Should Georgians support Representative Raffensperger in his effort to control the qualifications as to who may serve in elected office in Georgia?
RESULTS AS OF January 18, 2016
8% of Counties Reported
100% Voted YES | 0% MAYBE | 0% NO
Rep. Brad Raffensperger of the 50th, (Johns Creek) submitted a prefile bill in late December 2015 (designated HB 719) that would require certain residency requirements be met in order to hold elected office in Constitutionally-authorized offices in Georgia. Specifically, the bill amends Article 1, Chapter 2, Title 45 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) to include the requirements:
“In addition to all other qualifications to serve on any municipal, county, or state commission, board, or authority, a person shall be a legal resident of this state and be registered to vote in this state in order to be eligible to serve on any municipal, county, or state commission, board, or authority in this state.”
Survey Respondent Comments
Yes, for state offices. The county and local governments should make their own eligibility requirements.
If current GA law would allow non-citizens or illegal aliens to run for elective office, this bill is necessary.
You should be a legal resident to hold office and to vote.
I support the passage of this bill. Anyone appointed to a position to make decisions for how we conduct our lives in Georgia should be a Georgian!
GA has a lot of temporary residents who are here briefly while their company transfers them here. They do not have any permanent “skin in the game” and really have no reason to care what happens to Georgians based on the ramifications of their influence while temporarily in our state.
Seems common sense to me.
No non-citizen should be appointed either.
Why hasn’t this been the requirements all along? In all cases, no person should be in authority over another, if that person is not under the same laws and jurisdiction as those subject to the law. Somebody famous probably said that once.
I support and believe that this could even be more restrictive. How about speaking the English language? How about legal residence?
Legal resident, yes. Forcing someone to register to vote to run for office, no. Someone who’s never registered to vote has the same right to run for office as someone who is registered to vote.
I believe they need to be a resident of the area only were he or she lives
The Bill should be expanded to also prevent ineligible candidates from appearing on ballots for Federal offices and the Secretary of State should be mandated to enforce the law accordingly.
I have selected maybe as I suggest that this bill be amended to include that to qualify the candidate must live in and be a registered voter in the municipal, county and state in which they will serve. The way the bill reads, this would allow city and county elected officials to govern and area in which they may or may not live. Good for the goose, good for the gander.
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