Georgia requires independent candidates to obtain signatures from five percent of registered voters in any particular district to qualify for their name to appear on the ballot. This can translate to thousands of voters and significant legwork for an interested candidate to qualify.
If one has ever considered running for the Georgia General Assembly, but doesn’t consider themselves a member of either major party, here’s a look at how many signatures would be required for ballot access in 2020. It’s important to acknowledge this is separate from nor does it exclude someone from registering as a write-in candidate.
This year, voters will also consider candidates for a variety of local positions including district attorney, sheriff, tax commissioner, school board members, and county commissioners. Here’s a look at ballot access requirements at a local level.
|Countywide Office (Sheriff, Tax
Commissioner, County Chair, etc)
|County Commission District I
|County Commission District II
|School Board District I
|School Board District II
|School Board District III
All numbers correspond to the 2020 election. The five percent requirement is calculated based on the number of registered voters at the time of the immediate past election for the office sought.