This seems to be a pretty popular topic this week from the emails and phone calls I have been getting off line. So, I will elaborate a little more on what I have found out.
See my previous post for early voting locations.
Lines are long, probably no surprise there. I went to the 330 West Ponce de Leon location in downtown Decatur this morning about 10:30 a.m. It took an hour and a half. Most of the waiting was outside, so remember to dress appropriately for the weather. It was cold today! I saw people with books, magazines, IPods and knitting to keep them busy. Personally, I was busy on my Blackberry most of the time.
Jay, my eyes on the street in Dunwoody reported back to me that he went over to the Liane Levetan Park location around 11:30 a.m. He said that it was pretty much a mob scene and didn’t even bother to park. Thank you Jay for the feedback!
While most of us know who is running for President, there are some other issues we are voting on that are lesser known. There are Proposed Constitutional Amendments.
They are as follows:
1- To encourage the preservation of Georgia’s Forests through a conservation use property tax reduction program.
2- To authorize local school districts to use tax funds for community redevelopment purposes.
3- To authorize the creation of special infrastructure development districts providing infrastructure to underserved areas.
Dekalb County has Referendums.
This is Senate Bill #52. Shall the Act be approved which increases homestead exemption from City of Atlanta and ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes from $15,000 to $30,000 after a 3 year phase in period?
Vote Yes or No
Dekalb County Board of Education Nonbinding Advisory Referendum House Bill #712
Should the Dekalb County Board of Education require that students in kindergarten through 5th grades wear uniforms?
Vote Yes or No
Then there are several more for City of Atlanta residents in Dekalb, Doraville and Clarkston residents.
Want more details? Check out the Sample Ballot .
Here are the numbers from the Dekalb Early Voting.
Memorial Drive 3954 3997
330 West Ponce 1722 2205
Lithonia 1756 2031
North Lake 2042 2136
Dunwoody 1950 2205
South Dekalb 1968 2191
So, at the end of Tuesday 103,665 voters have taken advantage of early voting in Dekalb County, GA. I did speak to a Poll worker and she told me that Memorial Drive was the busiest, but it’s also one of the biggest locations. I think I counted 20 voting machines in downtown Decatur at 330 West Ponce de Leon. I have also been advised that there is less waiting if you get to the polls before they open, for example at 6:30 a.m.
Remember that if you don’t do early voting, more locations will be open on Election Day. Also, if you are voting on Election Day, please try to bring canned goods for the community food banks Vote for Hope Canned Food Drive at participating locations.
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