Qualifying for Office
Secretary of State Qualifying Packet
The Secretary of State has posted its Qualifying Packet for candidates wishing to qualify for U.S. Senate, U.S. Representative, or State office.
Requirements for Qualifying
Various offices have different requirements for those who wish to run. It is the applicant’s responsibility to determine what the qualifications are, and that they are met. For more information, visit Georgia’s Secretary of State’s website.
Qualifying has ended for the upcoming Municipal Election.
- Declaration of Candidacy and Affidavit - Use for County partisan offices
- Notice of Candidacy and Affidavit - Use for Municipalities and Nonpartisan offices
- Board of Education Affidavit
- Clerk of Superior Court Affidavit
- Judge of Probate Court Affidavit
- Sheriff Affidavit
- Tax Commissioner Affidavit
All local county candidates and county elected officials are required to file reports pertaining to their personal and campaign finances directly with the Oconee County Elections Office. All State officeholders must file directly with the State Ethics Commission. All filings are public record. Campaign Finance filings submitted by elected officials/candidates to the Oconee County Elections Office may be requested through an Open Records Request. All local municipal candidates and municipal elected officials are required to file the same reports, but they must file with their City or Town Clerk and any open records requests must be submitted to the municipality.
If you have a campaign committee, it needs to register directly with the Commission. (Form RC). Even though the form on their website says, to mail or hand-deliver, they have changed the requirements, and it must be filed electronically.
There are several different required filings, which are subject to filing schedules, deadlines, grace periods, and fines per the Commission. Filings need to begin prior to the acceptance, or spending of campaign monies and continue until the final filing conditions are met, and the final termination report has been filed.
For filing and training schedules, or answers to any questions that a candidate or elected official may have, please refer to the State Ethics Commission.
The State Ethics Commission - contact information:
Accepting Campaign Donations
Before accepting donations or expending any money for your campaign, you must file a form DOI (Declaration of Intention to Accept Campaign Contributions) with the appropriate filing officer for your office. Many laws regulating the acceptance of campaign contributions are governed by the State Ethics Commission. Please visit their website before accepting any donations.
List of Registered Voters
For information about ordering lists of registered voters in your district please visit the Secretary of State’s website.
O.C.G.A. § 16-7-58(a) prohibits you from erecting signs on public or private property if you do not have permission to do so.
- It shall be unlawful for any person to place posters, signs, or advertisements:
O.C.G.A. § 21-2-414 Restrictions on campaign activities and public opinion within the vicinity of a polling place; cellular phone use prohibited; prohibition of candidates from entering certain polling places; penalty
- No person shall solicit votes in any manner or by any means or method, nor shall any person distribute or display any campaign material, nor shall any person solicit signatures for any petition, nor shall any person, other than election officials discharging their duties, establish or set up any tables or booths on any day in which ballots are being cast:
Request a Voter List
Voter Registration Lists
By law, voter registration lists are available to the public and contain the following information: voter name, residential address, mailing address if different, race, gender, registration date, and last voting date. Pricing is set by the Secretary of State’s Office. Such data may not be used by any person for commercial purposes. (O.C.G.A. § 21-2-225 (c))
Order Voter Registration Lists and Files
For information about ordering lists of registered voters in your district please visit the Secretary of State’s Website.