DeKalb County voters go to the polls on Election Day at Crossroads Presbyterian Church on Nov. 8. They join voters across the country in choosing a President, and other elected officials in local and statewide races. KENT D. JOHNSON /

Tired of elections? DeKalb prepares for 6th vote of 2016

The long election season isn’t quite over yet in DeKalb County.

Some voters will return to the polls for the sixth time this year when they vote in a Dec. 6 runoff for DeKalb Commission Super District 7, which covers 350,000 residents in the eastern half of the county.

Turnout is expected to be low after so many trips to the ballot box and with no other races on the ballot.

Already, voters went to the polls this year for presidential preference primary and city elections March 1, city of Tucker runoffs March 29, the general primary election May 24, primary election runoffs July 26 and the general election Nov. 8.

More than 319,000 DeKalb voters participated in the general election, representing 62 percent of registered voters.

But turnoff usually drops off in runoffs. In last year’s runoff for DeKalb Commission District 5, about 4 percent of registered voters showed up. Mereda Davis Johnson defeated George Turner in that race.

Only residents in DeKalb Commission District 7 can vote in next month’s race. The district includes Doraville, Tucker, Stone Mountain, Lithonia, Pine Lake and unincorporated areas.

The runoff is between Greg Adams, an Emory University police officer, and Randal Mangham, an attorney. The winner will replace former Commissioner Stan Watson, who resigned in March to run for county tax commissioner.

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