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2018 Post-Election Data Updates For Advocacy

With the midterm elections in the rear view mirror, we know you're planning your 2019 advocacy work. We want to make sure you know when you can target newly elected public officials.

Below is a breakdown of how we will update our advocacy data and districts after the election and some other tips.

We will use this blog to provide updates and further details on when newly elected officials will be updated in the system. Use the “Subscribe to this blog” link at the top of the page to ensure you get these important updates. 

"Lame Duck" Session Is in Effect

Blackbaud, working with our partners and data vendors, receives updated target data when new officials take office. After processing and validating the information we will push a series of updates to Luminate Online to ensure the advocacy data within your site is accurate.
  • Federal Senators and Representatives return to Congress on January 3, 2019, when the 1st Session of the 116th Congress convenes. Newly elected Federal Senators and Representatives will take office at that time.
  • Newly elected state, county and municipal officials and legislators will take office at various times throughout the remainder of 2018 and into 2019.

The Timing of Updates

  • House of Representatives. Congressional targets will get updated in a timely fashion thanks to the adoption of the Communicating with Congress (CWC) standards. The CWC standards help improve deliverability and ensure that US Congressional data will be up-to-date no later than January 3, 2019.
  • US Senate. The Senate is more challenging. The Senate has not yet agreed upon uniform communication standards. This means that timing of Senate updates depends on each individual senator. As new senators assume office, they will set up either an email addresses or a webform. We will update contact data within Luminate Advocacy appropriately. The timing can vary. In past years for some senators this has process has extended into February. 
  • State targets (governors, state legislators). Timing for state level updates differs based on when we receive the new target data from each state. For some states the updates will be as early as November 2018 and in others as late as February 2019. See the table below for timing of state updates.

State and Local Legislative Updates

We will receive the State and local legislative data by the projected dates outlined below. The dates below are not necessarily the dates your site will receive the new target data. We ask for 1-2 weeks of delivery time after we receive this data in order to make sure we test and validate it from all ends. We will continue to post updates in this blog post when new advocacy contacts are live in the system.
Legislature Distribution Date
Florida Monday, November 12, 2018
Hawaii Monday, November 12, 2018
Tennessee Monday, November 12, 2018
Alabama Monday, November 19, 2018
Delaware Monday, November 19, 2018
Indiana Monday, November 19, 2018
Nevada Monday, November 19, 2018
Oklahoma Monday, November 19, 2018
South Carolina Monday, November 19, 2018
California Monday, December 03, 2018
Idaho Monday, December 03, 2018
North Dakota Monday, December 03, 2018
Pennsylvania Monday, December 03, 2018
West Virginia Monday, December 03, 2018
Maine Monday, December 10, 2018
New Hampshire Monday, December 10, 2018
District of Columbia Monday, December 17, 2018
Kentucky Monday, December 17, 2018
Massachusetts Monday, December 17, 2018
Michigan Monday, December 17, 2018
New York Monday, December 17, 2018
Ohio Monday, December 17, 2018
Rhode Island Monday, December 17, 2018
Utah Monday, December 17, 2018
Colorado Monday, December 24, 2018
Minnesota Monday, December 24, 2018
Montana Monday, December 24, 2018
Nebraska Monday, December 24, 2018
South Dakota Monday, December 24, 2018
Texas Monday, December 24, 2018
Wisconsin Monday, December 24, 2018
Wyoming Monday, December 24, 2018
North Carolina Monday, December 31, 2018
116th US Congress
(Includes new ZIP code data for
congressional districts in
Pennsylvania and the state
legislature in North Carolina)
Monday, December 31, 2018
Connecticut Monday, January 07, 2019
Illinois Monday, January 07, 2019
Maryland Monday, January 07, 2019
Missouri Monday, January 07, 2019
Vermont Monday, January 07, 2019
Alaska Monday, January 14, 2019
Arizona Monday, January 14, 2019
Arkansas Monday, January 14, 2019
Georgia Monday, January 14, 2019
Iowa Monday, January 14, 2019
Kansas Monday, January 14, 2019
New Mexico Monday, January 14, 2019
Oregon Monday, January 14, 2019
Washington Monday, January 14, 2019
Louisiana No state elections in 2018
Mississippi No state elections in 2018
New Jersey No state elections in 2018
Virginia No state elections in 2018

We want to be as open and transparent with you all as we are updating the system after the election. Make sure to continue checking this blog to receive updates on the timing of when targets will be updated. We completely understand that this is information that you need in order to move forward with your work.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to your Customer Success Manager or respond to this blog post with questions.

- John Miller, Luminate Online Product Manager & Kathryn Hall, Senior Product Marketing Manager

Posted by Kathryn Hall on Nov 29, 2018 9:00 AM America/New_York

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