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Qualifying Period for the 2017 City of Atlanta’s Municipal General Election

Post Date:08/21/2017

News Release

Council Communications
Atlanta City Hall
55 Trinity Ave. SW
Atlanta, GA  30303 

Dexter M. Chambers
Council Communications Director - Email
(404) 330-6309-Direct / (404) 392-0159-Cell


August 21, 2017

Qualifying Period for the 2017 City of Atlanta’s Municipal General Election

ATLANTA – The City of Atlanta’s Municipal General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 to fill the offices of Mayor, City Council President, City Council Members, and Board of Education Members; and to retain Municipal Court Judges.

Candidates shall qualify to fill the aforementioned offices at Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue S.W. 30303, Second Floor, Council Chamber, Tuesday August 22, Wednesday, August 23, Thursday August 24, and Friday August 25, 2017 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. sharp, each day.


Any person seeking to place his/her name on the ballot for election (become a candidate), shall qualify as follows:


Filing a Notice of Candidacy and Affidavit, with the Municipal Clerk/Election Superintendent, or her designated agent. 


Paying a set qualifying fee to the Municipal Clerk/Election Superintendent or her designated agent for the desired office as follows:




City Council President


City Council Member


Board of Education Member

$ 444.00 


Fees may be paid by cash, cashier’s check, money order or personal check made payable to the City of Atlanta. However, a personal check that is returned for insufficient funds will automatically result in candidate’s disqualification.


Candidates may qualify to seek elected office and have their name placed on the ballot by filing as a pauper.


Candidates who by oath swear or affirm poverty (having neither the assets nor the income to pay the qualifying fee required by law) resulting in the inability to pay the qualifying fee, may qualify as a pauper by:


Filing a Notice of Candidacy and Affidavit   with the Municipal Clerk/Election Superintendent, or her designated agent.

 And submitting

A sworn Affidavit to Qualify In Forma Pauperis (which includes a financial statement);


Qualifying Petition for Filing as a Pauper circulated and signed not earlier than Monday, February 27, 2017, nor later than Friday, August 25, 2017.  This petition requires valid signatures of current registered voters, in the City (for city-wide offices) or in the District where the office is sought.  The signatures must equal or exceed 1% (one percent) of the number of voters that were registered and eligible to vote in the City, or in the District, during the last (2013) General Election.   


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