(Originally published March 9, 2018)
By Jonathan Grant
In today’s meeting, the DeKalb County Board of Elections discussed but did not vote on a staff Early Voting plan for the May 22 primary. The big news: Tucker Rec Center is out as an EV site, and two Saturdays and one Sunday of early voting are proposed. Tucker also comes up short for advanced early voting, since early voting at Tucker Library will be available during the last week of early voting, May 14-18. In addition, there would be no Saturday voting for Tucker. It also looks like the Stonecrest/Lithonia area is getting shortchanged on advanced early voting, with the nearest polls 10-15 miles away. .
The Board will approve an early voting plan at its April 12 meeting; it typically approves staff proposals without making many changes … unless they can be persuaded otherwise. A petition drive is under way to expand early voting opportunities in the Northlake-Tucker area.
The plan Director Erica Hamilton presented calls for EV to start April 30 in just three locations: Dunwoody Library, the Board’s Memorial Drive office, and South DeKalb Mall. Hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at Dunwoody and Memorial; South DeKalb polls will keep mall hours. Early voting will continue through Friday, May 18.
The staff proposal calls for these three polls to be open on Saturday, May 12 and “possibly May 5,” Ms. Hamilton said. Saturday hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday voting would take place at these locations May 6, noon-5 p.m.
During the last week of EV, May 14-18, several more locations would open up with 7 a.m.-7 p.m. hours:
Berean Recreation Center, Lithonia
Brookhaven Recreation Center, Brookhaven
North DeKalb Senior Center, Chamblee
Coan Park Recreation Center, Atlanta in DeKalb
First Christian Church, Decatur
Stonecrest Library, Lithonia
Tucker Library, Tucker
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