Qualifying to open in two weeks
Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 1:50pm
November’s election is only a few months away with qualifying next month.
As of press time Tuesday, there are no county positions on the ballot this year in Jefferson County. A variety of city council seats and mayoral seats will be available.
“All the cities have contracted with the county to conduct the elections in November,” said Susan Gray, Jefferson County’s elections superintendent.
Qualifying will be held Monday, Aug. 21, through Friday, Aug. 25. Anyone interested in qualifying may do so during those dates at the respective city hall. Each city is conducting its own qualifying and accepting qualifying fees and documentation.
“The city clerks will be publishing their own qualifying notices soon. Those notices will contain the city fees involved in qualifying as well as the times and dates to qualify,” Gray said.
No county positions are up for election or re-election this year. There will only be municipal elections in November. The qualifying fees are based on a percentage of what the position pays; and, that percentage is set by the city’s council Gray said.
“The state code requires the qualifying notices to be published at least two weeks in advance of qualifying. So, anyone interested in running for office will have that information available,” she said.
Because of the intergovernmental agreements with the cities, early voting will be held at the Elections Office on Green Street in Louisville. Voting on Election Day will be at the usual and regular precincts of each city. Anyone who needs an absentee ballot should contact their city hall. The voter registration deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 5 p.m.
“Those who need to register can do so online until midnight Oct. 10 at the Secretary of State’s website, www.sos.ga.gov, or go to the Elections Office in Louisville. Early voting starts Monday, Oct. 16, through Friday, Nov. 3. You can be 17 and a half to be registered to vote; but, you have to be 18 to vote,” Gray said.
Those who want to register have until Tuesday, Oct. 10, through business hours at the Elections Office or online until midnight. This is also the deadline to make a change of address or last name change.
To register to vote in Glascock County, you should go to the Elections Office at 676 W. Main Street in Gibson.