In testy meeting, DeKalb Board of Elections sets advance voting sites, hours

In Decatur, Agnes Scott College’s Rebekah Scott Hall will be an early voting site By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman This is a short take on a long, contentious meeting. You can watch the replay here, and may God be with you. Scroll down to view or download early voting schedule.  The DeKalb Board of Registrations and Elections today approved thirteen sites and extended hours for advanced voting in the Nov. 3 General Election. The Board is looking into adding another site in the Stone Mountain area. Voters will have more time to vote in advance than in previous elections. All sites are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, every day from Oct. 12 through Oct. 30. In addition, all polls…

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DeKalb Voters: Let Board of Elections know we need good advance voting options

Both Tucker and Stonecrest libraries should be open for three weeks for early voting. Typically, they’re only open for two weeks. Participate! DeKalb Board of Elections virtual meeting Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 at 4:30 pm. You can watch the meeting by clicking this link. You can also email public comments beginning at 4:30 p.m. Monday at this link.  By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Although the DeKalb Board of Elections hasn’t yet posted an agenda for Monday’s meeting, there’s about a 100 percent chance it will be considering and voting on advance or early voting sites for the general election. That stands to reason since the next scheduled meeting is set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, and early voting will start just a…

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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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Georgia runoff early voter: Old white man

Some notes on early voting in Georgia’s runoff Here’s a handy website: GeorgiaVotes.com that you can check throughout the week. Early voting ends Friday, and the runoff is a week from now, on Dec. 4. I live in DeKalb and try to keep up with the DeKalb Board of Elections. The Board posts early vote totals here, and you can follow the BOE on Twitter @DeKalbVotes. DeKalb County Monday early voters (runoff): 3,341 1st Day General early voters: 5,227 As a rule, DeKalb provides statewide Democratic candidates with their largest margins of any county. In the General, Stacey Abrams beat Brian Kemp by 212K votes in her home county. Fulton, larger but less intensely Blue overall, gave Abrams a 194K margin. These two counties…

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DeKalb Board of Elections sets up early voting, goes into sketchy executive session

Jonathan Grant @Brambleman UPDATE: The Board of Elections (presumably the staff) has relocated the Atlanta in DeKalb early voting site to the Bessie Branham Recreation Center, 2051 Delano Drive NE Atlanta, GA 30317. The Board  originally approved Coan Park Recreation Center. No reason given for the change. Big numbers During discussion, Executive Director Erica Hamilton said that the DeKalb Board of Elections has about 40,000 voter registration applications pending and is receiving absentee ballot requests at the rate of “about 500 a day.” Board Chairman Samuel Tillman called that “a good thing” because it would help alleviate lines at the polls on election day. Not sure how staff (there are only 15 or 16 full-timers) feels about that. Hamilton also said the Board…

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