Filing & Reporting Deadlines: a Simple Formality or a Nightmare

Two of the most overlooked responsibilities of a political campaign are the reporting and filing deadlines that the government mandates political candidates adhere to. As insane as this sounds, campaigns often mess up the reports or completely miss them, suddenly derailing their campaign. The two states with major (state-wide) races in 2017 are Virginia and New Jersey. Click on each state to see respective board of elections provide an overview of how to become a candidate and remain one. The general election date is November 7, 2017. There are also several prominent municipal elections and ballot measures within those states and others across the country.

Filing

Filing deadlines are the dates that an overseeing government requires the candidate or campaign committee to declare their intent to run. Municipalities, states and the federal government all have autonomy to set these dates for campaigns running under their jurisdiction however they see fit.

Virginia

For primary candidates: March 30

For general election candidates: June 19

NJ

For primary state-wide candidates: April 3

For general election state-wide candidates: June 6

Reporting

After a candidate is established as a recognized campaign for a designated office, they are often required to provide regular reports to disclose how much money they have spent, who donated it and how much money is still in the bank.

VA

See the PDF file on reporting here.

For primary & general election state-wide candidates:

April 17, 2017
June 5, 2017
July 17, 2017
September 15, 2017
October 16, 2017
October 30, 2017
December 7, 2017
January 16, 2018

VPAP is a great resource to view candidate spending and receipts information in Virginia.

NJ

See the page dedicated to reporting requirements for all candidates here.

For primary & general election state-wide candidates:

May 8, 2017
May 26, 2017
June 6, 2017
October 10, 2017
October 27, 2017
November 27, 2017

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