Elections and Running for Office

General Municipal Election Information

The City of Avondale Estates is governed by a board consisting of a mayor and four commissioners. The members are elected by the residents of Avondale Estates and serve four-year terms. The city holds nonpartisan municipal general elections biennially in odd years on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November. In 2023, the position of mayor and two commission seats will be on the ballot.


Important 2023 Election Dates

  • Aug. 21: First day to request an absentee ballot.
  • Oct. 10: Deadline for voter registration and change of address.
  • Oct. 16: The first day that absentee ballots will be issued.
  • Oct. 16 - Nov. 3: Early voting at 4380 Memorial Drive between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday - Friday and on Saturday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 28
  • Oct. 27: Deadline to submit an absentee ballot application.
  • Nov. 7: Election Day. In-person voting will occur at City Hall between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Qualifying to Run for City Office

On behalf of the citizens of Avondale Estates, thanks for considering public office. Per Section 2.11 of the city's charter and State Law O.C.G.A. §45-2-1, candidates must meet the qualifications outlined below.

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Steps to Qualify as a Candidate

  1. Review and complete all the required forms under the Candidate Qualifying Forms section.
  2. Print all required forms and submit them to the City Clerk at City Hall Aug. 21-24, 2023 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - noon and 1-4:30 p.m. *Please note: only the City Clerk can qualify candidates.
  3. Forms requiring a notary can be notarized at City Hall (Forms must be signed in front of a notary, not before).
  4. Submit the qualifying fee ($144 for commissioner candidates or $216 for mayor). The city can accept checks made out to the City of Avondale Estates or payment by credit card (a 3% fee will be charged on credit card transactions). 

The City Clerk will review applications upon submittal. Candidates will be notified they have qualified pending completion of the background check. 

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Campaign Recordkeeping 

Detailed records must be kept of all contributions received and expenditures made. Records must be maintained by the candidate or treasurer of a campaign committee and may be inspected by the Commission at any time. Financial records of the accounts kept by a candidate or candidate’s committee are required to be preserved for three years from the termination date of the candidate’s campaign. However, since public disclosures are maintained for not less than five years, candidates are advised to keep records for at least five years. Anonymous donations are not allowed.

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