The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office confirmed that voters in the annexed area would be included in the election.
“We certainly see no legal impediment to participation in the upcoming municipal election,” said Chris Harvey, the state’s elections director.
Hamilton said she’ll work to make ballots available for new Atlanta voters in time for the election.
The city's eastward expansion into DeKalb would change the city's demographics.
In all, there are 6,376 residents in the annexation area, according to the DeKalb County Geographic Information System Department. They would be added to the city’s 2016 population of 472,522 if the area’s incorporation passes.
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Many are students, with 64 percent of residents between the ages of 15 and 24, according to the county.
The total population of the annexation area is 63 percent white, 22 percent Asian and 11 percent black, according to the county’s estimates for 2017.
By comparison, the city’s existing voting-age population was 49 percent black and 44 percent white, according to U.S. Census data for 2015, the most recent year available.
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