US DOL Info#ff6600 Q: I know an employee has 60 days to elect the coverage, but does that mean the election paperwork/notification must be in the administrators hand on the 60th day or the member electing Cobra has to mail the notification by the 60th day? thank you! US DOL Info#ff6600 A: Your employer must recieve your election within 60 days from the qualifying event. So, if your qualifying event was Jan 1st you will have no more than 60 days or March 1st to have your election form already sent to the employer. The form will have to be delivered by/before the March 1st deadline.