State candidates to fundraise earlier due to federal election changes
Federal election dates have been rescheduled to begin earlier than normal to allow time to collect overseas ballots but no longer coincide with Georgia's dates and the Dougherty County Ethics Board met to speak about the issue on Monday afternoon.
The board says instead of having two elections, the state may change their dates to match but that would cause a fundraising issue. Since a candidate can't fundraise while the legislature is in session, moving the qualifying date to March would give them a very limited time.
"If they're meeting in the mid-part of January, then they spread out the 40 days then your fundraising opportunity has stopped very close to the qualifying," said Albany City Attorney Nathan Davis.
Davis says in order to have more time, candidates are eligible to begin fundraising now so if the state election dates do change they won't be in a bind.