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City qualifying gets under way
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For questions involving the Dawsonville election or registering to vote, call the Dawson County Board of Elections and Registration at (706) 344-3640.

Qualifying for Dawsonville's Nov. 8 election continues through Friday.

The ballot will feature two city council seats and the mayor's post, as well as a referendum on Sunday alcohol sales.

Qualifying began Monday. As of Tuesday morning, incumbents Mayor Joe Lane Cox and Councilman Mike Wilson had qualified, as had council challengers Jason Power and Chris Gaines.

Former Councilman Frank Craft, who has said he would run for one of the two council seats, has yet to sign up.

Incumbent Councilman Mike Sosebee had also not qualified, though he has said he plans to seek re-election.

Glenda Ferguson, who chairs the Dawson County Board of Elections and Registration, said the timing varies by candidate.

"In the past, depending on the time frame, you generally have those who like to get in right away and then those that like to wait and see who else is going to qualify," Ferguson said.

The qualifying fee for a council seat is $213, while it's $741 to run for mayor.

In addition to the government posts, the city's nearly 1,300 registered voters will also weigh a referendum that would allow stores to sell alcohol on Sundays.

If approved, the measure would allow package sales of alcohol from 12:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Sundays.

This is the first year municipal elections will be overseen and held at the Dawson County Board of Elections office on Academy Avenue.

The city council voted to shift the site last month as a cost-saving measure.

The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election is Oct. 11. A runoff election, if necessary, would be held Dec. 6.

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