DeKalb residents will be able to vote early on Sundays

DeKalb County residents vote early at the future Stonecrest City Hall in Stonecrest, Georgia, on Saturday, October 24, 2020. (Rebecca Wright for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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DeKalb County residents vote early at the future Stonecrest City Hall in Stonecrest, Georgia, on Saturday, October 24, 2020. (Rebecca Wright for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

DeKalb County has opted to add two more early voting days before the Nov. 2 elections.

The county’s board of elections unanimously voted to add two Sundays to the early voting schedule, doubling the number of weekend days residents can cast their ballots. The new dates are Oct. 17 and 24 from noon until 5 p.m.

There are dozens of municipal races taking place this election cycle in the county in addition to a countywide question about renewing an education tax. DeKalb residents can choose between eight early voting locations.

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Advance voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays between Oct. 12 and Oct. 29. In addition to the two Sundays, voters can also cast ballots on two Saturdays, Oct. 16 and 23, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The election board discussed adding the extra days during a Monday special-called meeting, where board member Karli Swift added the item to the agenda as the meeting began. Most of the discussion surrounded which Sundays they could choose, given changes to early voting enacted by Georgia’s controversial new voting law that passed in early 2021.

The law kept Sunday early voting optional. The law also limits drop boxes and requires different forms of ID for absentee voting. County election offices were given the authority to decide whether to open voting locations on up to two Sundays each early voting period.

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Here are the advance voting locations in DeKalb:

Bessie Branham Recreation Center, 2051 Delano Drive NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30317

Lynwood Recreation Center, 3360 Osborne Road NE, Brookhaven, Ga. 30319

Berean Christian Church – Family Life Center, 2197 Young Road, Stone Mountain, Ga. 30088

Voter Registration & Elections Office, 4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300, Decatur, Ga. 30032

Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library, 5234 LaVista Road, Tucker, Ga. 30084

Stonecrest Library, 3123 Klondike Road, Stonecrest, Ga. 30038

County Line-Ellenwood Library, 4331 River Road, Ellenwood, Ga. 30294

Dunwoody Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, Ga. 30338

For more information on voting in DeKalb, visit dekalbcountyga.gov/voter-registration-elections/general-election-information.

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