04/29/06 2

03/30/06 - 04/29/06
Iowa Primary

06/06/06

05/07/06 - 06/06/06
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period
Kansas Primary

08/01/06 2

07/02/06 - 08/01/06
Kansas Convention -- Libertarian Party

04/29/06 2

03/30/06 - 04/29/06
Kansas Convention -- Reform Party

06/03/06 2

05/04/06 - 06/03/06
Kentucky Primary

05/16/06

04/16/06 - 05/16/06
Louisiana Primary

08/11/06 3

07/12/06 - 08/11/06

General Runoff (LA-2)

12/09/06 3

10/10/06 - 12/09/06
Maine Primary

06/13/06

05/14/06 - 06/13/06
*Maryland Primary

09/12/06 2

08/13/06 - 09/12/06
*Maryland Convention -- Green Party

06/03/06 2

05/04/06 - 06/03/06
*Maryland Convention -- Libertarian Party

04/01/06 2

03/02/06 - 04/01/06
*Massachusetts Primary

09/19/06

08/20/06 - 09/19/06
*Michigan Primary

08/08/06 2

07/09/06 - 08/08/06
*Michigan Convention -- Libertarian Party

05/13/06 2

04/13/06 - 05/13/06
*Michigan Convention -- U.S. Taxpayers Party

07/29/06 2

06/29/06 - 07/29/06
*Minnesota Primary

09/12/06

08/13/06 - 09/12/06
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period
*Mississippi Primary

06/06/06

05/07/06 - 06/06/06

Primary Runoff

06/27/06

05/28/06 - 06/27/06
*Missouri Primary

08/08/06

07/09/06 - 08/08/06
*Montana Primary

06/06/06

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

05/09/06

04/09/06 - 05/09/06
*Nevada Primary

08/15/06

07/16/06 - 08/15/06
New Hampshire Primary

09/12/06

08/13/06 - 09/12/06
*New Jersey Primary

06/06/06

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

06/06/06

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

09/12/06

08/13/06 - 09/12/06
North Carolina Primary

05/02/06

04/02/06 - 05/02/06

Primary Runoff
(not held)

05/30/06

04/30/06 - 05/30/06
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period
*North Dakota Primary

06/13/06

05/14/06 - 06/13/06
*Ohio Primary

05/02/06

04/02/06 - 05/02/06
Oklahoma Primary

07/25/06

06/25/06 - 07/25/06

Primary Runoff

08/22/06

07/23/06 - 08/22/06
Oregon Primary

05/16/06 2

04/16/06 - 05/16/06
Oregon Convention -- Pacific Green Party

06/17/06 2

05/18/06 - 06/17/06
Oregon Convention -- Libertarian Party

06/03/06 2

05/04/06 - 06/03/06
*Pennsylvania Primary

05/16/06

04/16/06 - 05/16/06
Puerto Rico Primary

(no federal elections held in 2006)

*Rhode Island Primary

09/12/06

08/13/06 - 09/12/06
South Carolina Primary

06/13/06 2

05/14/06 - 06/13/06

Primary Runoff

06/27/06

05/28/06 - 06/27/06
South Carolina Convention -- Constitution Party

04/20/06 2

03/21/06 - 04/20/06
South Carolina Convention -- Libertarian Party

04/29/06 2

03/30/06 - 04/29/06
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period
South Dakota Primary

06/06/06

05/07/06 - 06/06/06

Primary Runoff
(not held)

06/20/06

05/21/06 - 06/20/06
*Tennessee Primary

08/03/06

07/04/06 - 08/03/06
*Texas Primary

03/07/06 2

02/05/06 - 03/07/06

Primary Runoff

04/11/06

03/12/06 - 04/11/06
Texas House -- Minor Party Convention
[Dist. #s 7, 16, 18, 20, 29, 30, 32]
03/18/06 2
02/16/06 - 03/18/06
Texas House -- Minor Party Convention
[Dist. #s 1-6, 8-15, 17, 19, 21-28, 31]
03/25/06 2
02/23/06 - 03/25/06
Texas Senate -- Minor Party Convention
06/10/06 2
05/11/06 - 06/10/06
*Utah Primary

06/27/06 2

05/28/06 - 06/27/06
*Utah Convention -- Democratic Party

05/13/06 2

04/13/06 - 05/13/06
*Utah Convention -- Libertarian Party
04/29/06 2
03/30/06 - 04/29/06
*Utah Convention -- Personal Choice Party

05/13/06 2

04/13/06 - 05/13/06
*Utah Convention -- Republican Party

05/13/06 2

04/13/06 - 05/13/06
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period
*Vermont Primary

09/12/06

08/13/06 - 09/12/06
Virgin Islands Primary

09/09/06

08/10/06 - 09/09/06

General Runoff
(not held)

11/21/06

09/22/06 - 11/21/06
*Virginia Primary

06/13/06 2

05/14/06 - 06/13/06
Virginia Convention -- Democratic Party
[Dist. #s 1, 3 & 7]
05/13/06 2
04/13/06 - 05/13/06
Virginia Convention -- Democratic Party
[Dist. #s 5 & 6]
05/20/06 2
04/20/06 - 05/20/06
Virginia Convention -- Democratic Party
[Dist. #s 4 & 9]
06/10/06 2
05/11/06 - 06/10/06
Virginia Convention -- Republican Party
[Dist. #3]
05/20/06 2
04/20/06 - 05/20/06
Virginia Convention -- Republican Party
[Dist. #9]
05/13/06 2
04/13/06 - 05/13/06
*Washington Primary

09/19/06

08/20/06 - 09/19/06
*West Virginia Primary

05/09/06 2

04/09/06 - 05/09/06
*Wisconsin Primary

09/12/06

08/13/06 - 09/12/06
*Wyoming Primary

08/22/06

07/23/06 - 08/22/06

* States holding 2006 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, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia, it is possible that minor parties may schedule conventions to nominate candidates.)

3 In AO 2000-29, the Commission determined that the last day to qualify for a position on the general election ballot in Louisiana--in this case 08/11/06-- 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 11/07/06. Additionally, under state law if no candidate in the 11/07/06 general election receives over 50 percent of the vote, a runoff election will be held on 12/09/06.

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EC Period for the General Election

Election Type

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period

General Election

11/07/06

09/08/06 - 11/07/06
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EC Period for Special Elections

Special Election

Election Date

Electioneering Communications
24-Hour Notice Period

California 50th District Special General
04/11/06
02/10/06 - 04/11/06
California 50th District Special General Runoff
06/06/06
04/07/06 - 06/06/06
New Jersey 13th District Special Primary
06/06/06
05/07/06 - 06/06/06
New Jersey 13th District Special General

11/07/06

09/08/06 - 11/07/06
Ohio 3rd District Special Primary
09/15/06
08/16/06 - 09/15/06
Ohio 18th District Special Primary
09/14/06
08/15/06 - 09/14/06
Texas 22nd District Special General
11/07/06
09/08/06 - 11/07/06
Texas Redistricting Special General
Districts 15, 21, 23, 25 and 28
11/07/06
09/08/06 - 11/07/06
Texas Redistricting Special Runoff
District 23
12/12/06
10/13/06 - 12/12/06
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