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NOTICE TO VOTERS OF THE

CITY OF DOUGLASVILLE

Pursuant to Official Code of Georgia Annotated section 21-2-291, notice is hereby given that no election shall be held for the following seats for the general municipal election for the City of Douglasville, due to lack of opposition:  Mayor; City Council Member Ward 2, Post 2; and City Council Member Ward 5. The candidates for these seats have been deemed duly elected and will be certified after the election.

The election shall be held for the seat of City Council Member Ward 4.

  •  Ward 4: Coach Chris Watts - Incumbent 

Registered voters in this district will be the only voters voting in this election, and shall vote on November 5, 2019, at the following precincts from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.:

  1. 736N – Chapel Hill Middle School – 5357 Chapel Hill Road, Douglasville, GA 30135
  2. 737 – Chestnut Log Middle School – 2544 Pope Road, Douglasville, GA 30135
  3. 739 – Lutheran Church of the Good Shephard – 3099 Chapel Hill Road, Douglasville, GA 30135
  4. 740 – First Baptist Church-Douglasville – 5900 Prestley Mill Road, Douglasville, GA 30134

Early voting will take place at the Douglas County Courthouse at 8700 Hospital Drive, Douglasville, Georgia, 30134, starting Monday, October 14, 2019, at 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The last day to vote early will be Friday, November 1, 2019.

Qualifying as a candidate for this election ended on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 4:30 pm.

The final candidates who qualified for the City of Douglasville’s General Election - November 5, 2019 are:

Office Seeking Candidate's Name Day/Date Qualified
Mayor Rochelle Robinson (Incumbent) Monday, August 19th
Ward 2, Post 2 Mark E. Adams (Incumbent) Monday, August 19th
Ward 4 Chris "Coach" Watts (Incumbent) Monday, August 19th
Ward 4 Joseph B. Brooks Monday, August 19th
Ward 4 Samuel L. Byrd, III Thursday, August 22nd
Ward 5 Howard M. Estes Monday, August 19th

Each person desiring to qualify must submit a candidacy affidavit for the position sought and pay the appropriate qualifying fee for the position, which are $1,188.00 for the office of Mayor and $387.00 for the office of Councilmember.

Please be aware of the following:

Residents of the City of Douglasville wishing to vote in the November 5, 2019 election but who are not registered electors of the City may register to vote through October 7, 2019.

Early voting by absentee ballots will be held Monday through Friday at the Voter Registrar’s Office, first floor, Douglas County Courthouse, 8700 Hospital Drive, beginning not later than Monday, October 14, 2019 and continuing through Friday, November 1, 2019, between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm each day, and by mail. Advance voting will begin Monday, October 14, 2019 and continue through Friday, November 1, 2019 at the same place and times.

Municipal elections for Mayor and City Council are held and conducted in accordance with Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the Georgia Election Code.

The City of Douglasville Municipal Elections are nonpartisan and are held without primaries.

There are precinct changes implemented by the Douglas County Board of Elections and Registration. These changes consolidated precincts so city residents no longer have to vote at multiple locations. If you have questions about your precinct voting location, please visit www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.

Ordinance

Section 2.10. - City council creation; number; election; districts.

  1. The legislative authority of the government of this city, except as otherwise specifically provided in this charter, shall be vested in a city council to be composed of a mayor and seven councilmembers. The mayor shall be elected at large by the electors of the city. Councilmembers shall be elected from five districts by the electors of their respective districts. One councilmember shall be elected from each of Districts 1, 4, and 5; and two councilmembers shall be elected from each of Districts 2 and 3. The city council established in this charter shall in all respects be a successor to and continuation of the city governing authority under prior law. The mayor and councilmembers shall be elected in the manner provided by general law and this charter.

Section 5.11. - Regular elections; time for holding.

  1. There shall be a municipal general election biennially in odd-numbered years on the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November.
  2. There shall be elected the mayor and councilmembers from Wards 4 and 5 and Ward 2, Post 2, at the election held in 2015 and at every other election thereafter. The remaining councilmembers' seats shall be filled at the election held in 2013 and at every other election thereafter so that a continuing body is created. (H.B. 1264, § 2, eff. 7-1-12)

Section 5.13. - Election of councilmembers by plurality vote; election of mayor by majority vote.
The person receiving a plurality of the votes cast for the office of councilmember shall be elected. The person receiving the majority of the votes cast for the office of mayor shall be elected.

Section 5.14. - Special elections; vacancies.
In the event that the office of the mayor or a councilmember shall become vacant as provided in Section 2.12 of this charter, the mayor and city council or those remaining shall order a special election to fill the balance of the unexpired term of such official; provided, however, if such vacancy occurs within 12 months of the expiration of the term of that office, the mayor and city council or those members remaining shall appoint a successor for the remainder of the term. In all other respects, the special election shall be held and conducted in accordance with Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the "Georgia Election Code," as now or hereafter amended.