Some voters got a little turned around on Election Day and went to the DeKalb County Voter Registration Office on Memorial Drive, instead of their community precinct to cast their ballots in the runoff elections. The Memorial Drive location was only open for the early voting period from June 30 to July 18.
Voters like Adrian Cook said going to the main Voter Registration Office on Memorial Drive was a force of habit.
“I never voted at my precinct because I always go to the Memorial Drive office to to do early voting to avoid lines,” said Cook, who waited this time to vote on July 22, Election Day. “I’m glad they had staff waiting at the door to look up your precinct and direct you to the right place to vote.”
Lemuel Leech, a Lithonia resident, learned he needed to go to his precinct at Browns Mill Elementary School.
“The confusion was just a pit stop. You have to vote. It’s too important not to,” said Leech. “The only way you can assure that the right people are put into office is to go to the polls.”
Maxine Daniels, director of Voter Registration and Elections for DeKalb County, said her staff was happy to direct voters to their respected precincts.
“We are here to serve the public. That’s what we do. We are excited to see voters coming to the polls and hope their confusion wasn’t a discouragement,” said Daniels. “We were glad we could assign voters to their precincts in accordance with state and federal laws.”
Of DeKalb’s 390,256 registered voters, 54,591 (13.99 percent) voted in the runoff Elections.