On or before February 1 of each year in which a general primary, nonpartisan primary, or general election is to be held, the governing authority of each county is to fix and publish a qualifying fee for each county office to be filled in the upcoming primary or election. Information on filing a pauper's affidavit in lieu of paying the qualifying fee can be found under the "Filing as a Pauper" tab.
Where you go to qualify depends on the candidate method you have chosen. Candidates for state level offices will qualify at the Secretary of State's office in Atlanta while candidates for county level offices will qualify locally. Political party candidates for county offices will qualify with their local political party. Independent, political body, and write-in candidates for local offices will qualify with the Qualifying Officer at the Board of Elections and Registration. Candidates for local nonpartisan offices will also qualify with the Qualifying Officer at the Board of Elections and Registration. Information regarding the qualifications and disqualifications for the various elective offices in Georgia can be found here.
An independent candidate is a candidate that is unaffilitated with any political party or body and includes candidates in a special election for a partisan office for which there has not been a prior special primary. Qualifying information specific to independent candidates can be found under the "Independent Candidate" tab.
A political party candidate is a candidate that is affiliated with a political party. A political party is defined in the Georgia Elections Code as:
"Any political organization which at the preceeding:
A) Gubernatorial election nominated a candidate for Governor and whose candidate for Governor at such election polled at least 20% of the total vote cast in the state for Governor; or
B) Presidential election nominated a candidate for President of the United States and whose candidate for presidential elector at such election polled at least 20% of the total vote cast in the nation for that office." O.C.G.A. 21-2-2(25).
Qualifying information specific to political party candidates can be found under the "Political Party Candidate" tab.
A political body candidate is a candidate that is affliliated with a political body. A political body is any political organization other than a political party. Qualifying information specific to political body candidates can be found under the "Political Body Candidate" tab.
A write-in candidate is a candidate whose name does not appear on the ballot and so must written on the ballot by the voters. Only certified write-in candidates are allowed to take office in the event that they receive a majority vote. Qualifing Information specific to nonpartisan offices can be found under the "Write-In Candidate" tab.
Qualifying for the 2018 Election Cycle
Qualifying fees for the 2018 Election Cycle have not been set at this time.