Early Voting UPDATE: DeKalb drops two advance voting sites, more than a dozen precinct polling stations will be closed June 9

Latest Update  DeKalb scrambles to move 19 polling places in response to Covid-19 pandemic Revised Early Voting Sites and Hours By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Several normal poll locations will be unavailable for the primary, and the situation remains in flux due to the Covid-19 pandemic because the buildings are closed. At Thursday’s DeKalb Board of Elections virtual meeting, Elections Director Erica Hamilton informed board members that 14 precinct poll locations will be unavailable for voting on June 9. More closures are possible. There will be a special called meeting on Friday, May 22 at 3:30 p.m. to discuss further possible changes and preparations. Click here for details on how to observe and make public comments. In addition, advance voting locations have been…

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Vernon Jones isn’t happy with my coverage of him. Here’s some more.

Latest news: Georgia AME Bishop Reginald Jackson, leader in movement to pass hate crimes bill, endorses former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson for Senate: “Tomlinson possesses integrity, empathy, courage, and a heart for the people.” Read story here. If he isn’t eligible to run in District 91, how can he keep his House seat? Did Jones duck the issue when he quit the race? Jonathan Grant @Brambleman So this happened. I just got a comment on most recent post about Rep. Vernon Jones from the man himself. In the comment section of “Man overboard! In midst of residence challenge, Georgia Rep. Vernon Jones jumps to Trump,“ Jones wrote: To the author of this fake news, there are So many errors in your story.…

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Update: DeKalb drops two advance voting sites, more than a dozen precinct polling stations will be closed June 9

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Update May 15: Several normal poll locations will be unavailable for the primary, and the situation remains in flux due to the Covid-19 pandemic. At Thursday’s DeKalb Board of Elections virtual meeting, Elections Director Erica Hamilton informed board members that 14 precinct poll locations will be unavailable for voting on June 9. More closures are possible. There will be a special called meeting on Friday, May 22 at 3:30 p.m. to discuss further possible changes and preparations. Click here for details on how to observe and make public comments. In addition, advance voting locations have been scaled back. First Baptist Church in Decatur and the Briarwood Recreation Center in Brookhaven have been removed as early voting sites. This…

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DeKalb Elections Board: Good news on early voting sites for Presidential Primary

Above: This. Is better. By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman The DeKalb Board of Elections met Thursday in a different venue, down the hall and to the right, that actually looks like a meeting room. Much nicer, as you can see. The Board should hold every meeting there. Don’t make us go back to that dungeon room—step up and show some style! It’s 2020, and people are watching! The reason for the nicer digs: a rare visit by DeKalb commissioners. We even said The Pledge of Allegiance for the first time in forever. About 30 people attended the hour and a half meeting, which attracted an AJC reporter. He was there to cover the presentation of a plan by County Commission Presiding Officer Jeff…

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DeKalb Elections Board: Consultants are coming! Also, good news on Presidential Primary early voting

Above: This. Is better. By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman The DeKalb Board of Elections met Thursday in a different venue, down the hall and to the right, that actually looks like a meeting room. Much nicer, as you can see. The Board should hold every meeting there. Don’t make us go back to that dungeon room—step up and show some style! It’s 2020, and people are watching! The reason for the nicer digs: a rare visit by DeKalb commissioners. We even said The Pledge of Allegiance for the first time in forever. About 30 people attended the hour and a half meeting, which attracted an AJC reporter. He was there to cover the presentation of a plan by County Commission Presiding Officer Jeff…

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DeKalb Board of Elections: What if they held a meeting and everybody came?

Cindy Thomas (center, in orange) prepares to fight challenge to her candidacy Update: Voting rights groups are challenging the Board of Election’s policy on cancelling registrations of voters with temporary addresses. Read more.  The actions taken by the board regarding the Decatur voter purges were two 5-0 votes to reconsider the purges, but the board did not reverse them—during discussion, the issue was rendered moot because voters in question had changed their registration. By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Thursday’s DeKalb Board of Elections meeting was epic, and not only because it lasted nearly two hours. In addition to normal business, the session featured a political soap opera, a dramatic exit by an outraged bureaucrat, and a reversal of a botched voter purge at…

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