Rule 1-09 Documents Submitted to and Issued by the Board

(a) Date received.

(1) Generally. Documents submitted to the Board, whether in an electronic manner or otherwise, will be deemed to have been submitted upon receipt by the Board. The Board receives hand-delivered documents at its offices, weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., unless otherwise provided by the Board.

(2) Postmark date. Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (3) for disclosure statements, a document submitted by non-electronic mail will be deemed to have been received by the Board on the date the document is postmarked. Documents delivered by non-electronic common carriers other than the United States Post Office will be deemed to have been received by the Board on the date the common carrier received the document. Candidates have the burden of demonstrating the date the common carrier received such document, including by means of the common carrier's time stamp or payment receipt.

(3) Disclosure statements. (i) Candidates who submit disclosure statements through non-electronic mail with the United States Post Office or by other non-electronic common carrier shall obtain a receipt or date stamp confirming the date on which the carrier received the disclosure statement. Such disclosure statements that are delivered by the Post Office or common carrier to the Board without a postmark or similar mark will be presumed to have been mailed three days earlier unless evidence presented to the Board, such as a post office receipt, establishes otherwise.

(ii) A complete disclosure statement, submitted in an electronic manner or otherwise, actually received by the Board no later than close of business on the due date for that disclosure statement applicable under Rule 3-02 will be considered to be submitted in a timely manner and to permit the Board to make a payment determination based on matchable contributions claimed therein when the Board next makes payment determinations. In order to make possible payment within four business days after receipt of disclosure statements, or as soon thereafter as is practicable, pursuant to §3-705(4) of the Code, the Board may not review disclosure statements for possible payment if they are not actually received by the Board by the specified due date, although the Board may review such disclosure statements when making payment determinations at a later date.

(iii) A complete disclosure statement, not actually received by the Board by the due date applicable under Rule 3-02, that is delivered by non-electronic mail with a postmark date that is on or before the due date, or received by another non-electronic common carrier on or before the due date, nonetheless will be considered to be submitted in a timely manner. This submission, however, may not be sufficiently timely to permit the Board to make a payment determination when the Board next makes payment determinations so the Board shall make a determination on such a disclosure statement at such time as it is practicable and the Board is considering making payments based on matchable contributions claimed in disclosure statements actually received on or before a subsequent applicable due date.

(iv) A candidate who fails to deliver a complete disclosure statement in a timely manner is in violation of the Act and subject to penalty under §§ 3-710.5 and 3-711(1) of the Code.

(4) Documents submitted electronically. Candidates and others submitting documents to the Board electronically shall submit such documents in such electronic manner as shall be provided by the Board.

(b) Legibility; Readability. The Board will not accept any electronic disclosure statement or other document, or any part thereof, that is infected with a virus, damaged, blank, improperly formatted, or otherwise unreadable by the Board, or if the disclosure statement or other document, or any part thereof, is in a non-electronic format, is illegible.

(c) Documentation. Disclosure statements will not be deemed complete unless submitted with the records required by Rules 3-04(a) and 4-01(b)(2) and (3) for each matchable contribution claimed in the disclosure statement.

(d) Date issued or provided. Documents sent by mail, including any report or notice, shall be considered issued or provided by the Board on the date the document is postmarked. Documents sent by a common carrier shall be considered issued or provided by the Board on the date that the documents were received by the common carrier. Documents sent by electronic mail to an e-mail address provided to the Board shall be considered issued or provided upon transmission, unless the Board is informed that the transmission did not reach the intended recipient.