SOS announces qualifying for Democrats in HD-82

May 11, 2010 11:33 am

by Jason · 11 comments

Well, Chris Huttman was right.

Reversing what was reported at the end of last week, Secretary of State Brian Kemp has announced that qualifying will take place in HD-82, after State Rep. Kevin Levitas (D-Atlanta) announced that he would not run for re-election despite being the only candidate to qualify in either party.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced today that he will call a special primary election to fill the Democratic nomination for State House District 82 upon the withdrawal of State Rep. Kevin Levitas.

Since no Republican candidate qualified for State House District 82, there will be no Republican primary for this seat. Accordingly, the special primary election will be held only for the Democratic nomination as provided for in the law. The special primary election for the Democratic nomination will be held on Tuesday, July 20, 2010. A run-off election, if needed, will be held on Tuesday, August 10, 2010. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20, 2010.

Secretary Kemp set the candidate qualifying dates for State House District 82 as Monday, May 17 through Wednesday, May 19, 2010. Qualifying on Monday will run from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.; on Tuesday from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.; and on Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 12 noon.

Qualifying will be held 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 $400.00.

Voters can request an absentee ballot from their county registrar’s office through the close of business on Friday, July 16, 2010. Absentee ballots must be returned to the county registrar by close of business on Election Day. Photo identification is not required when voting by mail. To download an absentee ballot request form, please visit

All citizens residing in State House District 82 who are not registered to vote must register before the close of business on Monday, June 21, 2010 to be eligible to vote in the special primary election. Voter registration forms can be obtained at any county registrar’s office or from the Secretary of State’s website.

Registered voters can visit the Secretary of State’s MVP website to view a sample ballot specific to that voter for upcoming elections, find their Election Day polling location and early voting locations in their county, check their registration status, track the status of their absentee ballot, and more. The MVP website can be accessed at:

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.

Chris Huttman May 11, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Even a stopped clock…

Doug Grammer May 11, 2010 at 12:17 pm

But an independent can still run in the general?

Chris Huttman May 11, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Yeah just like they can in every race, gotta get the signatures in July.

Chris May 11, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Or, the Republican could qualify as a democrat. Since the Dems have no oath or allegiance to run under their banner, George W. Bush could qualify if he lived in the district.

rugby May 11, 2010 at 1:38 pm

As I said before, they are used to that in the district (c.f.: Levitas, Kevin).

ByteMe May 11, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Or Zell Miller :)

Sarah Scott May 11, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Has there been any reason stated for Levitas’ resignation?

Romegaguy May 11, 2010 at 7:55 pm

the standard “spend more time with my family” that everybody uses

Lady Thinker May 11, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Maybe a scandal that hasn’t come to light or severe health problems like cancer or a loved one with a severe problems.

macho May 11, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Huttman was correct on the law, but incorrect to create an issue that wasn’t there, with an alarmist post, implying that Kemp might not follow precedent.

ByteMe May 11, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Kemp’s office told the AJC that they were doing something contrary to what Chris pointed out was done before. The AJC didn’t make it up and neither did Chris.

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