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Local offices up for election this year
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    2008 will be a busy year for elections an Bulloch County. In addition to it being the presidential election year, several local offices are up for election, as well.
    These include U.S. and state senators and representatives, judges (Supreme, Court of Appeals, superior, state, probate, and magistrate), district attorney, clerk of court, sheriff, tax commissioner, solicitor-general, coroner, county surveyor, some county commissioners and members of the Board of Education.
    Bulloch County Commission seats up for election include  commission chairman, currently held by Garrett Nevil;  seat 1A, currently held by George Jackson; seat 2A, currently held by Jan Tankersley; and seat 2C, currently held by Roy Thompson.
    The nonpartisan Board of Education seats up for election are District 1, David A. Ball; District 3, Edwin G. Hill; District 7, Mike Herndon; and District 8, Maurice Hill.
    Democratic and Republican qualifying for all local offices except for judges and Board of Education will be held April 28  beginning at 9 a.m. and running through noon on May 2.
    Qualifying for nonpartisan and independent candidates will begin June 23 at 9 a.m. through noon, June 27. A nomination petition for an independent candidate must be filed no later than noon, July 8. Anyone wishing to run as an independent candidate should call the probate court for additional information.
    The last day to register to vote is June 16  for the July 15  General  Primary and its run-off election on August 5. A voter will have to choose which Primary to vote in - Democratic or Republican. Voters will be required to vote the same party in July and in August.
    The nonpartisan election to elect local Board of Education and any judges up for election on the state and county level will be held in conjunction with the Nov. 4  General Election. The last day to register to vote is Oct. 6  for this election and its run-off election on Dec. 2.
    Voters in the November General Election will be able to designate the parties on their ballots.
    Anyone interested in running for office, excluding incumbents of that office, will need to file an “Declaration of Intention to Accept Campaign Contributions” with the appropriate office before accepting any contributions. These may be picked up at the Bulloch County Probate Court.
    Anyone wishing to qualify as a write-in candidate must file and publish their notice of intent no later than Sept. 2 and the affidavit filed by Sept. 8. Those wishing to run as a write-in candidate should contact the probate court for additional information.
    The offices of the Election Superintendent (Probate Court) and  Voter Registration are located on the first floor in the Bulloch County Courthouse. The Bulloch County Probate Court can be reached at (912) 489-8749 or at probate The Voter Registrar’s office can be reached at 764-6502.
    The Election Division of the Secretary of State has a web site ( in which you can check your voter registration, obtain an application to vote in the upcoming election, or an application to register to vote.

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