Atlanta, GA – Tuesday, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced receipt of Governor Nathan Deal’s Writ of Election setting Tuesday, November 3rd as the date for the special elections to fill the vacancies in State Senate District 43 and State House District 122.
Kemp set candidate qualifying for Monday, September 14th through Wednesday, September 16th. Qualifying on Monday will run from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; and on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.
Candidates will qualify in the Elections Division of the Office of Secretary of State, located at 802 West Tower, 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, in Atlanta. The qualifying fee is $400.
The election for Georgia Senate District 43 will occur in portions of DeKalb County, Rockdale County, and Newton County to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Ronald Ramsey. The election for Georgia House of Representatives District 122 will occur in Columbia County to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Ben Harbin.
The elections are non-partisan special elections with no party primaries. However, each candidate’s party affiliation, if any, will be listed on the ballot. Run-off elections, if needed, will be held Tuesday, December 1, 2015.
Voters can request an absentee ballot from their county registrar’s office and must return to the county registrar’s office by the close of polls on Election Day. To download an absentee ballot request form, please visit: http://www.sos.ga.gov/elections.
Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.
Citizens must be registered to vote before the close of business on Monday, October 5, 2015 to participate in the November 3, 2015 special election. Voter registration forms can be obtained at any county registrar’s office or from the Secretary of State’s website. Citizens with a valid Georgia driver’s license can register to vote online or by using the “GA Votes” app on a mobile device.