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Registering for new election cycle-Candidate
How do I register for the 2018 election cycle?
CANDIDATE – Move to 2018 Election • Current candidate registrations will expire on November 18, 2016. • You may register as a candidate for the 2018 election cycle at any time after the final report is due for the current cycle. Follow these instructions to register for the 2018 election cycle: • Log in to your 2016 Candidate registration. (After November 16, 2016) • Click on “Register for a New Election Cycle” from the menu and choose the 2018 election from the drop-down. Click Continue. • Your current registration form will appear. You will be able to update or change certain information. • If you are registering for the next election cycle ONLY for the purpose of filing 6-month reports from the current election cycle, you would answer “yes” to the question “Continue to file 6-months reporting period?” • If you are registering to be a candidate in the 2018 election cycle then answer “no” to that question. • Click Continue. You will be asked if you are sure you want to amend. After checking your registration form click Yes. • A review of your registration will appear. You will need to “sign” the registration by clicking in the box that you accept this registration. • Click Update • You will receive a system generated email advising you that the New Election Cycle registration has been updated successfully and allow you to print off a copy of the registration. • Click “Go to Setup Election Cycle” only if you need to update another candidate or committee. Otherwise you can logout or return to your dashboard. • • When you log in for the 2018 election cycle, use the same email and password that you are using for the 2016 election cycle.
 
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Registering for new election cycle-Candidate Committee
How do I register my Candidate Committee for the 2018 election cycle?
CANDIDATE COMMITTEE – Move to 2018 Election • Current Candidate Committee registrations will expire on November 18, 2016. • You may register as a Candidate Committee for the 2018 election cycle at any time after the final report is due for the current cycle. Follow these instructions to register for the 2018 election cycle: • Log in to your 2016 Candidate Committee registration. (After November 16, 2016) • Click on “Register for a New Election Cycle” from the menu and choose the 2018 election from the drop-down. Click Continue. • Your current registration form will appear. You will be able to update or change certain information. • If you are registering for the next election cycle ONLY for the purpose of filing 6-month reports from the current election cycle, you would answer “yes” to the question “Continue to file 6-months reporting period?” • If you are registering to be a Candidate Committee in the 2018 election cycle then answer “no” to that question. • Click Continue. You will be asked if you are sure you want to amend. After checking your registration form click Yes. • A review of your registration will appear. You will need to “sign” the registration by clicking in the box that you accept this registration. • Click Update • You will receive a system generated email advising you that the New Election Cycle registration has been updated successfully and allow you to print off a copy of the registration. • Click “Go to Setup Election Cycle” only if you need to update another candidate or committee. Otherwise you can logout or return to your dashboard. • • When you log in for the 2018 election cycle, use the same email and password that you are using for the 2016 election cycle.
 
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Registering for new election cycle-Political Advocacy Committee
How do I register my Political Advocacy Committee for the 2018 Election cycle:
POLITICAL COMMITTEE and POLITICAL ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION Registering for 2018 Election Cycle Political Committees (PC) and Political Advocacy Organizations (PAO) may register for the 2018 election cycle any time after the final receipt and expenditure report is due – which is November 16, 2016. 1. IF a PC or PAO chooses not to register for the 2018 election cycle, they are required to file 6-month reports until a surplus or deficit from the 2016 election cycle reaches a 0 balance and is reported. 2. IF a PC or PAO chooses to register for the 2018 election cycle between November 16, 2016 and May 31, 2017, they will not be required to file 6-month reports provided they report a balance transfer from the old committee to the new one; and, they will be required to file a report of receipts and expenditures on June 7, 2017 and December 6, 2017, in addition to the statements that are due in 2018. 3. IF a PC or PAO chooses to register once it has met the criteria in RSA 664:2, III, they will be required to submit an itemized statement of receipts and expenditures, if any, made by the PC or PAO in the current election cycle prior to registration. POLITICAL ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION – Move to 2018 Election • 2016 Political Advocacy Organization registrations will expire on November 18, 2016. • You may register the same Political Advocacy Organization for the 2018 election cycle at any time after the final report is due for the current cycle. • Follow these instructions to register for 2018 election cycle: • Log in to your 2016 Political Advocacy Organization. (After November 16, 2016) • Click on “Register for a New Election Cycle” from the menu and choose the 2018 election from the drop-down. Click Continue • Your current registration will appear. You will be able to update or change certain information. • If you are registering for the 2018 election cycle ONLY for the purpose of filing 6-month reports from the 2016 election cycle, you would answer “yes” to the question “Continue to file 6-months reporting period?” • If you are registering to be a Political Advocacy Organization in the 2018 election cycle then answer “no” to that question. • Click Continue. You will be asked if you are sure you want to amend. After checking your registration form click Yes. • A review of your registration will appear. You will need to “sign” the registration by clicking in the box that you accept this registration. • Click Update • You will receive two system generated emails. o The first will advise you that the New Election Cycle registration for 2018 has been updated successfully and allow you to print off a copy of the registration. o The second will advise that you are required to print the registration, have the chairperson and treasurer sign and mail the signed registration along with the $50. fee to the Secretary of State’s Office for activation. • You can now logout or return to your dashboard. • When the Secretary of State’s office receives your signed registration and fee, your 2018 registration will be activated. • When you log in for the 2018 New Election Cycle (after your registration has been activated) use the same email and password that you are using for the current election cycle.
 
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Registering for new election cycle-Political Committee
How do I register my Political Committee for the 2018 Election Cycle:
POLITICAL COMMITTEE and POLITICAL ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION Registering for 2018 Election Cycle Political Committees (PC) and Political Advocacy Organizations (PAO) may register for the 2018 election cycle any time after the final receipt and expenditure report is due – which is November 16, 2016. 1. IF a PC or PAO chooses not to register for the 2018 election cycle, they are required to file 6-month reports until a surplus or deficit from the 2016 election cycle reaches a 0 balance and is reported. 2. IF a PC or PAO chooses to register for the 2018 election cycle between November 16, 2016 and May 31, 2017, they will not be required to file 6-month reports provided they report a balance transfer from the old committee to the new one; and, they will be required to file a report of receipts and expenditures on June 7, 2017 and December 6, 2017, in addition to the statements that are due in 2018. 3. IF a PC or PAO chooses to register once it has met the criteria in RSA 664:2, III, they will be required to submit an itemized statement of receipts and expenditures, if any, made by the PC or PAO in the current election cycle prior to registration. POLITICAL COMMITTEE – Move to 2018 Election • 2016 Political Committee registrations will expire on November 18, 2016. • You may register the same Political Committee for the 2018 election cycle at any time after the final report is due for the current cycle. • Follow these instructions to register for 2018 election cycle: • Log in to your 2016 Political Committee. (After November 16, 2016) • Click on “Register for a New Election Cycle” from the menu and choose the 2018 election from the drop-down. Click Continue • Your current registration will appear. You will be able to update or change certain information. • If you are registering for the 2018 election cycle ONLY for the purpose of filing 6-month reports from the 2016 election cycle, you would answer “yes” to the question “Continue to file 6-months reporting period?” • If you are registering to be a Political Committee in the 2018 election cycle then answer “no” to that question. • Click Continue. You will be asked if you are sure you want to amend. After checking your registration form click Yes. • A review of your registration will appear. You will need to “sign” the registration by clicking in the box that you accept this registration. • Click Update • You will receive two system generated emails. o The first will advise you that the New Election Cycle registration for 2018 has been updated successfully and allow you to print off a copy of the registration. o The second will advise that you are required to print the registration, have the chairperson and treasurer sign and mail the signed registration along with the $50. fee to the Secretary of State’s Office for activation. • You can now logout or return to your dashboard. • When the Secretary of State’s office receives your signed registration and fee, your 2018 registration will be activated. • When you log in for the 2018 New Election Cycle (after your registration has been activated) use the same email and password that you are using for the current election cycle.
 
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Register your Entity
How do I register a Political Committee?
From the home page click on the link "Register Political Committee". You will be directed to a registration form. Once you complete the registration form and hit "submit' button your chairperson and treasurer will receive an email confirmation of the registration with instructions to have the the chairperson and treasurer sign the registration form and mail to the Secretary of State's Office with the required $50 fee. Once received, the Secretary of State will activate the registration. Another email will be sent to the chairperson and treasurer advising them of the activation. The email will give each of them a temporary password which they will need to change.
How do I register a Candidate Committee?
From the home page click on the link "Register Candidate Committee". You will be directed to a registration form. Once you complete the registration form and hit the "submit" button, your chairperson and treasurer will receive an email confirmation. The email with give each of them a temporary password which they will need to change.
How do I register a Candidate?
From the home page click on the link "Register Candidate". You will be directed to a registration form. Once you complete the registration form and hit the "submit" button, your chairperson and fiscal agent will receive an email confirmation. The email will give each of them a temporary password which they will need to change. NOTE: This registration DOES NOT file the candidate for access to the ballot. This is only a registration to allow a candidate to file their receipts and expenditures reports.
Is registration on the Campaign Finance System mandatory?
Not at this time.
How do I get help on the Campaign Finance System?
Each page has a help button in the upper right hand corner. It is a question mark with he words "help" beneath it.
 
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Contributions
What is a contribution?
RSA 664:2, VIII defines "contribution" as follows: A payment, gift, subscription, assessment, contract, payment for services, dues advance, forbearance or loan to a candidate or political committee made for the purpose of influencing the nomination or election of any candidate. "Contributions" shall include the services of volunteers who receive no pay therefor or the use of personal resources by a candidate on behalf of his candidacy.
What is a receipt?
RSA 664:2, XIX defines "receipts" as follows: The receipt of money or thing of value or the receipt of a legally binding commitment to receive money or thing of value in the future for the purpose of promoting the success or defeat of a candidate or candidates or a measure or measures. Receipts shall not include amounts received by a political committee in commercial transactions int he ordinary course of any trade or business conducted by the political committee or in the form of investments in the political committee or amounts received by the political committee from payors who, at the time of payment, prohibited, in writing, the use of the payment as an expenditure.
Can a contribution exceed the spending cap?
Yes. However, if a candidate or candidates committee DOES NOT agree to the spending limit and they surpass the $1,000 limit from any individual source, the penalties provided for in RSA 664:21 will be incurred.
What are the current contribution limits?
For candidates and/or candidate committees who DO NOT agree to the spending limits, a limit of $1,000 is allowed as a contribution from any individual source. For candidates and/or candidate committees who DO agree to the spending limits, a limit of $5,000 is allowed as a contribution from any individual source.
 
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Expenditures
What is an expenditure?
RSA 664:2, IX defines "expenditure" as follows: the disbursement of money or thing of value or the making of a legally binding commitment to make such a disbursement in the future or the transfer of funds by a political committee to another political committee or to a candidate for the purpose of promoting the success or defeat of a candidate or candidates or measure or measures. "Expenditures" includes disbursement constituting independent expenditures, as defined in paragraph XI. It dos not include: (a) the candidate's filing fee or his/her expenses for personal travel and subsistence; (b) activity designed to encourage individuals to register to vote or to vote, if that activity or communication does not mention a clearly identified candidate; (c) any communication by any membership organization or corporation to its members or stockholders, if the primary purpose of that membership organization or corporation is not for the purpose of promoting the success or defeat of a candidate or candidate and measure or measures; or (d) any communication by a political committee member that is not made for the purpose of promoting the success or defeat of a candidate or candidates or measure or measures.
What are Spending Limits?
Spending limits only apply to those candidates and/or candidate committees who AGREE to limit their campaign expenditures and thus limit their contribution limit to $1,000 from an individual source. See RSA 664:5-b
 
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Filing Receipts and Expenditures between the 2016 election cycle and the 2018 election cycle.
When is a political committee/advocacy organization/candidate required to file reports of receipts and expenditures between election cycles? RSA 664:6, 6-a, 7
• For those committees/organizations/candidates which have a surplus or deficit after the 2016 general election and DO NOT register for the 2018 election cycle, they are required to file a report every 6 months until the surplus or deficit reaches a zero balance. Those reports would be due May 8, 2017; November 8, 2017; May 8, 2018, etc. • For those committees/organizations/candidates which registered for the 2016 general election and re-register for the 2018 election cycle any time after November 9, 2016, are required to file a report on June 7, 2017 and December 6, 2017 (if necessary) in addition to the reports for the 2018 election cycle as previously required in statute. • NEW committees/organizations/candidates which file for the 2018 election cycle prior to June 7, 2017 will be required to file the reports due on June 7, 2017 and December 6, 2017 in addition to the reports for the 2018 election cycle as previously required in statute. • NEW committees/organizations/candidates which file for the 2018 election cycle after December 6, 2017 will start reporting during the 2018 election cycle as previously required in statute.
 
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Independent Expenditures
What is an independent expenditure?
RSA 664:2, XI defines "Independent Expenditures" as follows: Expenditure that pay for the development and distribution of a communication that expressly advocates the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate or candidates or the success or defeat of a measure or measures, which are made without cooperation or consultation with any candidate, or any authorized committee or agent of such candidate, and which are not made in concert with, or at the request or suggestion of, any candidates, or any authorized committee or agent of such candidate.
How does a committee make known which candidates they will be making independent expenditures to?
When the committee registers, there will be a section where they will indicate whether they will be making independent expenditures or not. If so, they will enter the name of the candidate and indicate whether the independent expenditure will be in support or opposition to that candidate.
Is there a separate independent expenditure report?
Yes. Any political committee whose independent expenditure, in aggregate, exceeds $500, shall file an itemized statement which shall be received by the Secretary of State not later than 48 hours after such expenditure is made. NOTE: In addition to this 48 hour notification, the independent expenditure will be reported on the next report of receipts and expenditures that is due.
 
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Receipt and Expenditure Report
What are the reporting deadlines for the 2016 election cycle?
The reporting deadlines for political committees are as follows: Primary Election: June 22, 2016 | August 24, 2016 | September 7, 2016 | September 21, 2016. General Election: October 19, 2016 | November 2, 2016 | November 16, 2016. The reporting deadlines for candidates and candidate committees are as follows: Primary Election: August 24, 2016 | September 7, 2016 | September 21, 2016. General Election: October 19, 2016 | November 2, 2016 | November 16, 2016
How do I submit reports?
By using the Campaign Finance System, all reports will be emailed directly to the Secretary of State's Office. There is no need to send a paper copy of a follow-up.
When does a candidate need to start reporting?
Candidates whose expenditures do not exceed $500 for a reporting period need not file. However, once a candidate's expenditures for an election exceed $500 the candidate must file at the next reporting period and must continue to file at each reporting period thereafter. The Campaign Finance System will allow the candidate to a file a "no activity" report.
When does a political committee or a candidate committee need to start reporting?
Any political committee or candidate committee whose receipts or expenditures do not exceed $500 for a reporting period need not file. However, once a committee's accumulated receipts or expenditures for an election exceed $500 they must file at the next reporting period and must continue to file at each reporting period thereafter. The Campaign Finance System will allow the committee to file a "no activity" report.
 
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Amend Receipt and Expenditure Report
How can a candidate correct an error on a prior report?
Candidates can file amended reports to correct any information on previously filed reports.
Can a previously filed report be amended?
Yes. If you need to amend a report that has already been filed select "Amend Filed Report" from your dashboard. Click on the "help" button if you need further assistance.