Qualifying for local and state elections starts Monday

by Meris Lutz March 05, 2016 10:00 PM MARIETTA — Republicans or Democrats who hope to…

Georgia (Mar 7, 2016)MARIETTA — Republicans or Democrats who hope to serve Cobb County in one of 56 local and state elected positions on the ballot this November must officially declare themselves this week.

Qualifying for independents will be in June. 

Candidates for county-level partisan offices, including sheriff, county commission chairman, county commissioners and others, must qualify at their respective county party headquarters. Candidates for county-level nonpartisan offices, including state court judgeships, must qualify with the Cobb Elections Office. Candidates for state offices qualify at locations in Atlanta.

The qualifying period starts Monday, March 7 at 9 a.m. and ends Friday, March 11 at noon. ..Andrew Pieper, associate profession of political science at Kennesaw State University, said candidates looking to run for local or state officers during a presidential election year could see their chances affected by party affiliation. 


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by Meris Lutz
March 05, 2016 10:00 PM

“Nationally, Democrats get a higher turnout in presidential election years,” Pieper said. “That’s why in those midterm elections of 2010, 2014, Republicans did so well.”

He clarified, however, that “we’re only talking a few percentage points here, and in most races, that won’t matter.”

Pieper said one thing to watch for this year is how general frustration with establishment politics in Washington will affect incumbents in the U.S. House and Senate. …



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