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The State Board of Elections (SBE) was created in 1946 as a bipartisan agency responsible for ensuring uniformity, fairness, accuracy and purity in all elections in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The agency promotes the proper administration of election laws, campaign finance disclosure compliance, and voter registration processes in Virginia by promulgating rules, regulations, issuing instructions, and providing information to local electoral boards and general registrars. In addition, the agency maintains a centralized database of state-wide voter registration and election related data.
On March 19, 2012, The Virginia State Board of Elections launched a new online application for candidates and political committees to file campaign finance reports. Committee Electronic Tracking - known as COMET- replaces the desktop VAFiling software, which has been in use since 1999. All candidates and PACs can begin using COMET immediately. E-Filers who do not use third-party software must use COMET to prepare and submit their next scheduled campaign finance reports. VAFiling reports will no longer be accepted for reports due in 2012 and beyond.
I want to use COMET Step-by-Step:
Click this link for the User Manual which you should review before getting started.
Get started by establishing a profile or account and a Statement of Organization (SOO).
Create users and profiles.
Enter Line-Item entries (Receipts, Expenditures, and Loans/Debts).
Enter any Large Dollar and Large Pre-Election Contributions.
Manage your Contacts
Prepare and Submit your Reports
Timing Out in COMET
Using Approved 3rd Party Vendors for Uploading in COMET.
Committees who are switching from VAFiling to COMET MUST complete and submit a NEW Statement of Organization in COMET before you can begin entering your transactions. Existing committees are NOT required to sign and submit a paper version of the Statement of Organization UNLESS you are changing information that is currently on file with SBE or your local board (e.g. Name or Address of Treasurer). SBE is standing by to "Accept" your new committee as soon after you submit your committee's Statement of Organization.
All questions, comments and faxes in relation to COMET should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 1-804-786-1364.