Fulton, DeKalb set early voting dates for Atlanta mayoral runoff

A voters casts his ballots at the Coan Park Recreation Center on election day Nov. 3, 2020. PHIL SKINNER FOR THE ATANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
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A voters casts his ballots at the Coan Park Recreation Center on election day Nov. 3, 2020. PHIL SKINNER FOR THE ATANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

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The elections boards for Fulton and DeKalb counties met Monday to certify the municipal election results and set early voting for he upcoming runoffs.

A lot has changed since polls closed Nov. 2: The Braves are now world champions, former Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed’s return bid is over and Fulton elections head Richard Barron has announced he’s resigning at the end of the year.

Tuesday’s elections changed the make-up in many cities throughout both counties. Tucker’s incumbent mayor retained his seat but will govern alongside four new council members. And in Roswell, the incumbent mayor and two councilmembers were ousted. Each city has a council race that requires a runoff.

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The hottest race will be the Atlanta mayoral contest, now officially between Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore and City Councilman Andre Dickens.

The following Fulton cities will have runoffs for mayor and/or council member: Atlanta, Fairburn, Milton, Roswell and South Fulton.

Richard Barron, the soon-to-leave Fulton elections head, said Monday that 460,000 voters will be able to participate in the runoffs.

Fulton’s early voting will run from Nov. 17 to Nov. 24 — eight days — from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at several locations throughout the county.

Fulton officials said they are awaiting clarification from the state about how many drop boxes they are allowed to disperse throughout the county for the runoffs.

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The roughly 30,000 DeKalb County voters who live within Atlanta city limits will also be able to vote early in-person every day Nov. 17-24.

Voting will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays during that span; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20; and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21.

Early voting locations will include the Bessie Branham Recreation Center (2051 Delano Drive NE in Atlanta) and the main DeKalb elections office (4380 Memorial Drive in Decatur).

Because the DeKalb cities of Stonecrest and Tucker also have runoffs scheduled, early voting locations at the county libraries in those municipalities will be available to Atlanta-in-DeKalb voters too.

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A look into how Fulton county handled today's election with the newly established rules

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Fulton and DeKalb early voting

Early voting for both counties will run eight days, from Nov. 17-24.

Fulton will run early voting from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at several locations throughout the county, which you can soon check at https://www.fultoncountyga.gov/services/voting-and-elections.

In DeKalb, voting will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, then 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20 and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21. Here are the DeKalb locations:

Bessie Branham Recreation Center, 2051 Delano Drive NE, Atlanta

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

Stonecrest Library, 3123 Klondike Road, Stonecrest

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

Note: DeKalb residents who live within Atlanta city limits can early vote at all locations

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