§ 24.2-947.6 Filing schedule for candidates for office; November elections
Overview of Statute
This section contains the filing schedule for candidates for any office to be filed at a November general election.
A. Any candidate for any office to be filed at a November general election shall file the prescribed campaign finance reports as follows:
1. Not later than July 15 in a nonelection year for the period January 1 through June 30;
2. Not later than January 15 following a nonelection year for the period July 1 through December 31;
3. In an election year, not later than April 15 for the period January 1 through March 31 and pursuant to subdivisions 4 through 9 of this section;
4. Not later than the eighth day before the primary date complete through the twelfth day before the primary date;
5. Not later than July 15 complete through June 30;
6. Not later than September 15 complete through August 31;
7. Not later than October 15 complete through September 30;
8. Not later than the eighth day before the November election date complete through the twelfth day before the election date;
9. Not later than the thirtieth day after the November election date complete through the twenty-third day after the election date; and
10. Not later than January 15 following an election year complete through December 31, and then in accordance with subdivisions A 1 and A 2 or subdivisions A 3 through A 9, as appropriate, of this subsection until a final report is filed.
B. Any candidate, who was subject to the election year filing schedule set out in subdivisions A 3 through A 9 and who has not filed a final report, shall file reports in any subsequent election year for the same office in accordance with the election year filing schedule set out in subdivisions A 3 through A 9.
C. Any candidate shall also file any report of certain large contributions required by § 24.2-947.9, if applicable.
1. Definition for Contribution
Money and services of any amount, in-kind contributions, and any other thing of value, given, advanced, loaned, or in any other way provided to a candidate, campaign committee, political committee, or person for the purpose of expressly advocating the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate or to an inaugural committee for the purpose of defraying the costs of the inauguration of a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, or Attorney General. “Contribution” includes money, services, or things of value in any way provided by a candidate to his own campaign and the payment by the candidate of a filing fee for any party nomination method.
2. Definition for General election
An election held in the Commonwealth on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November or on the first Tuesday in May for the purpose of filling offices regularly scheduled by law to be filled at those times.
3. Definition for Primary
An election held for the purpose of selecting a candidate to be the nominee of a political party for election to office.
4. Definition for Election
A general, primary, or special election.
5. Definition for Candidate
A person who seeks or campaigns for an office of the Commonwealth or one of its governmental units in a general, primary, or special election and who is qualified to have his name placed on the ballot for the office. “Candidate” shall include a person who seeks the nomination of a political party or who, by reason of receiving the nomination of a political party for election to an office, is referred to as its nominee. For the purposes of Chapters 8 (§ 24.2-800 et seq.), 9.3 (§ 24.2-945 et seq.), and 9.5 (§ 24.2-955 et seq.), “candidate” shall include any write-in candidate. However, no write-in candidate who has received less than 15 percent of the votes cast for the office shall be eligible to initiate an election contest pursuant to Article 2 (§ 24.2-803 et seq.) of Chapter 8. For the purposes of Chapters 9.3 (§ 24.2-945 et seq.) and 9.5 (§ 24.2-955 et seq.), “candidate” shall include any person who raises or spends funds in order to seek or campaign for an office of the Commonwealth, excluding federal offices, or one of its governmental units in a party nomination process or general, primary, or special election; and such person shall be considered a candidate until a final report is filed pursuant to Article 3 (§ 24.2-947 et seq.) of Chapter 9.3.
Case Name: Waldrop v. Commonwealth
Citation: 495 S.E.2d 822
Case Summary: Holding that candidate for office was not required under former Fair Elections Practices Act to disclose contributions made after the election to defray legal expenses associated with a recount, because the statute was unclear and ambiguous on whether recount contributions had to be reported.