Blackout Dates

2022 Congressional Primaries (Alphabetical)

State

Congressional Primary Date

60 Day Blackout Begins

Alabama

05/24/2022

03/25/2022

Alaska

08/16/2022

06/17/2022

American Samoa

N/A

N/A

Arizona

08/02/2022

06/03/2022

Arkansas

05/24/2022

03/25/2022

California

06/07/2022

04/08/2022

Colorado

06/28/2022

04/29/2022

Connecticut

08/09/2022

06/10/2022

District of Columbia

N/A

N/A

Delaware

09/13/2022

06/15/2022

Florida

08/23/2022

06/24/2022

Georgia

05/24/2022

03/25/2022

Guam

N/A

N/A

Hawaii

08/13/2022

06/14/2022

Idaho

05/17/2022

03/18/2022

Illinois

06/28/2022

04/29/2022

Indiana

05/03/2022

03/04/2022

Iowa

06/07/2022

04/08/2022

Kansas

08/02/2022

06/03/2022

Kentucky

05/17/2022

03/18/2022

Louisiana

11/08/2022

09/09/2022

Maine

06/14/2022

04/15/2022

Maryland

06/28/2022

04/29/2022

Massachusetts

09/20/2022

07/22/2022

Michigan

08/02/2022

06/03/2022

Minnesota

08/09/2022

06/10/2022

Mississippi

06/07/2022

04/08/2022

Missouri

08/02/2022

06/03/2022

Montana

06/07/2022

04/08/2022

Nebraska

05/10/2022

03/11/2022

Nevada

06/14/2022

04/15/2022

New Hampshire

09/13/2022

07/15/2022

New Jersey

06/07/2022

04/08/2022

New Mexico

06/07/2022

04/08/2022

New York

06/28/2022

04/29/2022

North Carolina

05/17/2022

03/18/2022

North Dakota

06/14/2022

04/15/2022

N. Mariana Islands

N/A

N/A

Ohio

05/03/2022

03/04/2022

Oklahoma

06/28/2022

04/29/2022

Oregon

05/17/2022

03/18/2022

Pennsylvania

05/17/2022*

03/18/2022

Puerto Rico

N/A

N/A

Rhode Island

09/13/2022

07/15/2022

South Carolina

06/14/2022

04/15/2022

South Dakota

06/07/2022

04/08/2022

Tennessee

08/04/2022

06/05/2022

Texas

03/01/2022

12/31/2021

Utah

06/28/2022

04/29/2022

Vermont

08/09/2022

06/10/2022

Virginia

06/21/2022

04/22/2022

Virgin Islands

N/A

N/A

Washington

08/02/2022

06/03/2022

West Virginia

05/10/2022

03/11/2022

Wisconsin

08/09/2022

06/10/2022

Wyoming

08/16/2022

06/17/2022

2020 General Election: 11/08/2022

60-day Blackout: 09/09/2022

  • Sourced by Secretary of State websites and Federal Election Commission.
  • Dates listed are tentative and are subject to change.

A Member may not send any unsolicited mass mailing or mass communication less than 60 days immediately before the date of any primary or general election (whether regular, special or runoff) in which the Member is a candidate for public office.

Please Note: Primaries are subject to change. The General Election Blackout for Members, Delegates, and the Resident Commissioner begins September 9, 2020. Some states may have runoff date restrictions.

 

Title 39 U.S.C. Section 3210 (a)(6)(A) provides that a Member may not send mass communications during the 60 days immediately preceding the date of any election (primary, general, special, or runoff) in which the Member’s name will appear on the ballot as a candidate for election or re-election to any public office. A mass communication is defined as any distribution of 500 or more pieces of substantially identical content (whether such communication is distributed singly or in bulk, or at the same time or different times), regardless of the means of the distribution - over the course of a legislative year (January 3 of one year through January 2 of the following year).

Examples of prohibited mass communications and mass mailings include:

  • Automated telephone (“robo”) calls
  • E-communications distributed to non-subscribers
  • Advertisements (radio, TV, internet, newspaper, etc.) of town hall meetings or of the personal appearance of the Member and/or the Member's employees at an official event
  • Mass mailings, e.g., newsletters, meeting notices, newspaper inserts, surveys, and questionnaires, etc.
  • Text messages, flyers, leaflets, handouts, etc.
  • Paid video or audio communications distributed to more than 499 unsolicited recipients

The restrictions do not apply to:

  • Advertisements for employment and internship opportunities in the Member’s congressional office, U.S. Military Academy Days, and An Artistic Discovery
  • E-communications distributed to subscribers within the district the Member currently represents
  • Mailings or communications which are in direct response, i.e., a solicited response, to inquiries or requests from the person to whom the response is directed
  • Mass mailings or communications to Members of Congress, government officials (federal, state, and/or local), and mailings of news releases to bona fide communications media outlets
  • Updates to the Member’s official web site(s) or social media pages
  • Video teleconferencing services in support of official business

 

The dates outlined above are for reference purposes only. Blackout dates were collected from publicly available information from each state, territory, and the District of Columbia elections’ office. All information is subject to change. It is the Member’s responsibility to comply with the law and should be aware of any election in which they are a candidate for office.