UPDATE: Drop Your Mail-In Ballots At These Locations In DeKalb

UPDATE: Drop Your Mail-In Ballots At These Locations In DeKalb

You can now drop off your mail-in (absentee) ballots in drop boxes at the following locations:

  • Exchange Park – 2771 Columbia Drive Decatur, GA 30034
  • Brookhaven City Hall – 4362 Peachtree Rd NE, Brookhaven, GA 30319
  • Stonecrest City Hall – 3120 Stonecrest Blvd., Stonecrest, GA 30038
  • 4380 Memorial Dr., Decatur, GA 30032
  • Stone Mountain City Hall – 875 Main Street, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
  • Dunwoody City Hall – 4800 Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE, Dunwoody GA 30038
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UPDATE: 27 DeKalb Polling Location Changes Coming Tuesday, June 9

UPDATE: 27 DeKalb Polling Location Changes Coming Tuesday, June 9

There will be 27 DeKalb polling location changes coming for the June 9 primary. We are still encouraging everyone to vote-by-mail. However, if you’re voting in-person, please check your My Voter Page or DeKalbVotes.com before heading to the polls. Keep in mind that these changes are still pending. Early voting has begun. Click here for more info on early voting. The pending changes below:

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DeKalb Dems Response to the June 2020 Primary

June 29, 2020

Dekalb County Commissioners

Dekalb County Board of Registration and Elections

Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of a well functioning democracy.  What we witnessed on June 9th put that goal at risk in Dekalb County and eroded voter’s confidence in the process.  Our poll monitors and members reported wide ranging issues throughout the primary process including issues with timely processing of absentee ballot requests, receipt of actual ballots, submission acknowledgement and the actual counting of ballots.  We also saw many problems on Election Day starting with last minute polling place changes, lack of voter notification of those changes, equipment issues, and long lines at polling locations.  These issues all served to disenfranchise voters and are unacceptable.  We must and can do better in Dekalb County. I am writing to demand that immediate improvements be made to ensure future elections support the right of every voter in Dekalb County to cast their ballot without barriers. 

With historic turn out anticipated in the November general election, it is imperative that significant actions be taken now.  Dekalb Dems stand ready to support this process including advocating for required funding investments.  Specifically, we ask that you as the officials responsible for elections in this county to:

  1. Fully adopt and implement the recommendations and action plan laid out in the May 29th consultant report by The Elections Group.  We appreciate the investment in this consultant engagement and strongly support their recommendations.  The comprehensive report focuses on filling identified critical gaps and positioning Dekalb County as a leader in administering elections.  As they advocated, these improvements are ONLY possible with increased investment in executive level staffing, space, systems and equipment. 
  2. Prioritize actions to improve the vote by mail process.  This includes immediate improvements in the current process while planning strategically to implement future changes made possible by the Secretary of State request portal.  While we saw record numbers of voters choosing to vote by mail for the June 9th primary, we also heard significant voter frustration with the process—and our monitors witnessed the laborious manual process of processing of these ballots.  Improvements are needed for this to be viable in November, both to address anticipated volume and for a potentially serious COVID environment. 
  3. Proactively plan for Election Day in November when record turn out is expected.  First by encouraging voters to use vote by mail and early voting options and second with a robust plan for accessible polling locations that can accommodate the new voting system and equipment, and recruitment and training of poll workers to adequately staff.  We are aware of numerous community organizations that are well positioned to assist with poll worker recruitment and encourage your collaboration to enlist this support.
  4. Communicate, communicate, communicate with voters and stakeholders.  Transparency is essential to regain voter confidence and collaboration with many stakeholders will also support this goal.  From a user friendly web site to active social media, all means need to be taken to encourage and educate regarding vote by mail and early voting options to lessen the burden on Election Day.  An intentional comprehensive communication plan with dedicated staffing is required to advance these strategies.   

I know you share the goal of providing accessible, efficient and fair elections in Dekalb County and we look forward to working with you as actions are taken to reach these goals. 

Sincerely,

John Jackson
Chair
Dekalb County Democratic Committee

Run for Party Leader & Elected Official (PLEO) Delegate And At-Large Delegate

Run for Party Leader & Elected Official (PLEO) Delegate And At-Large Delegate

The DEADLINE to file your candidacy to run for Party Leader & Elected Official (PLEO) Delegate AND/OR At-Large Delegate is at 8pm this Thursday, May 28. Find the forms here.

Late submissions cannot be accepted, and there is no opportunity for write-in candidacy, as Intent Forms will be sent to presidential campaigns for review immediately upon the deadline.

Some frequently asked questions/useful information regarding process below:

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FAQs about the June 9, 2020 Primary

FAQs about the June 9, 2020 Primary

When is the next election?

Due to the Public Health State of Emergency, Georgia’s Secretary of State has postponed both the Presidential Preference Primary, originally scheduled for March 24, and the General Election Primary, originally scheduled for May 19. Both primaries are now scheduled for June 9.

  • In-person early voting will resume on May 18 and run until June 5. However, in-person voting locations will likely be limited due to COVID-19-related health concerns.
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Democrats State Committee Meets on June 27

The Democratic Party of Georgia State Committee will convene remotely via video conference call on Saturday, June 27, at 12 noon. The main item of business will be electing Georgia’s DNC Members for the 2020-24 term. These DNC members will officially take office immediately following the closing gavel of the 2020 National Convention. Georgia is allotted 5 DNC members.

Elections and duties of DNC Members are governed by DPG Bylaws Section 2.6 and Section 8.
If you’re interested in running for one of Georgia’s 5 DNC member posts, you must file an Intent to Run statement with the State Party office no later than June 17 at 12 noon by emailing that statement to justin@georgiademocrat.org. (BL8.1.4)

Non-State Committee Members may run by submitting their Intent to Run statement with the endorsement of no fewer than 30 State Committee Members and submit no later than June 17 at 12 noon. (BL8.1.4)

DeKalb County Democrats Censure Rep. Vernon Jones for Trump Endorsement

After consulting with respective leadership teams, the Chairs of both the DeKalb County Democratic Committee (DCDC), John Jackson, and the Rockdale County Democratic Committee (RCDC), Cheryl Miles Board are denouncing the State Representative from District 91 for his recent endorsement of President Trump for re-election. The House District 91 Rep has identified himself as a Democrat and was elected to his current position as a Democrat. It is the expectation that members of the party follow Bylaws and not undermine  Democrats by endorsing the opposition. 

Chair Jackson made the following statement: “No endorsement or pandemic will slow us down from defeating the occupant of the White House and all elected officials who stands with him.”

COVID-19 Resources

For Voters

In light of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, voting in person may not be an option for the June 9 primary. (NOTE: As of April 9, the primary was postponed from May 19 to June 9 by order of Governor Kemp.)

Apply NOW for your Vote-By-Mail Ballot

Click the links below for step by step instructions:

Call the Voter Protection Hotline with any questions. There has never been a more important time to vote.

For Campaigns and Outreach

As per the DPG, we recommend that all candidate campaigns suspend in-person events and to switch as much as possible to virtual campaigns. Tools which are available for campaigns:

DPG Guidance

The Democratic Party of Georgia is committed to ensuring the safety, health, and well-being of all Georgians. The Party has enacted emergency measures to combat the spread of COVID-19:

  • Georgia’s Presidential Preference Primary has been postponed until Tuesday, June 9th.
  • Democratic Party of Georgia Headquarters will be closed from March 13 onwards, with all staff working remotely, until further notice.
  • All DPG events scheduled are postponed until further notice. This includes fundraisers, community events, party meetings, and organizing events.
  • All organizing efforts, including direct voter contact, will shift from in-person work to virtual work, and we encourage campaigns to do the same.

Elections & Voter Protection

The Georgia Presidential Primary will be postponed to June 9 to join the regular primary and nonpartisan local elections. Every single vote already cast will be counted, and every voter that has not had the opportunity to cast a ballot will be able to do so on June 9. We encourage all voters to vote by mail for the foreseeable future, beginning with the June 2020 Primary.

The DPG’s voter protection program and hotline will continue to operate throughout this period – please continue to urge voters to call our hotline at 888-730-5816 with any questions or concerns before Election Day on June 9. 

Instructions on how to vote by mail: https://www.georgiademocrat.org/vote/

Delegate Selection for 2020 National Convention

Previously, the Democratic Party of Georgia had Delegate Selection meetings scheduled for Saturday, April 11 — these events have been postponed. Georgia Democrats have now updated the Delegate Selection Plan in conjunction with the Democratic National Committee:

  1. Georgia is allocated 129 delegates, nine of whom will be alternates.
  2. 68 District-Level delegates will be elected via online voting within the delegates’ congressional district on April 25, 2020. There are no District-Level alternates.
  3. 14 Party Leaders and Elected Officials (PLEOs) will be elected via online voting by the 68 district level delegates on May 30, 2020.
  4. On June 13, 2020, 23 At-Large Delegates and nine alternates will be elected by the State Committee of the Democratic Party of Georgia via online voting.

If you want to participate in this process, here’s how:

  • Before April 5, 2020: Candidates for election as District-level Delegates (for CD-04, CD-05 and CD-06) to the Democratic National Convention must submit this completed and scanned form as an email attachment to DNC2020@GeorgiaDemocrat.org, or sent by postal mail to
    • The Democratic Party of Georgia
    • DNC Delegate Selection 2020
    • PO Box 89202
    • Atlanta, GA 30312
  • Mon, April 13 – Fri, April 17: If you’re a Democrat, pledging your support to a presidential candidate and legally residing in the congressional district in which you’re voting, you can register online as a Delegate Elector through a Google Form OR by calling designated phone numbers. DPG makes registration form available by CD Chair/County Chair promotion, by emailing link to State Committee, and by allowing Delegate candidates to distribute link. Form will be available on the DPG website and emailed (along with phone numbers for call-in registration) to above stakeholders on April 13. Registration closes at midnight on the night of April 17. CD CHAIRS AND THEIR VOLUNTEERS will be responsible for using VoteBuilder to credential electors for voting.
  • Sat, April 25: 9am – 5pm voting period. At 9am, DPG emails ballots (Google form) to credentialled Electors from the April 6-17 registration period. Electors may submit their Google form OR call designated numbers to vote. Forms/calls must be submitted by 5pm. NOTE: There will be no provisions for speechmaking by District-Level Delegate candidates; candidates must campaign in advance with potential voters. List of qualified voters will be made available to qualified District-Level Delegate candidates.
  • Wed, May 20, 2020: Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) candidate DEADLINE for filing the statement of candidacy and pledge of support forms with State Party
  • Sat, May 30: voting period. At 9am, DPG emails ballots (Google form) to 68 District-Level Delegates. Delegates may submit their Google form OR call designated numbers to vote. A Zoom/Maestro Conference will be set up for PLEO candidates to make speeches to District-Level Delegates. Forms/calls must be submitted by 5pm.
  • Mon, June 1: At-Large and At-Large: Alternate candidate DEADLINE for filing the statement of candidacy and pledge of support forms with State Party
  • Tue, June 9: Primary Day
  • Sat, June 13: voting period. At 9am, DPG emails ballots (Google form) to all State Committee Members. SCMs may submit their Google form OR call designated numbers to vote. A Zoom/Maestro Conference will be set up for At-Large candidates to make speeches to SCMs. Forms/calls must be submitted by 5pm.
  • Sat, June 20: Conference call / Zoom Conference / Maestro conference with all 129 Delegates participating.
  • Mon August 17 – Thu August 20, 2020: Democratic National Convention (tentative)

For more information on the new plan, please contact Justin Pitts by email: justin@georgiademocrat.org.

Protect Yourself

In the meantime, we encourage you to take steps to protect yourself and others: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. 
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. 
  • Check in with vulnerable people in your community who might need help during this crisis. 
  • Where possible, avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Stay home if you are sick. 
  • Call your doctor before visiting and follow their protocols. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. 

The DPG will continue to monitor the guidance of public health officials closely, and we will be in touch with further updates as this issue continues. Thank you for your help as we face this crisis together, and please stay safe. 

Community Support

Since we want to make sure our community stays safe, we’re sharing some resources that we think may help you through this new and challenging time in our history.

For updates on COVID-19 (coronavirus), please refer to:

If you think you may have a case of coronavirus, please call the Georgia COVID-19 hotline. Do not show up unannounced to a hospital or health care facility: (844) 442-2681.

Resources for those affected by economic changes:

Related news:

Ways you can help:

For more information: