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Qualifying begins Wednesday
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Qualifying to run for state and local elections begins Wednesday at 9 a.m. and ends Friday at noon.

Seats up for election this year include three county commission posts, chairman at-large, district 1 and district 4. Qualifying for three board of education seats, districts 2,3 and 5, also will be held Wednesday-Friday.

The general partisan primaries will be held July 31, and any runoffs will be conducted Aug. 21. School board seats are nonpartisan and those elections also will be held July 31.

Other countywide offices up for election this year are: sheriff, clerk of courts, probate judge, magistrate judge, tax commissioner and coroner.

District attorney also is up for election, and that position also covers Bulloch, Jenkins and Screven counties.

Also on the ballot this summer will be the Transportation Investment Act’s 1 percent special local option sales tax, also known as the T-SPLOST. Preclearance submission to have the T-SPLOST on the Effingham ballot for July 31 has been submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice.