Franking Blackout Dates

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.

The dates outlined below are for reference purpose 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. 

Franking Blackout Rules and Guidance

This page is up-to-date as of August 15, 2019. Please contact the Franking Office at x59337 for more information.


Blackout Dates:

Find the list of 2019 congressional primary election dates and the "blackout" date on which the corresponding 90-day pre-election cutoff period begins. Since primary and blackout dates may change as a result of state actions, all updates pertaining to the 90-day blackout period will be posted on the Committee’s site once we are notifed.

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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

05/19/2020

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

05/05/2020

02/05/2020

Iowa

06/02/2020

03/04/2020

Kansas

08/04/2020

05/06/2020

Kentucky

05/19/2020

02/19/2020

Louisiana

11/03/2020

08/05/2020

Maine

06/09/2020

03/11/2020

Maryland

04/28/2020

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

03/17/2020

12/18/2019

Oklahoma

06/30/2020

04/01/2020

Oregon

05/19/2020

02/19/2020

Pennsylvania

04/28/2020

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

05/12/2020

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

*(Date as of 08/08/2019)

*Source by Secretary of State websites and Federal Election Commission.

*Dates listed are tentative and are subject to change.

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