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Sept. 25 is National Voter Registration Day

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Sept. 25 is National Voter Registration Day

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Lavista Hills supporters sport I’m a Georgia Voter stickers. File Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Tuesday, Sept. 25, is National Voter Registration Day.

The initiative is backed by the National Association of Secretaries of State and the National Association of State Election Directors.

“Every year millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register,” the National Voter Registration Day Website says. “National Voter Registration Day wants to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote. On Tuesday September 25, 2018 volunteers and organizations from all over the country will ‘hit the streets’ in a single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts. National Voter Registration Day seeks to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise.”

Here’s a list of Voter Registration events in our area:

  • Voter Registration at Emory September 25, 2018 • 12:00 PM Emory University 201 Dowman DrAtlanta, GA 30322 Get Details & RSVP
  • Voter Registration Event – Our Vote is Our Voice September 25, 2018 • 10:30 AM Refuge Coffee Shop 4170 Ponce de Leon Ave Clarkston, GA 30021 Get Details & RSVP
  • BLUEPRINT TO DEMOCRACY September 25, 2018 • 4:00 PM NAM DAE MUN FARMERS MARKET 5158 Memorial Drive Stone Mountain, GA 30083 Get Details & RSVP
  • Voter Registration at SweetWater! September 28, 2018 • 3:00 PM SweetWater Brewery 195 Ottley Dr NE Atlanta, GA 30324 Get Details & RSVP
  • National Voter Registration Day – ProGeorgia September 25, 2018 • 10:00 AM Woodruff/Troy Davis Park 91 Peachtree St NW Atlanta, GA 30303 Get Details & RSVP
  • NCBW, Inc. – Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter National Voter Registration Day Drive – Public Policy Committee September 25, 2018 • 12:00 PM Booker T. Washington HS 45 Whitehouse Dr. SWAtlanta, GA 30314 Get Details & RSVP
  • National Voter Registration Day with New Georgia Project September 25, 2018 • 10:00 AMMetropolitan Library 1332 Metropolitan Pkwy SW Atlanta, GA 30310 Get Details & RSVP
  • NVRD 2018 with New GA Project – Chamblee MARTA VR Drive September 25, 2018 • 10:00 AMChamblee MARTA Station 5200 New Peachtree Rd. Chamblee, GA 30341 Get Details & RSVP
  • Heroes Vote! #VoteToLive September 25, 2018 • 12:00 PM Heroes at Home Barber Shop 1825 Rockbridge Rd SW, #16 Stone Mountain, GA 30087 Get Details & RSVP

MARTA is also hosting a Voter Registration Day event:

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) will host organizations conducting voter registration activities as part of National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Five Points Station from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The non-partisan event is designed to ease the voter registration process. Activities will not endorse any campaign or candidate.

The registration event will feature music, games, and refreshments. Volunteers from local organizations will have paperwork for those interested in registering to vote. Please bring your state identification card or state-issued driver’s license or be prepared to give the last four digits of your social security number.

An additional voter registration event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Doraville Station from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The general election will take place Nov. 6, and the deadline to register is is Oct. 9.

According to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, in order to register to vote you must:

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– Be a citizen of the United States

– Be a legal resident of the county where you are voting

– Be at least 17 1/2 years of age to register and 18 years of age to vote

– Not be serving a sentence for conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude

– Have not been found mentally incompetent by a judge

To register to vote via the Secretary of State’s Office or make changes to your registration information, click here.

DeKalb county’s early voting will begin Oct. 15 at locations throughout the county.

The county’s early voting locations and dates are as follows:

Voter Registration & Elections Office, 4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300 Decatur, Ga. 30032: 

  • Monday – Friday, Oct. 15 – Nov. 2, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 28, noon – 4 p.m.

South DeKalb – The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall, 2801 Candler Road, Decatur, Ga. 30034: 

  • Monday – Friday, Oct. 15 – Nov. 2, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 28, noon – 4 p.m

North DeKalb – Dunwoody Library, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, Ga. 30338

  • Monday – Friday, Oct. 15 – Nov. 2, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 28, noon – 4 p.m

Tucker – Reid H. Cofer Library 5234 LaVista Road, Tucker, Ga. 30084

  • Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 28, noon – 4 p.m
  • Monday – Friday, Oct. 29 – Nov. 2, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Stonecrest – Stonecrest Library 3123 Klondike Road Lithonia, GA 30038

  • Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 28, noon – 4 p.m
  • Monday – Friday, Oct. 29 – Nov. 2, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The following locations will each be open the week of Oct. 29 only. Each will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily until Nov. 2:

  • Atlanta – Coan Recreation Center 1530 Woodbine Ave., SE, Atlanta, Ga. 30317  UPDATE: The county announced that due to a scheduling conflict, this location has been changed to Bessie Branham Recreation Center2051 Delano Drive, NE Atlanta, GA 30317
  • Brookhaven – Briarwood Recreation Center 2235 Briarwood Way, NE, Brookhaven, Ga. 30319
  • Chamblee – North DeKalb Senior Center 3393 Malone Drive, Chamblee, Ga. 30341
  • Decatur – First Christian Church of Decatur 601 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, Ga. 30030
  • East DeKalb – Berean Christian Church Community Center 2440 Young Road, Stone Mountain, Ga. 30088

Additionally, absentee ballots (applications can be found here) can be sent in until Nov. 2.

People who wish to vote will need to bring one of the following forms of identification, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office:

– Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free 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

If you’re already registered, it’s worth checking to make sure you are still on the voter rolls. So how can you check to see if you’re still registered?

You can look up your status by visiting the Georgia Secretary of State’s “My Voter Page.” To visit the My Voter Page, click here. You can check your status by providing basic information like your last name, birthday and the county you live in. You can also see a sample ballot.

Have additional questions? Check in with the county board of registrar’s office.

The county board of registrar’s office is located at:

4380 MEMORIAL DRIVE SUITE 300
DECATUR, GA 30032-1239

Please vote in the Nov.  6 elections.

Correction: An early voting location listed for the week of Oct. 29 has been changed. This story has been updated with the correct location. 

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