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Early voting – DeKalb cuts Saturday from calendar

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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.