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Tucker Observer’s Stone Mountain candidate forums start Sept. 22 with mayoral race

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Tucker Observer’s Stone Mountain candidate forums start Sept. 22 with mayoral race

Candidates left to right: Andrea Redmond, Beverly Jones and Eileen Smith.

Stone Mountain, GA — This week, the Tucker Observer will be hosting virtual forums for candidates running in Stone Mountain, starting with the mayoral candidates.

The mayoral forum is Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast via the Decaturish.com Twitch channel.

The candidates running for mayor who will appear on the ballot are:

– Andrea Redmond

– Beverly Jones

– Eileen Smith

The forums willl be recorded and uploaded to the Decaturish.com YouTube channel for later viewing.

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.)

Here is the format for Wednesday’s forum:

Candidates will get their Zoom link 30 minutes before the start of the show. Candidates are advised to be in the meeting room by 5:45 p.m. to test their microphone and camera. If a candidate does not show up, the forum will go on without them. 

Opening statements: 3 minutes

Q&A: Candidates will have 3 minutes to answer each question, with response time allowed as needed.

Closing statements: 3 minutes

Here is the schedule for the remaining forums in Stone Mountain:

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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