Guidelines for Online And Print Voters’ Guides for
2012 Presidential Candidates

IRS, FEC and FCC regulations that govern activities with Presidential candidates differ depending on the type of activity being undertaken.  Different criteria for Presidential candidate debates, print Voters’ Guides and online Voters’ Guide are required. LWVEF’s goal of fostering voter education and participation in the electoral process is furthered by including only candidates in whom a substantial number of voters have an interest.  According, LWVEF will limit participation in its online 2012 Presidential Voters’ Guide.  Candidates who meet the following criteria will be asked to participate.

Primary Election Criteria Online Voters’ Guides

  1. The candidate must have made a public announcement of her/his intention to run for her/his Party’s nomination for President; and,
  2. The candidate must meet the presidential Election Campaign Fund Act’s minimum contribution threshold requirements for qualifying for matching funds, based on the most recent data publicly available on the FEC Web site.

General Election Online Voters’ Guides

  1. The candidate must have made a public announcement of his or her intention to run for President; and,
  2. The candidate must qualify for the ballot in enough states to win a majority of electoral votes; and,
  3. The candidate must meet the Presidential Election Campaign Fund Act’s minimum contribution threshold requirements for qualifying for matching funds, based on the most recent data publicly available on the FEC Web site.

Primary Election Print Voters’ Guide Criteria

  1. The candidate must have made a public announcement of her/his intention to run for her/his Party’s nomination for President.
  2. The candidate must qualify for the ballot in enough sites to win the nomination of that party.
  3. The candidate must meet the Presidential Election Campaign Fund Act’s minimum contribution threshold requirements for qualifying for matching funds, based on the most recent data publicly available on the FEC Web site as of October 5, 2007.

General Election Print Voters’ Guide Criteria

  1. The candidate must have made a public announcement of her/his intention to run for President. 
  2. The candidate must qualify for the ballot in enough states to win a majority of electoral votes.
  3. The candidate must meet the Presidential Election Campaign Fund Act’s minimum contribution threshold requirement for qualifying for matching funds, based on the most recent data publicly available on the FEC Web site as of August 8, 2008. 

The candidates will be advised that their submitted material will appear in print, in Voters Guides of interested state/local leagues and on VOTE411.org and state/local League Web sites that choose to incorporate this information.