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Mobile County Republican Candidate Qualifying for the 2020 Election

The 2020 election season starts here. For your candidacy to appear on the ballot, you need to qualify. In this post, you will find the documents you need to get started with your candidacy. Please read over all the deadlines and documents before submitting them. Qualifying consists of three major components.

Download the County Party Officials’ Checklist for Candidates to help make sure you complete the necessary paperwork.

County Party's Officials' Checklist for Candidates

Get the basic candidate checklist, provided by the Alabama Secretary of State.

ALGOP Candidate Qualifying Checklist and Information

Alabama Republican Party’s basic candidate checklist and information packet. 

Are you looking for comprehensive information about qualifying?

All 2020 Election information can be found on the Alabama Secretary of State’s site. Go to the Alabama Votes tab, select Election Information and then you will find the 2020 Election Information.

Qualifying for Federal or State Offices

Federal Offices

U.S. House

U.S. Senate

State Offices

State Constitutional Officers

Legislators

Judiciary 

All Federal and State Offices must be filed through the Alabama Republican Party. For more information (such as where to file and qualifying fees), please refer to ALGOP’s 2020 Candidate Qualifying page.

Important Notes

Qualifying for the 2020 Republican Primary Election Cycle will open on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. CST and close on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 5 :00 p.m. CST per Section 17-13-5 of the Code of Alabama of 1975.

  • Be sure to confer with legal counsel to ensure correct compliance with all election laws.
  • Be aware of all pre-election report deadlines and submit financial reports to the Secretary of State as required once fundraising thresholds have been met (see Candidate Filing Guide for details). A copy of the Alabama Fair Campaign Practices Act is available from either the ALGOP Headquarters (3505 Lorna Road, Birmingham, AL 35216) or the Secretary of State’s office (600 Dexter Ave, Montgomery, AL 36104).

Candidate Resources

For a quick reference of resources for candidates, please use the Candidate Resources page on the Alabama Secretary of State’s site. The page has a list of helpful material such as:

  • Minimum Qualifications for public office
  • The Candidate Filing Guide -16th Edition
  • A link to the State Ethics Commission
  • Campaign Finance Reports
  • File Campaign Finance Reports Electronically
  • Candidate Filing Guidelines
  • Campaign Advertisement Guidelines

Ballot Access

Complete and return Declaration of Candidacy form and a qualifying fee to Chairman Bourne no later than 5:00 p.m. CST on Friday, November 8, 2019. Forms/fees must be submitted by this time; papers received via mail, email, electronically, or in-person after this date by state law cannot be accepted.

Declaration of Candidacy Form Here.

Complete and file your Declaration of Candidacy Form to officially start the qualifying process.

Qualifying Fee

2% of the salary of the office you are pursuing (under Alabama Code Sec. 17-13-47). Below are examples of Mobile County positions, their salaries and the amount due for the qualifying fee; state and federal office candidates must qualify with the state party in Montgomery. Qualifying fees are non-refundable. Please verify the amount due with appropriate parties.

County Treasurer
Qualifying Fee: $710.05

License Commissioner
Qualifying Fee: $1702.72

Revenue Commissioner
Qualifying Fee: $1866.00

County Commissioner
Qualifying Fee: $1745.24

County School Board
Qualifying Fee: $240.00

Constable
Qualifying Fee: $50.00

We encourage you to file your Declaration of Candidacy form and your Qualifying Fee together. Mail both the form and check, made out to the Mobile County Republican Executive Committee to the address below.

Mobile County Republican Executive Committee
P.O. Box 16341
Mobile, AL 36616

Statement of Economic Interests

Complete and return the Statement of Economic Interests form to the Alabama Ethics Commission or complete online. ALGOP highly suggests filing before qualifying as a candidate. Deadline: This must be filed no more than five days after qualifying with Chairman Bourne. If you do not fill this out on time you can be disqualified.

Statement of Economic Interests

You can file the Statement of Economic Interests form online.

If you have any questions about filing your Statement of Economic Interests, contact the Alabama Ethics Commission.

Alabama Ethics Commission
P.O. Box 302300
Montgomery, AL 36130-2300
334-242-2997

Fair Campaign Practices Act

Complete and return the appointment of Principal Campaign Committee form to the Secretary of State’s office within five calendar days of qualifying with ALGOP or Chairman Bourne. If you do not fill this out on time you can be disqualified.

If you are looking for further guidance with FCPA Filings, please watch the instructional videos

Principal Campaign Committee

File your Principal Campaign Committee or Political Action Committee online.

Campaign Finances

Be sure to keep up with your campaign finances, and file your reports at the appropriate time. You can file online at the Alabama Electronic Fair Campaign Practices Act Reporting System.

These forms may be filed daily, weekly, monthly, or annually depending on filing calendar and when you hit specific thresholds. Please check the Candidate 2020 Filing Calendar to be sure you do not miss any dates.

If you do not fill these out on time you can be disqualified.

If you need more information on when or how to file campaign finances, please see the Alabama State Secretary’s site. You can also contact the ALSOS office with the contact information below.

Office of the Secretary of State
ATTN: Elections Division
P.O. Box 5616
Montgomery, AL 36103-5616
334-242-7210/1-800-274-VOTE

Dissolution

Upon dissolution of the campaign committee, the chairman or treasurer of the committee should provide the Secretary of State’s office with a Statement of Dissolution Form, a record of unreported contributions and expenditures, and a statement of how excess campaign funds will be distributed.

Statement of Dissolution

File your Statement of Dissolution online.