New polling locations announced ahead of runoff elections

The DeKalb Board of Registration and Elections (DeKalb VRE) held an emergency meeting June 10 to confirm multiple polling location changes ahead of the June 21 runoff elections.

During the meeting, DeKalb VRE Executive Director Keisha Smith said the Clarkston Library, located at 951 N Indian Creek Drive; Israel Missionary Baptist Church, located at 2071 Hosea L Williams Drive SE; and Tucker High School, located at 5036 Lavista Road; have been secured for the runoff elections.

An additional site, Neighborhood Church, located at 1561 McLendon Ave. NE., has also been added for DeKalb County residents who live in Atlanta.

Smith and Erik Burton, communications consultant with DeKalb County, confirmed that signage would be placed at previous polling locations such as the Clarkston Community Center and Coan Park Recreation Center, directing voters to the new locations. The information will also be mailed to affected voters and posted on social media and the DeKalb VRE’s website.

During a specially called meeting on June 3, DeKalb VRE board members approved various changes impacting advance voting and election day voting in the upcoming runoff elections.

The following locations will be available for advance voting, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 13 through June 17:

  • Berean Christian Church, 2201 Young Road, Stone Mountain
  • Briarwood Recreation, 2235 Briarwood Way NE, Atlanta
  • Dunwoody Library, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody
  • Emory University, 1599 Clifton Road, Atlanta
  • DeKalb Voter Registration and Elections Office, 4380 Memorial Drive Ste. 300, Decatur
  • North DeKalb Senior Center, 3393 Malone Drive, Chamblee
  • Gallery at South DeKalb, 2801 Candler Road, Decatur
  • Stonecrest Library, 3123 Klondike Road, Stonecrest
  • Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library, 5234 LaVista Road, Tucker

Briarwood Recreation Center, Dunwoody Library, DeKalb Voter Registration and Elections Office, Gallery at South DeKalb, Stonecrest Library and Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library have drop box locations. Registered DeKalb voters can vote at any location during the advance voting period.

Both the June 3 and June 10 meetings came on the heels of District 2 runoff election results changing after a hand recount and some voters and candidates questioning the reliability of the results.

“An explanation is forthcoming that is being written in a way that is easier to understand,” said DeKalb VRE board chair Dele Lowman Smith. “There were not thousands of new votes. I think there has been some confusion as folks have expressed surprise. I personally don’t understand why there is surprise, I think we stated that the vote numbers were misallocated. The hand recount got an accurate tally and who each vote actually belonged to. We look forward to providing more information and further explanation soon.”

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