R-1 Electronic Filing System (REFS)
Prior to the 2013 Primary and General Elections, notice went out to all REFS filers indicating that the REFS program had to be upgraded in order to continue to file electronically. If you did not upgrade to REFS Version 3.7.2 or higher, NOTE that as of June 30, 2014 you will not be able to file your campaign finance report electronically. If you use the REFS software, go to the link that was previously emailed to you to upgrade, or contact the electronic filing help desk at (609) 292-8700 or Toll Free within NJ at 1-888-313-3532 for assistance with the upgrade.
Campaign reports and quarterly campaign reports can now be filed electronically through the Internet. The R-1 Electronic Filing System (REFS) is customized software developed by the staff of the Commission.
To receive the FREE REFS software so that you can file electronically you must:
- Attend one of the Commission's training sessions (the software will be distributed to you at the session);
- Apply for, and receive your registration number and PIN.
Legislative candidates who raise or spend, or expect to raise or spend, in excess of $100,000 in an election are required to file election fund reports and quarterly reports electronically.
- REFS FAQs
- A Registration Application must be completed by the candidate(s) and treasurer(s) participating in a candidate committee or joint candidates committee.
Check back to this page often to receive important REFS user update information.
If you have any questions or problems with the upgrade or the instructions please call the electronic filing help desk toll free within New Jersey at 1-888-313-ELEC (3532) or (609) 292-8700.
In order for us to cross-check reports received against reports expected to be filed electronically through the REFS program, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org after you have received your E-Filing receipt.
Thank you for your cooperation.