Blackout Dates

2020 Congressional Primaries (Alphabetical)

State

Congressional Primary Date

90 Day Blackout Begins

Alabama

03/03/2020

12/04/2019

Alaska

08/18/2020

05/20/2020

American Samoa

N/A

N/A

Arizona

08/04/2020

05/06/2020

Arkansas

03/03/2020

12/04/2019

California

03/03/2020

12/04/2019

Colorado

06/30/2020

04/01/2020

Connecticut

09/11/2020

06/13/2020

District of Columbia

06/02/2020

03/04/2020

Delaware

09/15/2020

06/17/2020

Florida

08/18/2020

05/20/2020

Georgia

06/09/2020

02/19/2020

Guam

08/29/2020

05/31/2020

Hawaii

08/08/2020

05/10/2020

Idaho

05/19/2020

02/19/2020

Illinois

03/17/2020

12/18/2019

Indiana

06/02/2020*

02/05/2020

Iowa

06/02/2020

03/04/2020

Kansas

08/04/2020

05/06/2020

Kentucky

06/23/2020*

02/19/2020

Louisiana

11/03/2020

08/05/2020

Maine

06/09/2020

03/11/2020

Maryland

06/02/2020*

01/29/2020

Massachusetts

09/15/2020

06/17/2020

Michigan

08/04/2020

05/06/2020

Minnesota

08/11/2020

05/13/2020

Mississippi

03/10/2020

12/11/2019

Missouri

08/04/2020

05/06/2020

Montana

06/02/2020

03/04/2020

Nebraska

05/12/2020

02/12/2020

Nevada

06/09/2020

03/11/2020

New Hampshire

09/08/2020

06/10/2020

New Jersey

06/02/2020

03/04/2020

New Mexico

06/02/2020

03/04/2020

New York

06/23/2020

03/25/2020

North Carolina

03/03/2020

12/04/2019

North Dakota

06/09/2020

03/11/2020

N. Mariana Islands

N/A

N/A

Ohio

04/28/2020*

12/18/2019

Oklahoma

06/30/2020

04/01/2020

Oregon

05/19/2020

02/19/2020

Pennsylvania

06/02/2020*

01/29/2020

Puerto Rico

Pending

 

Rhode Island

09/08/2020

06/10/2020

South Carolina

06/09/2020

03/11/2020

South Dakota

06/02/2020

03/04/2020

Tennessee

08/06/2020

05/08/2020

Texas

03/03/2020

12/04/2019

Utah

06/23/2020

03/25/2020

Vermont

08/11/2020

05/13/2020

Virginia

06/09/2020

03/11/2020

Virgin Islands

08/01/2020

05/03/2020

Washington

08/04/2020

05/06/2020

West Virginia

06/09/2020*

02/12/2020

Wisconsin

08/11/2020

05/13/2020

Wyoming

08/18/2020

05/20/2020

2020 General Election: 11/03/2020

90-day Blackout: 08/05/2020

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

*Primary date has been altered for COVID-19 consideration. 

 

A Member may not send any unsolicited mass mailing or mass communication less than 90 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 August 5, 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 mailings during the 90 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 mailing is defined as an unsolicited mailing of 500 or more pieces of substantially identical content - whether mailed singly or in bulk - over the course of a legislative year (January 3 of one year through January 2 of the following year).

Likewise, House Administration Regulations prohibit unsolicited mass communications – regardless of media – 90 days immediately preceding the date of any election (primary, general, special, or runoff) in which the Member’s name will appear on the ballot.

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.