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  • Summary date: Apr 11 2019 - View Summary

    Amends GS 163A-1411(29), to define the term qualified digital communication to mean any communication, for a fee, placed or promoted on a public website, web application, or digital application. 

    Amends GS 163A-1411(41) to clarify that, within the definition of an electioneering communication, a digital communication is a qualified digital communication and that among its characteristics is that it may be received by 5,000 or more individuals in the state in an election for statewide office or 7,500 or more individuals in any other election if in the form of broadcast, cable, or satellite communication, or 20,000 or more households in a statewide election or 2,500 households in another election if in the form of mass mailing or telephone bank. 

    Amends GS 163A-1475(1) to add that a qualified digital communication is included within the definition of advertisement.

    Amends GS 163A-1476 to clarify throughout that statute that the digital communications are qualified digital communications, and that the disclosure statement must be in letters at least as large as the smallest text and have a reasonable degree of color contrast between the disclosure statement and the background. Sets out additional requirements for communications disseminated through a medium in which it is not possible to provide the specified disclosure statement. 

    Amends GS 163A-1477 to add qualified digital communications to disclosure requirements.

    Enacts new GS 163A-1478 to require any person making a qualified digital communication to submit it to the State Board of Elections (State Board) along with the required disclosure information. This information must be maintained on the State Board's website. 

    Applies to elections conducted on or after September 1, 2019.