DeKalb early voting numbers ‘a little’ higher than normal

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DeKalb early voting numbers ‘a little’ higher than normal

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Gary Peeler and Roberta Goldbaugh prepare to vote early in the Georgia 6th District runoff as poll workers Nancy Love and Esther Wilder check their papers at the North DeKalb Senior Community Center in Chamblee in May.

DeKalb County residents have plenty to decide in the upcoming Nov. 7 election.

As of Friday afternoon, the latest numbers available, 766 people had cast ballots in early voting. Early voting opened last Monday at select locations.

Erica Hamilton, who’s at the helm of the DeKalb elections office following the retirement of the director last month, described the numbers as more or less normal.

“It’s a little bit above average,” she said. “Probably that last week it’ll pick up.”

The reason for the slight uptick, she said, is that DeKalb is taking ballots for the DeKalb County portion of the city of Atlanta (about 10 percent of the city). Normally, Fulton County has been over the city’s entire elections, Hamilton said. 

This time, DeKalb agreed to take the DeKalb residents’ in Atlanta’s ballots because all of DeKalb is voting in the Nov. 7 election, thanks to ballot questions.

There are contested races for either mayor or city council posts in Lithonia, Decatur, Stone Mountain, Chamblee, Doraville, Stonecrest, Tucker, Dunwoody, Clarkston, Brookhaven and Atlanta. In other words, there are races in every city in the county except Pine Lake. Here’s a list of the candidates who qualified in the cities.

Early voting continues through Nov. 2.

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