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Tucker Observer, Decaturish candidate forums kick off Sept. 9 with Clarkston City Council forum

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Tucker Observer, Decaturish candidate forums kick off Sept. 9 with Clarkston City Council forum

A sign encouraging people to vote displayed in Avondale Estates. Photo by Dean Hesse.

This story has been updated. 

Clarkston, GA — The first of 14 Tucker Observer and Decaturish candidate forums for the Nov. 2 elections will begin on Sept. 9.

The Sept. 9 forum will feature candidates running for Clarkston City Council. There are no council districts in Clarkston. All representatives are elected at-large, in citywide elections. All seven candidates are invited to attend. If you are running and didn’t receive your invitation yet, email [email protected]

We will not reschedule the forums for candidates who choose not to attend.

The Sept. 9 forum will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m. It will be conducted and live-streamed via the Decaturish Twitch channel, which you can see by clicking here. During the forum, members of the public will be able to ask questions by creating a Twitch account and following the Decaturish Twitch channel.  (To create an account, click the purple “sign up” button in the upper right-hand corner of the Twitch website.)

Episodes will be archived on our Decaturish YouTube channel and Decaturish contributors will be writing articles summarizing each forum.

The forum format will be as follows:

Candidates will receive their Zoom link 30 minutes prior to the start of the forum. 

Moderator and time keeper: Dan Whisenhunt

Opening statements: Two minutes for each candidate.

Q&A: Each candidate will have two minutes to answer each question. We will rotate the candidates who get to answer first as best we can. There will be opportunities for candidates to respond to each other if necessary.

Closing statements: One minute for each candidate.

We look forward to introducing you to the candidates running for Clarkston City Council.

Here is the full schedule of our upcoming forums:

Thursday, Sept. 9 

Clarkston City Council: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Editor’s note: the Sept. 11 forums have been rescheduled.

Saturday, Sept. 11
Avondale Estates City Commission: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. 
Atlanta City Council, District 5: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Monday, Sept. 13 

Decatur School Board, District 2: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 14 
Decatur City Commission, District 1: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.   (This forum has been rescheduled. For more details, click here.)

Wednesday, Sept. 15

Tucker Mayor: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 17 

Tucker, District 1, Post 1: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Tucker, District 1, Post 2: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 18

Tucker, District 2, Post 1: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Tucker, District 3, Post 1: 11 a.m. to noon

Monday, Sept. 20 

Avondale Estates City Commission, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 21

Atlanta City Council, District 5: 10:30 a.m. to noon

Wednesday, Sept. 22

Stone Mountain, mayor: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m

Thursday, Sept. 23 
Stone Mountain City Council, Post 4: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 24 

Stone Mountain City Council, Post 5: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 25

Stone Mountain City Council, Post 6: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

More information about the Nov. 2 municipal elections

All Tucker Observer elections coverage can be found at Tuckerobservervotes.com 

The election will be Nov. 2. Early voting will begin on Oct. 12. The voter registration deadline for the upcoming city elections is Oct. 4. To register to vote, click here.

To see a list of important dates in the 2021 election year, click here.

Voters in DeKalb County are eligible to apply for an absentee ballot as of Aug. 16. The county will hold municipal elections on Nov. 2, as well as a county-wide E-SPLOST vote for DeKalb County schools.

To apply for an absentee ballot:

— Visit the Georgia Secretary of State website: www.sos.ga.gov.

—  Complete the absentee ballot application using the state’s official paper form or request an absentee ballot in writing. Use blue or black ink only.

Applications can be mailed to the county elections office and voter’s should use this address: DeKalb County Election office, 4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur, GA 30032-1239.

Applications can also be submitted through fax, 404-298-4038 or email, [email protected].

Voters may send an absentee ballot request for multiple people who live in the same household in the same envelope or email.

If an absentee ballot is not mailed to you, contact your county’s elections office. You may still vote in person, either early or on Election Day.

An absentee ballot application must be received 11 days prior to the election, which is Oct. 22.

In accordance with SB202, a new voting bill signed by Governor Brian Kemp in March, a voter ID is required to apply for an absentee ballot. A Georgia driver’s license, Georgia voter card, U.S. military ID, employee ID issued by any branch of the federal or state government, U.S. Passport, tribal ID, or a document verifying a voter’s name and address – including a paycheck, utility bill, or bank statement – are accepted forms of ID.

Voters can obtain a free ID at the DeKalb County Elections office at 4380 Memorial Drive in Decatur or at the following locations:

– On Aug. 25 from 3-6 p.m. at Doraville Marta Station, 6000 New Peachtree Road, Doraville 30340.

— On Aug. 30 from 3-6 p.m. at Indian Creek Marta Station, 3901 Durham Park Road, Stone Mountain 30083.

— On Sept. 15 from 3-6 p.m. at Chamblee Marta Station, 5200 New Peachtree Road, Chamblee 303041.

— On Sept. 14 from 3-6 p.m. at Kensington Marta Station, 3505 Kensington Road, Decatur 30032.

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