DeKalb County elections board chairman Samuel Tillman, left, and elections director Erica Hamilton during Thursday night's elections board meeting. TYLER ESTEP / TYLER.ESTEP@AJC.COM

DeKalb sets early voting schedule for primaries, sheriff’s election

DeKalb County voters will have longer hours and more locations to cast ballots ahead of March’s presidential primary and special sheriff’s election.

DeKalb’s election board set the advance voting schedule during a Thursday afternoon meeting. The schedule starts March 2 and includes three weeks of early voting at three different locations; a total of five locations open for two weeks; and a total of 11 locations open the final week. 

Two Saturdays and one Sunday are also included, and hours at many locations will be from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.


The schedule pleased advocates who had pushed for a wider range of early voting opportunities.

“Any time we can accommodate the public with a few extra hours, whenever they may be, we’re happy to do that,” elections board chairman Samuel Tillman said. 

In DeKalb, ballots for the March 24 presidential preference primary will also include a special election to fill the unexpired term of former Sheriff Jeffrey Mann. Mann retired in November during a certification battle stemming from his 2017 arrest on indecency and obstruction charges.

A total of nine candidates — including current Sheriff Melody Maddox, who took over after Mann stepped down — have qualified to run in the nonpartisan special election. With so many candidates, a runoff election a few weeks later is likely; but the eventual winner will take over as sheriff until the end of 2020, when Mann’s unexpired term ends.

The last day to register to vote in the March elections is Feb. 24.

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