Avondale Estates Mayor Jonathan Elmore endorses Emily Halevy for County CommissionJonathan Elmore. Image obtained via Facebook
Avondale Estates – Mayor Jonathan Elmore is endorsing Emily Halevy for DeKalb County Commission District 6.
Halevy is running for the seat against Former Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry and public health data analyst Maryam Ahmad. The election will be June 9.
In his endorsement letter, Elmore said, “it only takes a few minutes with Emily to realize she is genuine, intelligent, and a good listener.”
“These are qualities we need not just in DeKalb County leaders, but in all politics,” Elmore continued. “Emily has shown her commitment to DeKalb through her foundation of the Coalition for a Diverse DeKalb, which supports affordable housing and smart development, and her service on the board of Project Community Connections, which helps the homeless find housing. Her efforts to help create and preserve safe neighborhoods landed her the Nikki T. Randall Servant Leader Award from the Georgia Legislative Women’s Caucus. Emily always brings great ideas to the table and always does her homework, but more importantly, she listens and works with others to find solutions that work for everyone. I can say it is not common or easy to do both, but it is what we need in DeKalb County now and for the future.”
To read his full letter, visit the page for letters to the editor in support of Halevy by clicking here.
More information about voting in this election:
The voter registration deadline for the June 9 election is May 11.
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.
If you find you are not registered and want to be registered in time for the next election, there are a few ways you can get back on the voter rolls.
You can register online with the Secretary of State’s Office by clicking here.
According to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, in order to register to vote you must:
– 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
For more information about how to register, click here.
People are being encouraged to vote by mail in the upcoming election. Most people should’ve already received an application for an absentee ballot form in the mail. Absentee ballots can be requested online through the Secretary of State’s Office or the County Board of Registrations and Elections. The county board of registrar’s office is located at 4380 Memorial Drive Suite, 300, Decatur, GA 30032. Once the ballot has been requested, election officials will mail each voter the appropriate ballot.
People voting by mail will be identified using signature verification. If a signature doesn’t match, those voters will be mailed a provisional ballot and asked to return that along with a photocopy of their identification. Three people have to agree that a signature does not match before a provisional ballot is sent to a voter.
Here is the most recent election update from DeKalb County:
Update on General Primary Election and Absentee Ballots
DECATUR, Ga.– On Thursday, April 9, 2020, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger postponed the May 19, 2020, presidential preference primary, special election, general primary and general nonpartisan election to June 9, 2020.
All votes previously cast in the 2020 presidential preference primary/special election originally scheduled for March 24, 2020, will be counted on June 9, 2020.
Voters who have previously cast ballots in the presidential preference primary / special election originally scheduled for March 24, 2020, will receive a ballot that contains the races for the June 9, 2020, general primary and general nonpartisan election only.
Voters who have not yet cast a ballot in the 2020 presidential preference primary/special election will receive a ballot that contains both the presidential preference primary/special election races and the General Primary and general nonpartisan election races.
On Monday, March 30, 2020, the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office mailed absentee ballot applications to all registered active voters in the state.
Applications requesting a ballot for May 19, 2020, will be processed as requesting a ballot for the June 9, 2020, election.
Completed applications must be received by the DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections Office no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2020, and absentee ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on June 9, 2020. Uniformed and Overseas Citizens (UOCAVA) ballots must be postmarked by June 9, 2020, and received no later than Friday, June 12, 2020.
For more information, contact the DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections Office at 404-298-4020.
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