Qualifying dates set for council

Kingsland and Woodbine have set qualifying for two council seats each to be elected on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Kingsland and Woodbine will both hold qualifying from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, through Friday, Aug. 25, at the respective city halls.

In Kingsland, posts 1 and 2, currently held by Rick Winters and James Ham, will be on the ballot. Both were elected to fill unexpired terms after Alex Blount in Post 1 resigned to run for mayor and Daniel Minckler in Post 2 resigned because he was moving.

The Kingsland qualifying fee is $180.75 and each council member will hold office from Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2020. All candidates will run at-large and will be elected by a majority, meaning the candidate with 50 percent plus one vote takes the seat. Candidates will serve a three-year term because Kingsland is moving to even election years to coincide with state and federal elections.

In Woodbine, the council seats held by Louise Mitchell and Hank Higginbotham will be up for election. The qualifying fee is $90. All candidates will run at-large and will be elected by plurality, which elects the candidate who receives the most votes, whether it’s a majority or not.

Voter registration for the Nov. 7 election closes Oct. 10. Residents can request an absentee ballot for the election now.

An absentee ballot request form may be obtained by calling the Camden County Board of Registrars at (912) 576-3245 or sending an email to bmwhite@co.camden.ga.us. Applications are also available at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov or the mobile app GA SOS. Absentee ballot requests must be submitted by Nov. 3.

Residents can check their voter status and precinct information at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.

*An earlier version of this story reported that Woodbine's qualifying period started Aug. 28. The city has changed its dates to Aug. 21 through Aug. 25.

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