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2019 NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION AND QUALIFYING INFORMATION

The City of Union City municipal election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 to elect two (2) Councilmembers. The Mayor and City Council determine policies, enact legislation, and provide political leadership in the community. Council Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Worksession starts at 6:15 p.m. and Regular Council Meetings starts at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall. Additional meetings may be scheduled as needed, throughout the year.

City elections are non-partisan and are conducted by the Fulton County Department of Elections. Elected officials serve for terms of four (4) years and until their respective successors are elected and sworn in. The City Clerk serves as the Qualifying Officer and will be the person to receive your Notice of Candidacy and Affidavit. 

Certain documents are required to be filed with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, or GGTCFC (formerly known as the State Ethics Commission). The website address is http://www.ethics.ga.gov and candidates should familiarize themselves with all forms, publications and the requirements of candidacy for public office. All candidates should also familiarize themselves with the Constitution of the State of Georgia, City of Union City “Code of Ethics”, and may find the Rules and Regulations of the State Election Board helpful as well.

QUALIFYING PERIOD:

Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 21-2-132, qualifying for the election will take place at the City of Union City – City Hall beginning on Monday, August 19, 2019 through Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

City Clerk’s Office
5047 Union Street
Union City, GA 30291

QUALIFYING FEES:

A Municipality shall fix and publish a qualifying fee for each office to be filled in the upcoming election. Such fee shall be three (3) percent of the total gross salary of the office paid in the proceeding calendar year. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 21-2-131(a) the qualifying fees are:

Councilmember - $475.50

GEORGIA LAW REQUIREMENTS:

  • Shall not have been convicted of violation of primary or election laws, malfeasance in office, or felony involving moral turpitude or conviction of domestic violence.
  • Shall not be the holder of any public funds illegally.

 QUALIFYING REQUIREMENTS:

  • No person shall be eligible for the office of Mayor or Council of said city unless he/she have been a resident of said city for a period of one (1) year immediately preceding the time that he/she qualified to run for office.
  • Shall have attained or passed his/her twenty-first (21) birthday.
  • No person’s name shall be placed on the ballot as a candidate for councilmember unless such person shall have filed a Notice of Candidacy and shall have paid the qualifying fee to the office of the City Clerk.

The Elections Division of the Secretary of State

The Elections Division of the Secretary of State's office organizes and oversees all election activity, including voter registration, municipal, state, county and federal elections. They are responsible for certification of election results as well as certifying the qualification of candidates and preparation of ballots and election forms and materials.

Please follow this link to the official Georgia Secretary of State website: https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections