Elected Officials

UPDATE FOR QUALIFYING CANDIDATES:

SB 2167 amends Sections 23-15-297 and 23-15-299, Miss. Code Ann., to increase the qualifying fee for all candidates who are qualifying for a party primary, special or general election.

County candidates, such as sheriff, chancery clerk, circuit clerk, tax assessor, tax collector, county attorney, county superintendent of education, county supervisor, county surveyor, county coroner, justice court judge and constable, who are qualifying for a party primary election will now pay a qualifying fee in the amount of $100.00 to the circuit clerk of the candidate’s county of residence.  You are then required to forward the fee and qualifying papers to the secretary of the respective party executive committee within two (2) business days.

County candidates who are qualifying as independent candidates for a special election or a general election also will pay a qualifying fee in the amount of $100.00 to the circuit clerk of the candidate’s county of residence.  You are then required to forward the fee and qualifying papers to the secretary of the county election commission within two (2) business days.   This is different in that independent and special election candidates have never before been required to pay a qualifying fee.  This fee is paid, in addition to the existing requirement that these candidates submit qualifying petitions with the requisite number of signatures for the office they seek.

The effective date of this bill was July 1, 2016.  So, all county candidates who are filing qualifying petitions in your office for any county special elections set for November are required to pay a qualifying fee to you, which is to be turned over to your election commission within two (2) days upon your receipt.