The City of Cleveland holds elections in odd numbered years. The election years for the Mayor and Council are staggered and held every two years. The seats for Mayor and Council Ward 1 and Ward 2 have the same election year. Council Wards 3 and 4 would be elected two years later.
The Mayor and City Council serve four-year terms. Although, each Council Member represents a Ward (area), the citizens of Cleveland are able to vote at-large for each member sitting on the Council.
General municipal elections are typically held on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-541.2(4).
A candidate must receive a majority (50% + 1) of the votes in order to be elected to office.
The municipal superintendent shall be a person or committee selected by the governing authority of the municipality. O.C.G.A § 21-2-70.1(b). A municipality may appoint someone, such as the city clerk, to serve as the election superintendent.
O.C.G.A. §§ 21-2-2(35)(D), 21-2-70, 21-2-70.1.
How to register to vote:
Check the Georgia.gov register to vote information page
White County Registrar's Office
Lisa Manning, Chief Registrar
1241 Helen Hwy. Suite 2010-A
Cleveland, GA 30528
Phone 706.865.7812 / Fax 706.219.0078
office hours 8 am - 5 pm M-F