Section 17-5-9

Filing procedure.

(a) All statements and reports, including amendments, required of principal campaign committees under the provisions of this chapter shall be filed with the Secretary of State in the case of candidates for state office or state elected officials, and in the case of candidates for local office or local elected officials, with the judge of probate of the county in which the office is sought for the 2016 election cycle.

(b) Political action committees, which seek to influence an election for local office or to influence a proposition regarding a single county, shall file all reports and statements, including amendments, with the judge of probate of the county affected. All other political action committees, except as provided in subsection (a) above, shall file reports and statements with the Secretary of State.

(c) In the case of candidates for a municipal office where the municipality is located in more than one county, the statements and reports shall be filed in the county where the city hall of the municipality is located. The judge of probate of the county where the report is filed, if the municipality is located in more than one county, shall provide a copy of the report to the judge of probate of the other county or counties where the municipality is located.

(d) For the 2014 and 2016 election cycles, all principal campaign committees and political action committees that file with the judge of probate, other than candidates for municipal office, may choose instead to file electronically with the Secretary of State pursuant to this chapter. Any such principal campaign committee or political action committee that chooses to file electronically with the Secretary of State shall first provide notice to the appropriate judge of probate, in a manner prescribed by the judge of probate, indicating that choice and shall continue to file electronically with the Secretary of State until terminated or dissolved pursuant to this chapter.

(e) Commencing with the 2018 election cycle, all principal campaign committees and political action committees that file with the judge of probate, other than candidates for municipal office, shall file electronically with the Secretary of State pursuant to this chapter.

(Acts 1988, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 88-873, p. 397, §9; §17-22A-9; amended and renumbered by Act 2006-570, p. 1331, §24; Act 2013-311, p. 1060, §1; Act 2015-495, §1.)