City of Savannah Election Qualifications and Information

​2019 CITY OF SAVANNAH MUNICIPAL ELECTION


The City of Savannah will hold Municipal Elections on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.  The City of Savannah contracts with the Chatham County Board of Elections to conduct the elections. 

Election Calendar:

In a race of three or more, the candidate must receive 50% plus one vote to be declared the winner.  If there is no winner, a runoff is held between the two candidates receiving the most votes.  The runoff is scheduled 28 days after the General Election.
  • General Election Tuesday, November 5, 2019 (polls open 7:00 a.m. and close 7:00 p.m.)
  • General Election Runoff Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Residency Requirements:


  • Mayor and Aldermen At-Large Posts 1 and 2: One (1) year in City of Savannah
  • Aldermen Districts 1 through 6: One (1) year in City of Savannah and Six (6) months in District [O.C.G.A 45-2-1]

Offices (nonpartisan races):


  • Mayor (elected City-wide)
  • Aldermen At-Large Posts 1 and 2 (elected City-wide)
  • Six (6) Aldermen seats (elected by District)

Terms of Office:


  • The terms of office are four years for all nine positions on City Council beginning January 1, 2020 and ending December 31, 2023
Qualifying Period:
  • When: August 19 through August 23, 2019 (Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
  • Where: Office of the Clerk of Council, First Floor, Savannah City Hall, 2 East Bay Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401

Qualifying Fees (3% of current salary):


  • Mayor: qualifying fee $1,710 (Salary: $57,000)
  • Aldermen (At Large Posts 1 and 2; and Districts 1 through 6): qualifying fee $750 (Salary: $25,000)

Pauper Affidavit Requirements (O.C.G.A 21-2-132):


  • Candidate affirms his or her poverty or inability to pay qualifying fee
  • Requires a petition filed along with pauper’s affidavit
  • Number of signatures required on the petition: 1% of registered voters eligible to vote in the last election for the filling of the office, such number provided to candidate by county election superintendent
  • Petition cannot be circulated by a notary or signed by a notary that is notarizing the form
  • County election superintendent provides the petition or it can be located on the Georgia Secretary of State's website at: http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/Elections/information_for_candidates 
  • Pauper Affidavit must be submitted at time of qualifying

Qualifications for Office of Mayor:


  • Shall be at least 18 years of age
  • Shall meet the requirements of a qualified voter of the city, as prescribed by state law
  • Shall not be ineligible for public office pursuant to Code Section 45-2-1 of the O.C.G.A. 
  • Shall meet the residency requirement of 12 months residency within the municipality prior to qualifying
  • Shall continue to reside within the city limits for which elected during term of office
  • Persons convicted of a crime involving violation of election laws or felonies involving moral turpitude are not eligible.  If such person's civil rights have been restored, ten (10) years must lapse before running for public office.

Qualifications for Office of Alderman (At Large Posts 1 and 2; and Districts 1 through 6):


  • Shall be at least 18 years of age
  • Shall meet the requirements of a qualified voter of the city, as prescribed by state law
  • Shall not be ineligible for public office pursuant to code Section 45-2-1 of the O.C.G.A.
  • Shall meet the residency requirement of 12 months residency within the municipality and 6 months residency within the specified district (Alderman Districts 1 through 6) prior to qualifying
  • Shall continue to reside within the city limits and city district for which elected during term of office
  • Persons convicted of a crime involving violation of election laws or felonies involving moral turpitude are not eligible.  If such person's civil rights have been restored, ten (10) years must lapse before running for public office.

Campaign Contributions:

A Declaration of Intention to Accept Campaign Contributions (DOI) form must be filed with the Clerk of Council prior to soliciting/accepting campaign contributions.  Candidates with a Campaign Committee should also file a Registration Form for a Campaign Committee other than the Candidate.  Both forms can be obtained online through the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission website (www.ethics.ga.gov) or in the Office of the Clerk of Council.

Campaign Contribution Disclosure Reports:

The Ethics in Government Act requires public disclosure of campaign financing and significant private interest of public officers and candidates for public office. Elected officials and any candidate seeking elected office in Georgia, or the chairperson or treasurer of their campaign committee, must file campaign contribution disclosure reports. Anyone who has filed a Declaration of Intention to Accept Campaign Contributions must file these reports, even if there has been no activity. These forms must be filed in compliance with the following schedule:

  • January 31, 2019
  • March 31, 2019
  • June 30, 2019
  • September 30, 2019
  • October 25, 2019
  • December 31, 2019

The Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report are available online at http://ethics.ga.gov/formsreportspublications/ and should be filed in the Clerk of Council's Office.

All forms identified above should be hand-delivered to the Clerk of Council's Office.

For more information please contact the Office of the Clerk of Council:


Clerk of Council/Municipal Elections Supervisor
Savannah City Hall, First Floor
2 East Bay Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401
(912) 651-6441