|Election Coverage 2012|
Advance Voting for the November General Election begins October 15 and continues through Friday, Nov. 2.
In DeKalb County, voters can cast their ballots at these locations:
In addition, the polls at the Clark Harrison Building, 330 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Room A, Decatur; the Chamblee Civic Center, 3540 Broad St., Chamblee and Berean Christian Church Community Center, 2201 Young Road, Stone Mountain will be open during the final week of voting, Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to provide greater access to early voting. There will be no voting on Saturday, Nov. 3 or Monday, Nov.5. Voters must go to their assigned precinct on Election Day, Nov. 6, in order to vote. For additional information, including sample ballots, visit the DeKalb County Voter Registration & Elections website at www.dekalbvotes.com.
Voters who wish to vote absentee by mail may submit their requests now. Application forms are available online at www.dekalbvotes.com and must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 to be processed. Ballots must be returned to the Voter Registration & Elections Office no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 6, to be counted.
In Rockdale, advance voting will be held Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Board of Elections Voter Registration Office, 1400 Parker Road, Lobby C, Conyers, 30094
Absentee Ballot Applications are available at the Voter Registration Office, or can be downloaded/printed at http://www.rockdalecounty.org/main.cfm?id=2363.
In Fulton County, voters can cast their ballots Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at one of six locations. Voting will be offered t all six locations on Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here are the sites:
Adamsville Recreational Center, 3201 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., SW, Atlanta
Buckhead Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., Atlanta
North Fulton Service Center, 7741 Roswell Road, Suite 232, Sandy Springs
Ocee Library, 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek
Fulton Absentee Ballots
DeKalb NAACP: Vote ‘No’ to charter school amendment
The DeKalb NAACP is urging voters to reject the Charter School amendment that will be on the ballot statewide on Nov. 6.
The amendment is confusing and misleading, said John Evans, who heads the DeKalb civil rights organization.
“A no vote means local control of public charter schools—not state control of public Charter schools. Please remember this vote has nothing to do with abolishing Charter schools. It gives us local control as long as we have charter Schools,” Evans said.
The proposed amendment has stirred hot debates locally and across the state as supporters and opponents try to persuade voters. The amendment would allow the state to decide if a public charter school may be created if the plan is rejected by the local school district. Proponents such as State Rep. Rahn Mayo wants voters to pass –vote yes—on the measure, saying traditional public schools are failing and parents need more choices for kids to get an education among other things.
The question on the Nov. 6 ballot will read: Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities? Yes or No?
State Rep. Pam Dickerson and Doreen Williams will hold a roundtable discussion on the Charter School amendment on Oct. 15, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Nancy Guinn Library, 864 Green St., S.W. Voters are invited to attend to learn more about the issue. Advocates and opponents will present their viewpoints.
DeKalb, Rockdale Democrats push to get out the vote
The donkeys are kicking across the state as Democrats open up campaign offices and hit the streets with full force to get the word out to vote.
“We tell people to vote, but don’t just stop at the top, we need voters to vote Democrat, going down the whole ticket,” said Sandra Austin, who chairs the DeKalb Democrats. “The local elections such as state representatives are critical races, too. Without a strong Democratic presence, our President will not be able to get anything done.”
The DeKalb Democrats hosted a grand opening on Oct. 6 for its new offices at 3203 Glenwood Road, Decatur.
The organization plans to canvass surrounding neighborhoods on weekends and conduct phone bank operations. The group is hosting a community barbeque on Nov.3, the last Saturday before the Nov.6 election.
For more information on events, visit www.dekalbdems.com or call 678-886-5805.
In Rockdale, Democrats are working the phones and finalizing plans to get out the vote. The Rockdale Democratic Party, headed by Tisa Smart Washington, opened its campaign office on Sept. 1 at 1264 Parker Road, Suite K, in Conyers.
The Rockdale Democrats will have a booth at the 32nd Annual Olde Town Fall Festival, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., in downtown Conyers, 901 Railroad St., N.W., Conyers. 770-895-0938.
DeKalb youths invited to meet elected officials
State Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D-Lithonia), in partnership with the East Suburban Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta-Stone Mountain-Lithonia Chapter, will host a Youth Town Hall meeting on Oct. 23, 6 p.m., at the Lou Walker Senior Center.
The center is located at 2538 Panola Road, Lithonia.
Haigler said the event will give young people in DeKalb County an opportunity to meet their elected officials, voice their concerns, and engage in the political process.
DeKalb County residents between grades 5 and 12 are encouraged to attend.
Several lawmakers and elected officials have been invited including: Rep. Pam Stephenson (D-Decatur); Rep. Howard Mosby (D-Atlanta);
Sen. Ronald Ramsey (D-Decatur); DeKalb County Commissioners Lee May, Larry Johnson and Stan Watson; Lithonia Mayor Deborah Jackson; and DeKalb School Board members Jay Cunningham and board chair Eugene Walker.
AKAs to host viewing, panel forum for Oct. 16 Presidential Debate
LITHONIA—The second Presidential Debate between President Barack Obama and Republican Nominee Mitt Romney will take place on Oct. 16.
Urban League of Greater Atlanta sets Get Out the Vote activities
The Urban League needs volunteers to phone bank 27,000 voters by Election Day. With 10 volunteers each day, serving from 4 pm to 8 pm, the agency says it can make all of the calls by Oct. 29.