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2021 Legislative Blackout Period for Campaign Finance Fundraising


Tuesday, October 26, 2021—MONTGOMERY, AL— Beginning on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 4:00 p.m., the Legislature will enter a special legislative session. 

Section 17-5-7(b) of the Code of Alabama provides that “[c]andidates for legislative and statewide offices and their principal campaign committees may not accept, solicit, or receive contributions during the period in which the Legislature is convened in session.”  This includes all statewide offices, such as Constitutional Officers, statewide Judicial Officers, the Public Service Commission, and State Legislators.

The 2021 Election blackout period will begin at 12:00 a.m. on October 28, 2021, which is the day the Legislature convenes, and will continue until the Legislature adjourns sine die.

During this period, candidates are encouraged to deactivate any webpages that accept contributions online to avoid inadvertently accepting funds. This fundraising freeze does not apply to officials or candidates for circuit or district judge, district attorney, or other county or local elected positions.

For questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of the Secretary of State’s Elections Division at 334-242-7210.