Georgia: Running for Office

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This is a guidebook for candidates and voters in the state of Georgia.

Contents

Voter Registration Deadlines

  • Special Election...February 21, 2006
  • General Primary/Special Election...June 19, 2006
  • Primary Runoff/Special Runoff...June 19, 2006
  • Special Election...August 21, 2006
  • General Election/Special Election...October 10, 2006
  • General Election Runoff...October 10, 2006

Election 2006 Dates

  • Special Election...March 21, 2006
  • General Primary/Special Election...July 18, 2006
  • Primary Runoff/Special Runoff...August 8, 2006
  • Special Election...September 19, 2006
  • General Election/Special Election...November 7, 2006
  • General Election Runoff...December 5, 2006

Voter Qualifications

  • A citizen of the United States.
  • Legal resident of Georgia and of the county in which you wish to vote.
  • At least 18 years of age by election day.

You may not vote if you have ever been convicted of a felony or have been deemed mentally incompetent.

Important Note: A bill (House Bill 244), passed by the State House, which required special photo identification in order to vote has been delayed by a federal court ruling. This applied to any special elections held in 2005. If this ruling is upheld or struck down, I will be sure to include the relevant information in a future entry. This bill, supported by Georgia Republicans, would adversely affect minority voters and is a simple political ploy to further reduce Democrat voters in the state. Under current law, there are 17 forms of photo identification which are acceptable. The bill seeks to impose one specific photo identification card for voting.

Other voter information can be found here.

Important Candidate Dates and Deadlines

January 1, 2006: Earliest day to file and publish a notice of intention to be a write-in candidate in the General Election.

April 24, 2006 9:00 A.M.: Earliest day for a Political Party candidate to file Declaration of Candidacy to have his/her name placed on the General Primary Election Ballot.

April 28, 2006 12 noon: Last day for a Political Party candidate to file Declaration of Candidacy to have his/her name placed on the General Primary Election Ballot.

June 10, 2006: Last day for a political body to hold a convention for the purpose of nominating candidates to be placed on the General Election Ballot.

June 26, 2006 9:00 A.M.: Earliest day for an Independent or Political Body candidate to file a nomination petition.

June 26, 2006 9:00 A.M.: Earliest day for an Independent, Political Body, or Nonpartisan candidate to file Notice of Candidacy to have his/her name placed on the General Election Ballot.

June 30, 2006 12 noon: Last day for an Independent, Political Body, or Nonpartisan candidate to file Notice of Candidacy to have his/her name placed on the General Election Ballot.

September 5, 2006: Last day to file and publish a notice of intention to be a write-in candidate in the General Election.

Other candidate information can be found here.

Acknowledement

This information came from a dKos Diary by topazpilot

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