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Qualifying marks official start of election season

ATLANTA -- Election season is set to officially get under way in Georgia.

Candidates for hundreds of state offices on Monday will begin the political ritual of qualifying to get their names on the ballot.

This year will feature a full roster of high-profile contests, including governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House, attorney general and all 236 legislative seats.

Qualifying lasts until noon on Friday.

In order to qualify, candidates must show that they live in the state or the relevant district and pay a fee. Party officials must submit qualifying information on candidates to the Secretary of State's office.

Georgia's primary is July 20. The general election is Nov. 2.