Municipal elections set for Aug. 23

Published 2:10 pm Thursday, March 24, 2016

Municipal elections in Chilton County will be held on Aug. 23.

Residents of Clanton, Jemison, Maplesville and Thorsby will decide on a mayor in each municipality and council members, who will serve for the next four years.

Aug. 18 is the last day for a voter in Chilton County to apply for a regular absentee ballot.

Individuals will need to file paperwork for absentee ballots through the town or city they will be voting.

Anyone interested in running for mayor or council may start qualifying for office, July 5.

Each current mayor will give notice of the election and let candidates know they can begin qualifying.

Those interested in running will have until July 19 at 5 p.m. to qualify. All qualifying forms must be turned in to the city or town where the individual wants to run in order to qualify.

May 25 is the last day for a person to become a resident of the municipality and district where they would plan to run.

For instance, if an individual lived in Clanton and wanted to run for a council position in Jemison, he or she would need to move by May 25 to Jemison, which would be 90 days before the election.

June 30 is the last day that the council may adopt an ordinance establishing the qualifying fees for the candidates.

Currently, Clanton is the only municipality that has established a qualifying fee of $50.

Thorsby, Jemison and Maplesville plan to establish their qualifying fees in the next couple of weeks.

On Election Day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

If a run-off is necessary, it will be Oct. 4.

The newly elected mayors and council members will take office on Nov. 7.