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To view qualified candidates for different elections in 2022, select that election date from the ‘Election’ drop-down.

Candidate Qualifying Information for 2022 Election Cycle

All qualifying for local political party candidates and nonpartisan candidates who are qualifying for the May 24, 2022 General Primary & Nonpartisan General Election and Independent Candidates who are qualifying for the November 8, 2022 General Election will take place at the Forsyth County Voter Registrations & Elections (FCVRE) Office located at 1201 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, Georgia 30040. 

Qualifying will begin Monday, March 7, 2022 and end on Friday March 11, 2022.  Hours are as follows: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m./Noon.

Candidates who wish to qualify for the May 24, 2022 Nonpartisan General Election or qualify as an Independent Candidate for the November 8, 2022 General Election will qualify with the FCVRE department. FCVRE staff will be present during the designated time period to qualify nonpartisan/independent candidates.

Candidates who wish to qualify as a Political Party Candidate for a Forsyth County Office must qualify with either the Forsyth County Democratic Party or the Forsyth County Republican Party. Representatives from each political party will be present during the designated time period to qualify political party candidates.

Fees are paid to the organization with whom the candidate qualifies.  To review the list of offices up for election and the qualifying fees for each office, please click on the 'Candidate Qualifying Fees' tab on this page.

 

Contact Information:

Forsyth County Voter Registrations & Elections Director, Mandi Smith, 770-781-2118, ext. 2577 or mbsmith@forsythco.com

Forsyth County Democratic Party Chairperson, Melissa Clink, 843-628-9810 or melissa.clink@hotmail.com

Forsyth County Republican Party Chairperson, Jerry Marinich, 607-743-8394 or chairman@forsyth.gop

Those who wish to qualify for federal or state offices should contact the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office at 404-656-2871 or view www.sos.ga.gov for more details. 

Qualifying Dates, Deadlines and More

Candidate Qualifying Fees

The governing authority of the county, not later than February 1 of any year in which a general primary, nonpartisan election or general election is held, shall fix and publish the qualifying fee for each county office. The fee shall be 3 percent of the base salary of the office paid in the preceding calendar year exclusive of compensation supplements for training provided for in O.C.G.A.§36-5-27 and cost-of-living adjustments pursuant to O.C.G.A.§36-5-28.  O.C.G.A. § 21-2-131

If not a salaried office, a reasonable fee shall be set by the governing authority of the county. The fee is not to exceed 3 percent of the income derived from such county office by the person holding the office for the preceding year.


2022 Forsyth County Open Offices and Qualifying Fees

On January 20, 2022 the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners set the qualifying fees for candidates for the county offices to be elected in 2022 as set forth below:

LOCAL OFFICES

TERM

FEE

PARTISAN OFFICES

 

 

County Commissioners (District 1)

4 years

$1,102.43

County Commissioners (District 3)

4 years

$1,102.43

County Board of Education (District 1)

4 years

$252.00

County Board of Education (District 5)

4 years

$252.00

Solicitor General

4 years

$4117.56

 

 

 

NONPARTISAN OFFICES

 

 

State Court Judge

4 years

$5081.27

Candidate Qualifying Checklist

Candidate Forms, Applications and Materials

Residency Requirements and Qualifications for Forsyth County Positions

Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor Election

Campaign Finance Reporting

All local candidates and elected officials are required to file reports pertaining to their personal and campaign finances directly with the Forsyth County Voter Registrations & Elections Office. All state office holders must file directly with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (formerly known as the State Ethics Commission). All filings are public record. Campaign finance filings submitted by elected officials/candidates to the Forsyth County Voter Registrations & Elections Office may be viewed at forsythcountyga.easyvotecampaignfinance.com/home

There are several different required filings which are subject to filing schedules, deadlines, grace periods and fines per the Commission. Filings begin prior to the acceptance of campaign monies and continue until certain conditions are met and final reports are filed.

Refer to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission for filing and training schedules and to get answers to any questions a candidate or elected official may have about the required filings.

Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (formerly known as the State Ethics Commission) contact information:

Physical and mailing address:
200 Piedmont Avenue, SE
Suite 1416 - West Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334
Email: gaethics@ethics.ga.gov and Website: www.gaethics.gov
Phone: (404) 463-1980 and Fax: (404) 463-1988

Campaign Finance Portal

Forsyth County has implemented an online filing system that allows all constitutional officers and candidates to electronically file all documents required by law by the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (formerly known as the State Ethics Commission). If you choose to use this service, you may do so by accessing the Campaign Finance Portal or by going to forsythcountyga.easyvotecampaignfinance.com/home.

Order Voter Registration Lists and Files

Voter registration lists and files are available to the public. The files contain the following information: voter name, residence address, mailing address if different, race, gender, registration date and last voting date. Pricing is set by the Secretary of State.  Such data may not be used by any person for commercial purposes. (O.C.G.A. 21-2-225c)


All such lists are ordered through the order form provided by the Secretary of State. For information on how to order voter registration lists and files, visit the Georgia Secretary of State's website. 

Click here to view the pricing sheet and order form.

The Georgia Secretary of State's website also provides links to the following information: