Members of DeKalb County’s Lithonia Senior Center were among those who made it to the polls during the early voting period to cast their ballots in the run-off elections.
Maxine Daniels, director of the Voter Registration and Elections in DeKalb, said she and her staff welcomed the seniors on July 15.
“We actually reach out to our senior centers to invite them to come in to vote, so we are pleased with their response. I always try to interact with the seniors when they come and find that they are extremely happy with the extra attention that we provide,” said Daniels. “Our emphasis has been to make voting as accessible as possible for seniors and disabled voters.”
Early Voting and Absentee Mail Voting ended on July 18. At On Common Ground News’ deadline, 6,913 had voted in DeKalb. The county has about 455,000 registered voters, according to Daniels.
Elvera L. Winston, 68, says she went on the bus with Lithonia seniors to avoid long lines on July 22, Election Day.
“I like early voting because with no crowds, we can get in and get out,” Winston said. “Voting is a critical part of what keeps America going. If you don’t vote and someone gets into office that you don’t care for, it’s your fault.”
If you would like to see the candidates before you vote, sample ballots are available on the Voter Registration website at www.dekalbvotes.com under the “Current Election Information” tab. 404-298-4020.