2022 Commission Blackout Dates

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, 2022. 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. 

House Communications Standards Commission Blackout Rules and Guidance

This page is up-to-date as of October 28, 2021. Please contact the House Communications Standards Commission Office at x59337 for more information.


Blackout Dates:

Find the list of 2022 congressional primary election dates and the "blackout" date on which the corresponding 60-day pre-election cutoff period begins. Since primary and blackout dates may change as a result of state actions, all updates pertaining to the 60-day blackout period will be posted on the Committee’s site once we are notifed.

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2022 Congressional Primaries (by date)

STATE

PRIMARY DATE

BLACKOUT START

Texas

3/1/2022

12/31/2021

North Carolina

3/8/2022

1/7/2022

Indiana

5/3/2022

3/4/2022

Ohio

5/3/2022

3/4/2022

Nebraska

5/10/2022

3/11/2022

West Virginia

5/10/2022

3/11/2022

Kentucky

5/17/2022

3/18/2022

Oregon

5/17/2022

3/18/2022

Pennsylvania

5/17/2022

3/18/2022

Idaho

5/17/2022

3/18/2022

Alabama

5/24/2022

3/25/2022

Arkansas

5/24/2022

3/25/2022

Georgia

5/24/2022

3/25/2022

California

6/7/2022

4/8/2022

Iowa

6/7/2022

4/8/2022

Mississippi

6/7/2022

4/8/2022

Montana

6/7/2022

4/8/2022

New Jersey

6/7/2022

4/8/2022

New Mexico

6/7/2022

4/8/2022

South Dakota

6/7/2022

4/8/2022

Maine

6/14/2022

4/15/2022

Nevada

6/14/2022

4/15/2022

North Dakota

6/14/2022

4/15/2022

South Carolina

6/14/2022

4/15/2022

Virginia

6/21/2022

4/22/2022

Colorado

6/28/2022

4/29/2022

Illinois

6/28/2022

4/29/2022

Maryland

6/28/2022

4/29/2022

New York

6/28/2022

4/29/2022

Oklahoma

6/28/2022

4/29/2022

Utah

6/28/2022

4/29/2022

Arizona

8/2/2022

6/3/2022

Kansas

8/2/2022

6/3/2022

Michigan

8/2/2022

6/3/2022

Missouri

8/2/2022

6/3/2022

Washington

8/2/2022

6/3/2022

Tennessee

8/4/2022

6/5/2022

Connecticut

8/9/2022

6/10/2022

Minnesota

8/9/2022

6/10/2022

Vermont

8/9/2022

6/10/2022

Wisconsin

8/9/2022

6/10/2022

Hawaii

8/13/2022

6/14/2022

Alaska

8/16/2022

6/17/2022

Wyoming

8/16/2022

6/17/2022

Florida

8/23/2022

6/24/2022

Delaware

9/13/2022

7/15/2022

New Hampshire

9/13/2022

7/15/2022

Rhode Island

9/13/2022

7/15/2022

Massachusetts

9/20/2022

7/22/2022

Louisiana

11/8/2022

9/9/2022

2022 General Election: 11/08/2022

60-day Blackout: 09/09/2022

Last Updated: 10/28/2021

Source: Secretary of State websites and Federal Election Commission.

Note: Dates listed are tentative and are subject to change.