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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

DeKalb County Sunday Voting

Sen Fran Millar - Racist?

Sen. Fran Miller certainly created a firestorm with his sharp criticism of interim CEO Lee May's announcement of the opening of a Sunday voting site to be opened just prior to the general election in November, to be located at South DeKalb Mall.  He was concerned that this was UNFAIR because the new location is located in a predominantly African-American (meaning Democrat and uneducated) part of the county, whereas his Republican constituency (meaning white and wealthy) in the north end of the county were being denied an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY to vote.

All told, this is very consistent with the national Republican Party's remarkable efforts to deny the vote to poor and Democratic voters at every opportunity.

Perhaps if he had looked at a map he would have realized he just should have kept his mouth shut.

Looks pretty fair to me.

ETA:  After the initial brouhaha over Sen. Millar's comments, where the initial description of the 3 official Sunday polling locations included the Tucker Recreation Center, the official notice issued by the DeKalb County Office of Voter Registration & Elections on September 15 replaced Tucker with the Chamblee Civic Center. County officials stated that they had always intended to use Chamblee for the Sunday vote, but the timing doesn't really support that, such that it seems pretty clear that Sen. Millar questionable comments did actually  influence the switch from Tucker to Chamblee.

In-person early voting for the November 4th general election shall be as follows:

Central DeKalb: Voter Registration & Elections Office
(includes an area exclusively for senior and disabled voters)
4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur
Monday through Friday, Oct. 13-31, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
*Saturday, Oct. 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
**Sunday, Oct. 26, noon to 5 p.m.
Tucker Recreation Center
4898 LaVista Road, Tucker
Monday through Friday, Oct. 13-31, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
*Saturday, Oct. 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall
2801 Candler Road, Decatur
Monday through Friday, Oct. 13-31, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
*Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
**Sunday, Oct. 26, noon to 5 P.M.
Chamblee Civic Center
3540 Broad Street, Chamblee,
**Sunday, Oct. 26, noon to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday, Oct. 27-31, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Brookhaven City Hall 
4362 Peachtree Road, NE, Brookhaven
Monday through Friday, Oct. 27-31, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Clark Harrison Building
330 W. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur
Monday through Friday, Oct. 27-31, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Berean Community Center 
2440 Young Road, Stone Mountain
Monday through Friday, Oct. 27-31, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Voters who do not take advantage of early voting must go to their polling places on Tuesday, Nov. 4 to cast their ballots. All early and absentee voting will end on Friday, Oct. 31. 
The deadline to register to vote is Monday, Oct. 6. 
To find a polling place and see a sample ballot, go to the “My Voter Page” at Applications and other information may be obtained at the website or by calling the Voter Registration & Elections office at (404) 298-4020.

The updated map illustrating how the three Sunday voting locations relate to the county as a whole. Seems like the north DeKalb voters are getting FAR better access than in south DeKalb.

This map, posted September 10, no longer applies to Sunday voting, but does apply to Saturday voting. The Tucker and Chamblee locations are apparently taking turns. Interestingly, the Saturday locations have received absolutely no news interest, and are apparently not so upsetting to the Republican leadership and their chief spokesman, Sen. Millar. As far as I know, Sen. Millar, there's nothing stopping the mega-churches buses from running on Saturday as well as, if not more easily, than Sunday.

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