Qualifying fees set for election

COVINGTON -- The Board of Commissioners set qualifying fees for the 2012 Election at its Tuesday night meeting.

Qualifying for the July 2 General Primary takes place May 23-May 25.

Qualifying fees are 3 percent of the salary for the elected office, as prescribed by state law, and are as follows:

Chairman, Board of Commissioners: $2,528.87

Sheriff: $2,347.43

Tax Commissioner: $2,034.01

Clerk of Court: $2,034.01

Probate Judge: $2,034.01

Coroner: $704.06

Board of Commissioners Districts 1, 3, 5: $469.48

Board of Education Districts 2, 4: $216

All positions carry four-year terms and elections are partisan. The General Election takes place Nov. 6.

In other news, Monday, Feb. 6, is the last day to register to vote for Georgia citizens who want to participate in the Presidential Preference Primary, which takes place Tuesday, March 6.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp said in a press release, "My decision to hold Georgia's presidential preference primary on March 6, 2012, protects the interests of Georgia voters. By holding our presidential primary election on March 6, 2012, we can ensure that the voices of Georgia voters are heard and are relevant in the presidential candidate nomination process."

The Georgia General Assembly passed House Bill 454 this year, which allows the Secretary of State to set the presidential preference primary date.

Georgia law previously required the state to hold the presidential preference primary on the first Tuesday in February of a presidential election year, according to the Secretary of State's Office. House Bill 454 requires the Secretary of State to set the presidential preference primary date by Dec. 1 in the year prior to the presidential election year, and the date must be no later than the second Tuesday in June of the election year.