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Qualifying Information

Q: When is qualifying?

A: Qualifying for Political Party Candidates, Nonpartisan Candidates, Independent Candidates, and Political Body Candidates will begin Monday, March 3, 2014 at 9:00am and will cease on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 12:00 noon.

A second qualifying period for Independent and Political Body Candidates will begin Monday, June 23, 2014 at 9:00am  and will cease Friday, June 27, 2014 at 12:00 noon. 

If you need information regarding additional requirements for qualifying as an independent or political body candidate, please contact the Secretary of State Elections Division at 404-656-2871 or your local Supervisor of Elections. 

Q: Where will qualifying be conducted?

A: Qualifying for State Non-Partisan Offices (Justice of the Supreme Court, Judge of Court of Appeals and Judge of Superior Court) will be conducted at three locations in the state:

Elections Division 
Suite 802, West Tower
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30334

Please note that as of January 2012, any individual entering the Sloppy Floyd Building will be required to present identification at the security post. If you are planning to qualify at the Secretary of State Elections Division Location, please be sure to bring your identification (i.e. valid driver’s license).

South Georgia Office 
238 East Second Street
Tifton, GA 31794

Professional Licensing Board Division
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217

Qualifying for Political Parties for State Offices will be conducted at the State Capitol. Please contact the State Executive Parties for specific locations.

Georgia Republican Party 
3110 Maple Drive
Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: (404) 257-5559
Fax: (404) 257-0779

Democratic Party of Georgia
P.O. Box 20442
Atlanta, GA 30325
763 Trabert Ave. NW
Atlanta GA 30318
Phone: 678-278-2016 

For information on qualifying for local offices, please contact your local Election Supervisor.  

Q: What are the qualifying fees?

A: Qualifying fees for Federal and State Offices may be found at HERE.  For information on qualifying fees for local offices, please contact your local Supervisor of Elections.

Q: What method of payment can I use to pay my qualifying fees?

A: For individuals qualifying for state non-partisan offices your payment must be check or money order. The Secretary of State’s office does not accept cash payments. Please remember if your check is returned for insufficient funds you will be automatically disqualified from the race that you are seeking.
For individuals qualifying with the state political parties, local political parties or local Supervisor of Elections, please contact the organization for acceptable methods of payment.

Q: What will I need to bring with me to qualifying?

A: Please bring valid identification for notary purpose. You may also bring a completed declaration of candidacy if you are running as a political party candidate or the notice of candidacy if you are qualifying for a non-partisan office. You will also need to bring your qualifying fee.

Q: Can someone submit my declaration/notice of candidacy on my behalf?

A: Yes, the Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A. §§ 21-2-132, 153) allows for the candidate or their agent to submit the declaration/notice of candidacy. If your agent is submitting the form on your behalf it must be completed in its entirety and include the notarized original signature. 


214 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
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