July 5 qualifying set for August city elections

Published 12:48 am Saturday, June 4, 2016

In Andalusia, Babbie, Carolina, Florala, Gantt, Heath, Horn Hill, Libertyville, Lockart, Onycha, Opp, Red Level, River Falls, Sanford, 2016 is the year of municipal elections.

Here’s a primer on elections.



To seek the office of mayor or city council, a candidate must:

• Be 18

• Have been a resident of the city and state for 90 days prior to election.

• Be a U.S. Citizen.

• Be registered to vote.


Candidates must:

• Qualify at the town hall of the municipality.

• Pay qualifying fees.

• Simultaneously file a statement of economic interests form with the State Ethics Commission.

• Report campaign contributions and spending.


2016 election dates

July 5 – candidates can begin qualifying.

July 19 – Last day to qualify to run for municipal office. Form must be filed by 5 p.m., Central Daylight Time, with the municipal clerk.

Aug. 8 – Last day to register to vote in municipal elections.

Aug. 23 – Election day. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Oct. 4 – Runoff election day if needed.

Nov. 7 – Newly elected officials take office.