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.
LAW CHANGE, EFFECTIVE 1/1/2019: The first day that petitions for offices may be issued has been changed from 90
days to 60 days before the qualifying deadline (TN Public Chapter #637, 110th General Assembly).
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 March 2020 County Primary is October
15, 2019. 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 March County Primary must be turned in no later than
12:00 NOON on December 12, 2019. 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 office of School
Board Member is February 3, 2020. The deadline to turn in these petitions is
12:00 NOON on April 2, 2020. These races are nonpartisan.
Statement of Disclosure of Interests
All candidates and elected officials are required to file a Statement of Disclosure
of Interests with the Tennessee Ethics Commission. The deadlines to file are:
|School Board candidates:
||May 4, 2020
|Local elected officials:
||January 31st of each year
|All other local candidates:
||January 13, 2020
This form may be completed online by
clicking here, or you may
print a form and mail it
to the Tennessee Ethics Commission.
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
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. A list of the due dates for each statement will be included in the
Candidates for Sheriff or Road Superintendent
Candidates for Sheriff are required to file their affidavit of qualification
with the P.O.S.T. Commission.
Candidates for Road Superintendent are required to
file their affidavit of qualification with the
Tennessee Highway Officials Certification Board.
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
Laws regarding campaign advertising on utility poles, removal of campaign signs