Atlanta runoff election: Here’s what you need to know at the polls Tuesday

Atlanta voters will head to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots for the city’s next mayor, bringing Atlanta one step closer to the end of a historic election cycle that initially had a crowded field of candidates arguing that they can lead City Hall for the next four years.

The 61st mayor will have to address increased violent crime, affordable housing scarcity, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and the movement for Buckhead to become its own city. The next mayor must also confront zoning, infrastructure, and transit issues, as well as the future of the city jail.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: The race for City Hall in Atlanta

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Andre Dickens and Felicia Moore on the campaign trail to be the next Atlanta Mayor. (Photos by Miguel Martinez and Ben Gray for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution).

Credit: Miguel Martinez and Ben Gray for the AJC

Andre Dickens and Felicia Moore on the campaign trail to be the next Atlanta Mayor. (Photos by Miguel Martinez and Ben Gray for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution).
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Andre Dickens and Felicia Moore on the campaign trail to be the next Atlanta Mayor. (Photos by Miguel Martinez and Ben Gray for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution).

Credit: Miguel Martinez and Ben Gray for the AJC

Credit: Miguel Martinez and Ben Gray for the AJC

The candidates on the ballot for mayor are Andre Dickens and Felicia Moore, who each managed to advance to the mayoral runoff.

The election cycle began earnestly as Moore entered the race against Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who initially sought reelection this year with a decent six-figure campaign war chest. But the mayor surprisingly ended her bid in May, unleashing the floodgates for 14 contenders, including former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

Atlanta voters will also vote on several City Council seats, including the City Council president. Likewise, there will be runoff elections for school board and other offices in metro Atlanta.

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Atlanta mayoral runoff candidates Felicia Moore and Andre Dickens answer questions from AJC reporters. Video by Ryon Horne and Tyson Horne

To vote, visit your assigned precinct on Tuesday. You can find it on the state’s My Voter Page site, as well as a sample ballot to get a preview of what you’re voting for.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. for all city of Atlanta precincts.

Visit AJC.com/news/Atlanta-mayors-race-2021/ for extensive coverage of the Race for City Hall, which includes biographies and videos of Dickens and Moore answering key questions. The AJC.com/voter-guide/ also provides a behind the scenes look into what it’s like to be a runoff candidate in the mayor’s race.

RELATED: Four other metro Atlanta cities have runoffs Tuesday for mayor, plus a number of other races

ExploreAJC voter guides for the Nov. 30 runoff election

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Atlanta mayoral runoff candidates Felicia Moore and Andre Dickens answer questions from AJC reporters. Video by Ryon Horne and Tyson Horne

ExploreOn the ballot: A list of the Nov. 30 runoff elections in metro Atlanta

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