Qualifying for State and County Elected Offices Begins January 2, 2019

The new year marks another Election year in Mississippi.  Qualifying for state offices (Gov., Lt. Gov., etc), district offices (Legislature, Dist. Attorney), and county officers (Supervisors, Clerks, etc.) begins January 2, 2019.

The following is the schedule for qualifying, basic qualifications, and a link to the Secretary of State’s 2019 Candidates’ Qualifying Guide.  If you are considering running for office at any level, please consult this guide.  Qualifying fees have changed considerably, so please refer to the guide as you consider your options.

QUALIFYING SCHEDULE

Statewide, State District, and Legislative Office Qualifying Period:
  • Begins Wednesday, January 2, 2019
  • Ends 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 1, 2019
County and County District Office Qualifying Period:
  • Wednesday, January 2, 2019
  • Ends 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 1, 2019

ELECTION DATES

Primary Election Day …………………………………………….Tuesday, August 6, 2019 Primary Runoff Election Day ………………………………..Tuesday, August 27, 2019 General Election Day ………………………………………..Tuesday, November 5, 2019 Regular Special Election Day …………………………… Tuesday, November 5, 2019 Special Runoff Election Day ……………………………Tuesday, November 26, 2019

 

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE

All candidates must meet the following requirements to qualify for office:

  • Qualified elector (registered voter) of the State of Mississippi and of the district of the office for which the candidate seeks election.
  • Never have been convicted of bribery, perjury or other infamous crime, being defined as a crime punishable by a minimum of one (1) year confinement in the state penitentiary, unless pardoned for the offense.
  • Never have been convicted of a felony in a court of this state; or, of a felony in a federal court or of a crime in a court of another state which is a felony under the laws of this state on or after December 8, 1992; excluding, however, a conviction of manslaughter or a violation of the United States Internal Revenue Code or any violation of the tax laws of this state, unless the offense also involved the misuse or abuse of an office or money coming into a candidate’s hands by virtue of an office.

Additional qualifications for statewide, state district, legislative, and county offices are listed in the Candidates’ Guide at the link below.

If you have any questions regarding running as a Democrat in Pearl River County, please email Agnes Dalton, PRCDEC Chair at rockman1935@aol.com or call (after 7 p.m. on weekdays) 601-746-6020.

http://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Documents/QualifyingForms/2019%20Candidate%20Qualifying%20Guide.pdf

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