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House Press Gallery

U.S. House of Representatives

SCC Election Rules




Two new members of the Standing Committee of Correspondents will be elected on



Ballots may be cast in the House Press Gallery

Rooms H-315-319 in the U.S. Capitol.

Polls will open at 9:30am and close at 5:30pm.

Properly-endorsed nominating petitions for the members below have been filed. Each of the two winners would serve a two-year term.



Emma Dumain



Matt Fuller

Huffington Post


Kellie Mejdrich

CQ Roll Call


Sarah Wire

Los Angeles Times







Article I          There shall be elected by and from the membership of the Congressional Press Galleries, a Standing Committee of Correspondents consisting of five members selected in the following manner:

(a)Three members shall be elected in odd-numbered years and two in even-numbered years

(b)The Committee shall elect its officers [see article IV(m)]

(c)Vacancies shall be filled by special election

(d)Elections shall be held in January


Article II         Following an election notice by the Standing Committee, nominating petitions for membership ion the Committee shall be in order on the first Monday in December, provided:

(a)No petition shall be posted prior to 9:30 am on the first eligible day

(b)A petition bearing less than 15 signatures of Gallery members may not be posted

(c)Candidates or their managers shall provide a petition for each Gallery to be posted in a conspicuous place as determined by the Superintendent

(d)No nominating petition may be posted after 5:00 pm on the eve of the convening of Congress, and those previously posted shall be removed from public display


Article III       Prior to the opening of the poll, the Chairman of the Standing Committee, or any member of the Committee he may designate, shall attend in the area where the votes are to be taken for the purpose of receiving the secretary’s financial report; any member of the Galleries may raise a question that is relevant to the report.


Article IV       Elections shall be held in the House Press Gallery in even-numbered years, and in the Senate Press Gallery in odd-numbered years, on the third Thursday in January, and the fourth Thursday in January of every fourth year in which the Presidential inauguration ceremony occurs, and will be conducted inconformity with the following:

(a)The ballot box shall be examined by the election judges or the Gallery officials attending the poll before being closed

(b)The poll shall open at 9:30 am on the day prescribed or immediately following the presentation of the financial report;  inquiries relative to the report shall not prevent the opening of the poll

(c)Campaign activities by candidates or their managers within 15 feet of the poll is prohibited

(d)The poll shall be supervised by the Superintendents and the first Assistant Superintendents of the House and Senate Press Galleries in  a manner they deem appropriate

(e)Members casting a ballot shall place a suitable mark in the box adjacent to the name of the candidate or candidates of their choice; members casting ballots must vote for a number of candidates equal to the number of places to be filled on the Standing Committee

(f)A ballot once deposited in the ballot box may not be amended or withdrawn

(g)Any ballot containing a “single-shot” vote, or one or more write-in votes, shall be excluded from the tally and shall be declared invalid; any ballot that, in the opinion of the election judges appointed as hereinafter provided, is marked in a manner not in conformity with practice r custom, or in a manner that makes it impossible to determine in whole or in part the selections of the voter shall be rejected from the tally and declared invalid; the determination of the election judges in such cases shall be final

(h)The poll shall close at 5:30 pm on election day

(i)The Standing Committee may, with three members concurring, extend the voting period when in their judgment extraordinary circumstances or severe weather conditions will affect the proceedings

(j)The Superintendents of each Gallery shall, at the direction of the Standing Committee, appoint a member of his Gallery to serve as an election judge, and together with the Superintendent and first Assistant Superintendent of each Gallery acting as tellers, shall be charged with the counting of the ballots

(k)Following the completion of the count, the judges and tellers shall present a signed report to each Gallery contain their findings and tally

(l)Determination of a contest in which votes are equally divided among candidates, and in which the outcome would affect the membership of the Standing Committee, shall be by the toss of a coin in the event that two candidates receive an equal number of votes, or by lot in event that three or more candidates receive an equal number of votes; the election judges shall conduct such toss of the coin or selection by lot

(m)In any organization meeting of the Standing Committee wherein the election of officers does not occur, as set forth in Article I(b), the selection of Standing Committee Chairman and Standing Committee Secretary, from among holdover members whose membership on the Committee resulted from election declared by the Standing Committee in the instance where nominations equaled occurring vacancies to be filled, shall be by the toss of a coin when being decided between two candidates and by lot for three candidates; the election judges shall conduct such toss of the coin or selection by lot at the organizational meeting of the Standing Committee


Article V         The Standing Committee shall adopt additional election procedures found to be necessary.