Pickett County Election Information
 
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Qualifications for Office

To have a candidate's name on a ballot, that candidate must meet the legal qualifications for the office he/she is seeking. To view the qualifications for federal, state, and county offices, click here. The qualifications for City Mayor, Alderman and Recorder are:

    - a qualified Town voter and a bona fide resident within the corporate limits of the
    town of Byrdstown;
    - a bona fide resident of Pickett County, Tennessee, for a period of at least one (1)
    year prior to election;
    - a further qualification for the office of Mayor shall be the holding of a high school
    diploma or equivalent (G.E.D.) and being twenty-one (21) years of age at the
    beginning of the term.

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Petitions

All nominating petitions are due at 12:00 NOON on the qualifying deadline date. The first day to pick up a nominating petition for the May 2018 County Primary is November 17, 2017. Each petition must have at least 25 verified signatures. Some important things to remember are:

1. Only registered voters who are eligible to vote for that candidate can be counted.
2. Signatures with a post office box number as an address cannot be counted.
3. Signatures that do not match the signature on our files cannot be counted (e.g. a     person cannot sign their spouse's name).
4. The address must match the address we have on file (exception: the person has     moved, but within the same precinct).

For these reasons it is recommended that a candidate get at least 40 signatures on their petition. Nominating petitions for the May County Primary must be turned in no later than 12:00 NOON on February 15, 2018. State law requires the election office to refuse any petitions brought in after the noon deadline.

The dates above also apply to Independent candidates seeking election to county offices.

If a political party nominates candidates by a method other than a primary, a petition is not required. However, that party must submit the names of its candidates by the same deadline above.

The first day to pick up petitions for the town of Byrdstown offices and the office of School Board Member is January 5, 2018. The deadline to turn in these petitions is 12:00 NOON on April 5, 2018. These races are nonpartisan.

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Statement of Disclosure of Interest

All candidates and elected officials are required to file a Statement of Disclosure of Interest with the Tennessee Ethics Commission. The deadlines to file are:

City & School Board candidates: May 7, 2018
Local elected officials: January 31st of each year
All other local candidates: March 19, 2018

This form may be completed online by clicking here, or you may print a form and mail it in.

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Campaign Financial Disclosure Statements

Candidates are required to file these statements UNLESS:

1. the service for office is part-time and the compensation is less than $1,000 per month
   AND
2. the candidate does not plan on spending more than $1,000 on his/her campaign.

This statement is to be turned in or mailed to the election office.

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Candidates for Sheriff or Road Supervisor

Candidates for Sheriff are required to file their affidavit of qualification with the P.O.S.T. Commission. Candidates for Road Supervisor are required to file their affidavit of qualification with the Tennessee Highway Officials Certification Board. The last day to file these documents for either office is February 1, 2018.

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Helpful Links

Maps of Pickett County districts and voting precincts (Some maps are large and will require enlarging to see detail)
Map of Tennessee districts
Where to file petitions, write-in candidacy, etc.
Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance
Basic information regarding elections.
Laws regarding campaign advertising on utility poles, removal of campaign signs