Elections

City Elections

City (municipal) elections are conducted and held in accordance with Georgia State Law and Article V of the Monroe City Charter and are generally held in odd numbered years.
 
The next regularly scheduled election for the City of Monroe will be held on November 7, 2017. City of Monroe Mayor and Council Districts 3, 6, and 8 will be on the ballot.

The Walton County Board of Elections conducts elections for the City of Monroe. They are located at 303 South Hammond Drive, Suite 111. Only residents of the incorporated City of Monroe are eligible to vote for Mayor and Council. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact Walton County Board of Elections at 770-267-1337 or elections@co.walton.ga.us

Qualifying Package for the 2017 elections may be obtained at the Walton County Board of Elections, 303 South Hammond Drive, Suite 111, Monroe, Georgia 30655.

For local election results follow this link http://www.waltoncountyga.gov/departments/elections-and-registration/.

Voter Registration

All residents of the City of Monroe who are registered voters have the ability to elect the mayor and city council members, or to vote on special referendums that affect city taxpayers. Please note that simply having a Monroe mailing address does not necessarily entitle you to vote in Monroe municipal elections: Only residents within city limits are eligible. If you are unsure of your status, contact Walton County Board of Elections at 770-267-1337 for verification.

Voter Registration:  http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/how_to_register.htm

For voter registration questions contact:
Walton County Board of Elections
303 South Hammond Drive, Suite 111
Monroe, GA 30655
Telephone: (770) 267-1337
Fax: (770) 267-1408

Voter Information

The next municipal election for the City of Monroe will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at Walton County Board of Elections, 303 South Hammond Drive, Suite 111, to elect three (3) members of the City Council: District 3 (currently vacant), District 6 (held by Wayne Adcock), and District 8 (held by Jimmy Richardson). The Mayor (held by Greg Thompson) will also be up for election. 

There will be several ways to vote in this election: Absentee Voting by Mail, Absentee / Early Voting in Person, and Election Day in person.

Click the link below to access more information on registration, polling places, and more.

http://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do

Where to Vote

Only residents of the incorporated City of Monroe are eligible to vote for Mayor and Council.

To locate your polling place for county, state or federal elections, you may use the Secretary of State "Poll Locator" feature. You will need name, date of birth and county of residence to access this information.  http://mvp.sos.state.ga.us/

There are three (3) polling places in the City of Monroe:

First Baptist Church – Hall
202 McDaniel Street
Monroe, GA 30655

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
206 North Broad Street
Monroe, GA 30655

First Christian Church
206 South Hammond Drive
Monroe, GA 30655

Candidate Information

The Mayor and Council serve four-year staggered terms. The purpose of this provision is to ensure that at no time is the Council composed of a full panel of freshmen members. There are presently no term limits for these positions. In order to qualify for the position of Mayor or councilmember, you must meet the following requirements:

1. Must be a one (1) year City of Monroe resident at least one year preceding the election in which he offers as a candidate.
2. Must be a registered voter of the City of Monroe.
3. Must be at least 21 years of age.
4. Must state which seat/person for which you are qualifying.
5. Must pay a qualifying fee of $180 for a council seat or, if running for the Mayoral seat, $216.

All candidates running for office should make themselves familiar with the Georgia Ethics in Government Act.  http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/georgia%20code%20of%20ethics.htm

Council meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, and work sessions on the 1st Tuesday. Special called work sessions are also called on an as-needed basis. Elected officials take office at the first organizational meeting in the month of January following the election. Once elected, the Mayor and all members of Council must continue to reside in the City of Monroe during their periods of service and remain registered voters. Additionally, they may not hold any other city office or city employment during any portion of the term for which they are elected.

Compensation for elected officials is as follows: Mayor receives $600 per month and City Council members receive $500 per month. Attendance is expected at the meetings as well as during annual Strategic Planning Sessions, some required conferences and seminars, and budget review sessions. Elected officials are also expected to participate in county or community involvement programs, leadership programs, and encouraged to attend various city functions and events.

Interested candidates should familiarize themselves with City operations, including but not limited to, review of the Monroe City Charter, City Codes/Ordinances, the Constitution of the State of Georgia, and guidelines set forth by the Georgia Government Transparency Campaign Finance Commission.
http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=13064 
http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/constitution.htm 
http://ethics.ga.gov/

Qualifying for the 2017 Municipal Election will begin on Monday, August 21, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. and conclude on Friday, August 25, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. in the office of the Walton County Board of Elections, 303 South Hammond Drive, Suite 111. The Qualifying package may be obtained at Walton County Board of Elections, 303 South Hammond Drive Suite 111, Monroe, Georgia 30655.

Please note that candidates for public office are required to file forms with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (GGTCFC) (formerly known as the State Ethics Commission). Click below for candidate forms and reporting responsibilities.  http://ethics.ga.gov/filer-information/candidates-candidate-committees/

All candidates should be aware that the City of Monroe has a Sign Ordinance, specifically designated as Article XII of the City of Monroe Zoning Ordinance, and campaign signs also fall under these regulations.  Visit http://www.municode.com and follow the links to Monroe, Georgia to access the entire code of ordinances online or call City of Monroe Code Department at 770-207-4674.

Other restrictions regarding campaign activities can be found in the Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A.) Title 21, also published as the Georgia Election Code and Rules of the State Election Board.

Resource Documents & Important Links

The elected officials of the City make decisions based on many various City and State regulations, ordinances, and policies. It is very important to be familiar with all local and state laws regarding holding public office. Below are listed some important resources for those considering running for office as well as elected officials already serving.

Code of Ordinances: City of Monroe, GA City Charter and local laws http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=13064

The Constitution of the State of Georgia "To perpetuate the principles of free government, insure justice to all, preserve peace, promote the interest and happiness of the citizen and of the family, and transmit to posterity the enjoyment of liberty." http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/constitution.htm

State of Georgia: Election Code Guidance for conducting elections, required actions for candidates http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/gacode/default.asp

Rules and Regulations of the State Election Board Searchable by categories http://rules.sos.state.ga.us/cgi-bin/search.cgi?d=1&query=183

Georgia Government Transparency Campaign Finance Commission (Formerly Ethics Commission) Reporting requirements. http://ethics.ga.gov/

GGTCFC Training Workshops Educational Outreach Program for Candidates http://media.ethics.ga.gov/training/trainingSCHD.aspx

GGTCFC Application for PIN - Electronic filing (required of all candidates whether elected or not). http://media.ethics.ga.gov/Commission/2011Forms/4/CCDRFDPIN-Candidate2011.pdf

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