Early voting – DeKalb cuts Saturday from calendar
DeKalb County residents will only have one Saturday to participate in early voting for the May 20 primary elections.
Early voting starts today, April 28, and ends Friday, May 16. Early voting hours in DeKalb County are Monday through Friday, 7 am to 7 pm and Saturday, May 10, from 8 am to 5 pm.
If you lived in Fulton County, you could vote this Saturday, May 3, and Saturday, May 10. DeKalb County residents will only be able to vote early on Saturday, May 10, from 8 am to 5 pm.
In prior years DeKalb has offered two Saturday early voting opportunities before elections, according to Mary Frances Weeks, an Administrative Assistant for the DeKalb County Board of Registration and Elections. Weeks said state law has never required more than one Saturday opportunity for early voting.
“Because of lackluster turnout on Saturdays and budgetary concerns, we are only scheduling one Saturday for this year’s General Primary and Nonpartisan election,” Weeks said in an email.
According to DeKalb County, these three early voting locations will be open April 28 through May 11:
Voter Registration and Elections Office
(There will be two areas, including one dedicated exclusively to seniors and people with disabilities.)
4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300
Decatur, GA 30032
South DeKalb Community Achievement Center
4522 Flat Shoals Parkway
Decatur, GA 30034
Tucker Recreation Center
4898 LaVista Road
Tucker, GA 30084
DeKalb County will open three additional early voting locations on May 12:
Downtown Decatur – Clark Harrison Building
330 W. Ponce de Leon, Room A
Decatur, GA 30030
North DeKalb – Chamblee Civic Center
3540 Broad Street
Chamblee, GA 30341
East DeKalb – Berean Christian Church Community Center
2440 Young Road
Stone Mountain, GA 30088
There will be no early voting in DeKalb County on Saturday May 3, Saturday May 17, or Monday, May 19.
According to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, when you go to vote you will need to bring one of the following six forms of identification:
– Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a FREE Voter ID Card issued by your county registrar’s office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS)
– A Georgia Driver’s License, even if expired
– Valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of this state
– Valid U.S. passport ID
– Valid U.S. military photo ID
– Valid tribal photo ID
Not sure who you’re voting for? You can see your sample ballot by going to the Secretary of State’s My Voter Page. To visit that page, click here.
There are several high profile races in DeKalb this year, including:
– DeKalb County Sheriff
– DeKalb County Board of Education
– Senate District 42
Decaturish.com is working on a voters’ guide for the May 20 primary and will be providing ongoing coverage through Election Day.