Early voting starts Monday across metro Atlanta

Voters can cast early ballots starting Monday morning across metro Atlanta. 

The offices up for grabs are largely municipal -- mayor and city council seats -- but residents in unincorporated areas of DeKalb will vote on a referendum to restructure the ethics board while Fulton voters will choose a new county commissioner.

For more information on where to early vote, and which offices are being decided upon, consult the article below written for your home county. Learn more about Georgia’s new voting system in the video.

More politics:

All of Georgia’s electronic voting machines are being replaced before the March 24 presidential primary. The new voting system uses touchscreens, printed-out paper ballots and ballot scanners. Step 1 Voters check in at their precincts with an iPad that scans their driver’s license or another form of photo ID. Then voters can use their finger to sign-in on the screen. Step 2 A 21.5-inch touchscreen displays candidates and referendums. Voters make their choices on the touchscreen, called a ballot marking device, which, includes accessibility options such as enlarged text and headphones. Step 3 Next to the touchscreen, an HP printer produces a paper ballot. The ballot includes a text listing of voters’ choices along with a bar code that can be read by an optical scanning machine. Voters can review their choices and request a new ballot if needed. Step 4 The ballot is inserted into the scanner for vote tabulation. Ballots are accepted whether they’re face-up or face-down, forward or backward. The scanning machine displays a message saying “ballot successfully cast,” and the ballot is stored in a locked box that can later be opened for recounts or audits. Mark Niesse Georgia Government Reporter The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 404-526-2848 Twitter: @markniesse

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