Citizens in every county throughout the state of Georgia are preparing for the 2022 candidate qualification opportunity window, which is open between March 7 and 11. Per O.C.G.A. 21-2-153(c)(1)(A), nonpartisan candidates may qualify to be included in special elections that may occur at the same time as the primaries. Additionally, party-affiliated candidates may quality for primaries and special elections. Independent candidates may file a notice of candidacy and affidavits the week of March 7-11 for county, state, and federal offices that will be on the ballot in November. Nomination petitions are required in the state of Georgia for Independents and circulation is permitted 1/13/22 - 7/12/22. Contact your county Board of Elections for all the details.
As citizens, there are two main areas to monitor for opportunities within our representative system:
1 - Candidate Qualification processes handled at the County Level - typically state judges, school boards, county commissions, some staff, and some municipal.
2 - Candidate Qualification processes handled at the Georgia State Capitol - state legislature, judgeships, service commissioners, state executive branch, and federal positions.
This year, county Boards of Elections have had an extremely high workload because of the issues surrounding both re-apportionment and re-districting. New "official" maps are just only now arriving to offices for public and candidate use. Additionally, there are several new requirements from recent election legislation, including the posting of daily reports during the early voting period. Many Election Advisors are bracing for the consequences of the inability to confirm the integrity of absentee ballots, as signature verification is no longer a requirement. Some claim their hands are tied regarding observations of ballot harvesting activities, even though the drop boxes may be within their immediate purview. Additionally, in a no-bid contract, Georgia's Secretary of State announced the outsourcing of Georgia's Voter Registration System to Salesforce.com, which has raised immense concern. Citizens are critically needed again this election cycle to engage the election processes, in roles such as election watchdogs, paid workers and poll watchers.
PUBLIC NOTICE FOR BULLOCH COUNTY, WHICH SHOULD BE SIMILAR TO OTHER COUNTIES. Qualifier Bulloch pdf
PUBLIC NOTICE FOR CHATHAM COUNTY. Qualifier Chatham pdf
STATE SUPERVISED FILING WILL BE AT THE GEORGIA STATE CAPITOL IN ATLANTA MAR 7-11. THIS IS A LIST OF KNOWN POSITIONS AND INCUMBENT CANDIDATES:
U.S. Senate (Warnock incumbent)
LT Governor (Duncan)
Agriculture Commissioner (Black)
Attorney General (Carr)
Labor Commissioner (Butler)
Insurance and Safety Commissioner (King)
Public Service Commissioner (Echols)
Secretary of State (Raffensberger)
State School Superintendent (Woods)
All State Senate and House District Representative Positions
Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia
Court of Appeals Judges (Barnes, McFadden, Pinson, Pipkin)
Superior Court Judges (Colvin, LaGrua, Nahmias, McMillian)
CITIZENS: Visit your My Voter Page to confirm that you are REGISTERED TO VOTE in Georgia and confirm you election districts for all of the different races. Your school district may be different than you county commissioner district and legislative district. You may also print a handy card to keep track. Do you need to register to vote or change your registration? Visit this page and be sure you are registered to vote by April 25, 2022. Additionally, it is best to continuously talent-scout for candidates in your area. Encourage them to represent you and your family!
CANDIDATES: Prior to you accepting any contributions, you must file a Declaration of Intention to Accept Campaign Contributions this information is found on the ethics website here is the link. Please review the Government Transparency and Campaign Finance website. Citizens may find State Qualifier Information & Fees on this part of the Secretary of State website. This site contains Candidate Info, Information for Candidates, then Qualifications & Disqualifications for holding Elective Office in Georgia.
In the spirit of basic political organization that is currently on an upswing throughout the country, consider this classic video featuring John Wayne and Ronald Reagan for inspiration to engage our political system with tenacity and honor. Additionally, see this recent piece featuring the Chairwoman of Cobb County, Salleigh Grubbs, who describes how to make a difference in local elections.