The DeKalb Dems circulated a questionnaire to some of the municipal candidates. These are their responses.
Whereas, DeKalb County is committed to advancing equitable voting rights and justice for people of all races, national origins, and ethnicities; and
Whereas, the communities in DeKalb County are immensely diverse, consisting of multiple ethnicities, languages and dialects, wide-ranging socioeconomic characteristics, and the home of more than 750,000 residents; and
Whereas, the right to vote is one of the foundational rights of all-American citizens; and
Whereas, Congressman John Lewis spent his life fighting against hate, bigotry, and equal opportunity at the voting booth inside and outside of Congress to advance voting rights for everyone; and
Whereas, voting rights are under attack nationally by state legislators introducing and passing laws to create barriers to our participation in elections; and
Whereas, May 9, 1961 marks the 60th anniversary of the South Carolina stop of the “Freedom Riders” historic bus trip from Washington, D.C. to New Orleans where John Lewis withstood violent beatings only to say, “Ours was not a struggle against individuals, ours is a struggle against a system of injustice”; and
Whereas, the late Congressman John Lewis shed his blood crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge to fight for rights of black voters and voters of color to participate in America’s electoral process, and for the enactment of the 1965 Voting Rights Act; and
Whereas, The John Lewis Day of Advocacy and Action will raise awareness and protect voting rights from anti-democratic laws; and
Whereas, it behooves us as heirs of his sacrifice and life-long endeavor to celebrate his life and accomplishments and continue his life’s work to ensure everyone’s right to vote; and
Whereas, May 8, 2021, the national day of activism will bring together local coalition partners to raise awareness and create energy around protecting voting rights and all eligible voters.
Now, Therefore, WE the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners hereby proclaim, Saturday, May 8, 2021, as John Lewis’ Voting Rights Advancement Day of Action.
PROCLAIMED THIS 8th day of May 2021.
The DeKalb County Democratic Committee and Board of Registrations and Elections (DeKalb BRE) joined the DeKalb House and Senate Delegation to denounce proposed voting bills on the steps of the Gold Dome on March 17.
“I was taught never to take our precious freedoms for granted,” Republican DeKalb BRE Vice-Chair Baoky Vu said in a statement. “The proposed so-called ‘elections integrity’ legislation … is nothing short of real voter suppression. If men and women in uniform such as Pat Tillman and Humayun Khan were willing to die fighting to defend our American democracy, then we must be willing to live fighting for it.”
DeKalb County Democratic Committee will be well represented at the 2020 Democratic Convention. Those who are active in the county committee or represent DeKalb as an elected official (both former or current) make up over 10% of the Georgia Delegation. In addition, our former County Chair, Barbara Campbell, was elected to serve on the Rules Committee for the Democratic Convention. Barbara Campbell, “I am so honored to represent my state and my denomination on this important committee. This committee as implied sets the rules for the convention. To have found favor with God and my fellow state committee members is heartwarming.” Here is a breakdown of the delegation based on DCDC membership, leadership and elected representation:Read More
If you live in DeKalb and are not sure if you are in the 6th District, you can visit your My Voter Page from the Secretary of State and it will list all your districts and your polling place.
- Voting is from 7am to 7pm. If you are in line by 7pm, you will be able to vote. Do not let anyone turn you away or tell you that you can’t.
- Be sure to bring a valid form of ID which includes any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free ID Card issued by your county registrar’s office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS), a Georgia Driver’s License, xalid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, Georgia, or any county, or municipality, valid U.S. passport ID, valid U.S. military photo ID, or valid tribal photo ID.
- If a poll worker looks at a map and tells you that you cannot vote, ask for them to check with the Secretary of State data. Do not go by someone’s interpretation of a map! If someone attempts to turn you away, call the Voter Hotline.
- If you have (or know of) any problems voting, CALL VOTER HOTLINE 404-626-6838 or 404-673-1325 right away!
- RIDE ASSISTANCE: If someone needs a ride to the polls, give them this hotline number: 770-765-5802
The City of Stonecrest City Council Special Election Runoff is also tomorrow. They are for Stonecrest Districts 2, 4 and 5.