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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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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We need to talk about the DeKalb Board of Elections

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman The DeKalb Board of Elections has more than its share of problems and several voting rights activists and grassroots volunteers spoke out about those issues and suppport for an ongoing audit at today’s DeKalb Board of Commissioners meeting. Liz Throop, Betsy Schwalbach, and others outlined many of the problems DeKalb voters faced last November: long lines, inadequate facilities for early voting, and problems with absentee ballots highlighted their list of concerns. This included 4,700 missing absentee ballots in DeKalb that remain a matter of dispute and investigation (supposedly) by the Secretary of State’s office. As a result of this and other issues, thousands of DeKalb Citizens were unable to vote in the general election. Worth noting: DeKalb had…

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