Two weeks ago, we passed along word that State Rep Gloria Tinubu was resigning effective immediately and was moving out of state. She had been representing parts of Fulton, DeKalb, and Clayton Counties in House District 60.
I guess we need to see what the cost of yet another special election will be, and see if South Carolina is willing to fund that as part of our ongoing port expansion negotiations.
Speaking of which, as this was being typed, the Secretary of State’s office sent word of the special elections being set for both Tinubu’s seat, as well as that in House District 107. Distric 107 is vacant from Rep Len Walker’s resignation to become Chaplain at Big Canoe Chapel. Doubtful that Big Canoe Chapel will be covering the cost of another special election either.
Atlanta – Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp today announced receipt of Governor Nathan Deal’s Writs of Election setting Tuesday, February 7, 2012 as the date for the special elections to fill the vacancies in State House Districts 60 and 107.
Secretary Kemp set candidate qualifying for Monday, January 9, 2012 through Wednesday, January 11, 2012. Qualifying on Monday will run from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; on Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; and on Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Candidates will qualify in the Elections Division of the Office of Secretary of State, 802 West Tower, 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SE, Atlanta, Georgia 30334. The qualifying fee is $400.
The election for State House District 60 will occur in portions of Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton Counties. The election for State House District 107 will occur in portions of Gwinnett and Walton Counties. The elections are non-partisan special elections with no party primaries. However, each candidate’s party affiliation, if any, will be listed on the ballot.
Run-off elections, if needed, will be held Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Voters can request an absentee ballot from their county registrar’s office through the close of business on Friday, February 3, 2012.
Absentee ballots must be returned to the county registrar’s office by the close of polls on Election Day. To download an absentee ballot request form, please visit: www.sos.ga.gov/elections. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. Citizens must be registered to vote by Monday, January 9, 2012 to participate in the February 7, 2012 special election. Voter registration forms can be obtained at any county registrar’s office or from the Secretary of State’s website: sos.ga.gov/elections.
Brian Kemp has been Secretary of State since 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.