2004 Presidential Election

Summary of Key Dates, Events & Information

June thru October 2004

November 2, 2004

Mid-November thru December 13, 2004

December 7, 2004

December 13, 2004

December 22, 2004

On or Before January 3, 2005

January 6, 2005

January 20, 2005 at Noon


General Authority

The Archivist of the United States, as the head of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), is responsible for carrying out ministerial duties on behalf of the States and the Congress under 3 U.S.C. sections 6, 11, 12, and 13. NARA is primarily responsible for coordinating the various stages of the electoral process by helping the States prepare and submit certificates that establish the appointment of electors and validate the electoral votes of each State. The Archivist delegates operational duties to the Director of the Federal Register. The Federal Register Legal Staff ensures that electoral documents are transmitted to Congress, made available to the public, and preserved as part of our nation's history. The Legal Staff reviews the electoral certificates for the required signatures, seals and other matters of form, as specified in Federal law. Only the Congress and the Courts have the authority to rule on substantive legal issues.

Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, March 2004.