2020 General Election Updates
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Update for qualifying candidates:
Effective July 1, 2016, SB 2167 amended 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 who are qualifying for a party primary election — including 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 — will now pay a $100 qualifying fee to the circuit clerk of the candidate’s county of residence. You are 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 $100 qualifying fee to the circuit clerk of the candidate’s county of residence. You are required to forward the fee and qualifying papers to the secretary of the county election commission within two (2) business days. Before this amendment, independent and special election candidates were not required to pay a qualifying fee.
This fee is in addition to the existing requirement that these candidates submit qualifying petitions with the requisite number of signatures for the office they seek.