Monday, March 22, 2010

Secretary of State Kemp Sets Qualifying Dates for the Special Election in Congressional District 9

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced today receipt of Governor Sonny Perdue’s Writ of Election setting Tuesday, April 27, 2010 as the date for the Special Election to fill the unexpired term of U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal.

Secretary Kemp set candidate qualifying for Monday, March 29, 2010 through Wednesday, March 31, 2010. Qualifying on Monday will run from 9:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.; on Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.; and on Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Candidates will qualify in the Elections Division of the Office of Secretary of State, 1104 West Tower, 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SE, Atlanta, Georgia 30334-1505. The qualifying fee is $5,220 for this office.

The election for Congressional District 9 will occur in the following counties: Catoosa, Dade, Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer, Hall, Lumpkin, Murray, Pickens, Union, Walker, White, Whitfield, and portions of Forsyth and Gordon. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27, 2010.

The election is a non-partisan special election with no party primary. However, each candidate’s party affiliation, if any, will be listed on the ballot. A run-off election, if needed, will be held Tuesday, May 25, 2010.

Voters can request an absentee ballot from their county registrar’s office through the close of business on Friday, April 23, 2010. Absentee ballots must be returned to the county registrar’s office by the close of polls on Election Day. Photo identification is not required when voting by mail. To download an absentee ballot request form, please visit:

Citizens must be registered to vote by Friday, April 2, 2010 to participate in the April 27, 2010 election. Voter registration forms can be obtained at any county registrar’s office or from the Secretary of State’s website:

Brian Kemp was sworn in as Secretary of State in January 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting efficient and secure elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities and professional license holders. The office also oversees the Georgia Archives and the Capitol Museum.
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