Rule 2-09 Terminating a Candidacy.

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(a) No "Opting-Out". A candidate may discontinue filing disclosure statements after filing a verified statement that his or her candidacy is terminated in accordance with subsections (b) or (c) of this rule, or if the Board has deemed the candidacy terminated pursuant to subsection (d) of this rule. Terminating a candidacy does not relieve the candidate of other Program obligations, such as maintaining records required by these Rules, submitting documentation or information in response to requests by the Board, and paying penalties for violations of the requirements of the Act and these Rules.

(b) "Off the ballot" termination. (1) A participant may submit to the Board a verification that he or she is not a candidate for that election if the participant: (i) is not on the ballot for that election; (ii) is not seeking nomination or election as a write-in candidate; (iii) has not received public funds; and (iv) has not submitted and does not intend to submit a petition for payment after final disqualification from the ballot, pursuant to Rule 5-02(b). The verification shall be in such form and manner as shall be provided by the Board, and shall contain such signatures as may be required by the Board.

(2) A limited participant or non-participant may submit to the Board a verification that he or she is not a candidate for that election if the candidate: (i) is not on the ballot for that election; and (ii) is not seeking nomination or election as a write-in candidate. The verification shall be in such form and manner as shall be provided by the Board, and shall contain such signatures as may be required by the Board.

(c) "Ceased campaigning" termination. A participant may submit to the Board a verification that he or she is not a candidate for that election if the participant: (1) has ceased all campaign activity for that election; (2) has not received public funds; and (3) has not submitted and does not intend to submit a petition for payment after final disqualification from the ballot, pursuant to Rule 5-02(b). A limited participant or non-participant may submit to the Board a verification that he or she is not a candidate for that election if the candidate has ceased all campaign activity for that election. The verification shall be in such form and manner as shall be provided by the Board, and shall contain such signatures as may be required by the Board.

(d) Termination by Board. The Board may send a notice to a participant that his or her candidacy has been deemed terminated if the participant: (1) is not on the ballot for that election; (2) has not received public funds; and (3) has not submitted a petition for payment after final disqualification from the ballot, pursuant to Rule 5-02(b). The Board may send a notice to a limited participant or non-participant that his or her candidacy has been deemed terminated if the candidate is not on the ballot for that election. If the candidate is continuing to seek nomination or election as a write-in candidate, or, in the case of a participant, intends to submit a petition for public funds pursuant to Rule 5-02(b), the candidate must so notify the Board within 10 days after receiving the notice of termination, in which case the Board will reverse the termination and the candidate must continue to submit disclosure statements. In any event, the termination will be reversed and disclosure obligations resumed if the candidate remains a candidate in the election.