Remember to Vote on Tuesday, July 22!


ELECTION DAY is Tuesday, July 22.

In-person EARLY VOTING for the July 22 election will be held at the Voter Registration and Elections Office. All EARLY VOTING ends this Friday, July 18.

EARLY VOTING times and exact location >>
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Days: M,Tu,W,Th,F
Memorial Drive Complex, Suite 300
4380 Memorial Drive
Decatur, GA 30032

Click here for a map.

There are no satellite early voting locations for this election.

Sample ballots are available on the VR&E website: under “Current Election Information.” The office is currently accepting absentee by mail applications. Application forms are also available on the DeKalb County website.


To find your polling place for JULY 22 and see your sample ballot, go to 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.

Non-Partisan Runoff Elections (DeKalb School Board; finals decided on July 22):

Board of Education District 3: Incumbent Michael Erwin (Governor-appointed District 3 incumbent)  squares off against community leader and DeKalb schools parent, Atticus LeBlanc for DeKalb County Board of Education District 3.

Board of Education District 4: Two incumbents, Jim McMahan (current District 4 elected incumbent) and Karen Carter (Governor-appointed District 8 incumbent – Districts 8 & 9 were permanently eliminated by the GA Legislature) are finalists competing for the DeKalb County Board of Education District 4 seat currently held by McMahan.

Board of Education District 5: Incumbent Thad Mayfield (Governor-appointed District 9 incumbent – Districts 8 & 9 were permanently eliminated by the GA Legislature) and newcomer Vickie B. Turner – who holds a Masters degree in Education from Troy State University and is currently Headmaster of The Augustine Preparatory Academy of Atlanta, face each other in the final runoff election for the DeKalb County Board of Education District 5 seat.

Also >> DeKalb County Sheriff: In this very important DeKalb County election, the well-liked and respected Incumbent Sheriff Jeff Mann will face former DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones in the runoff for DeKalb County Sheriff. You may recall, Vernon Jones was involved in several high profile controversies as DeKalb CEO. From Wikipedia >>

In December 2004, a woman accused Jones of rape. The woman maintained her story, but she later dropped the charges.[29] In 2004, Commissioner Elaine Boyer filed a police report alleging Jones pushed her into a wall after a contentious meeting. The police report came soon after a Dekalb constituent claimed Jones had harassed and intimidated her.

In the 2008 Creative Loafing article “Vernon goes to church,” Jones possible illegal involvement with Bishop Earl Paulk of Decatur, Georgia was detailed. The article described a sexual encounter arranged by Paulk that involved Jones and one of Paulk’s former mistresses. The encounter was later brought up in a court case in which Jones refused to answer questions regarding the incident under oath. Jones later bailed the fallen bishop out of a financial crisis by donating county funds through purchasing property from the church.

In 2010, a jury awarded three white former DeKalb County Parks and Recreation Department managers more than $180,000 in a discrimination lawsuit against the county and former Chief Executive Jones. The three claimed they were victims of a campaign to replace white managerial employees with black ones. A fourth employee who is African American says he suffered mistreatment after he refused to “dig up dirt” on his white coworkers. Other employees who were discriminated against chose to move on and not be part of or file suit against Jones. Jones denied he had discriminated against white employees.


Other (Partisan) Runoff Elections (finals to be decided in the General Election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014):

United States Senate (R): David Perdue and Jack Kingston are headed to a runoff in the Georgia Republican Senate primary

State School Superintendent (D): Former Decatur School Board member Valarie Wilson and State Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan will compete in the Democratic runoff for State School Superintendent.

State School Superintendent (R): Columbia County educator Mike Buck faces Irwin County educator Richard Woods



Read the next few posts to learn more about the candidates in each district.

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9 Responses to Remember to Vote on Tuesday, July 22!

  1. I don’t know how any one can vote for a crook, rapist and raciest like Vernon Jones.

  2. kirklunde says:

    I will say that in district 4, Jim McMahan is my choice. Dr. Carter is nice and non-confrontational, but I want a board member who has children in school.

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  4. From the AJC >>> Corruption claims set tone in DeKalb sheriff’s election

    A history of crime in the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office

    Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown was shot and killed in his front yard in December 2000 after defeating incumbent Sheriff Sidney Dorsey in that year’s election. Brown had pledged to clean up corruption and kickbacks in the sheriff’s office during his campaign. Dorsey was convicted of ordering Brown’s killing, and he’s serving a life sentence.

    Three of Dorsey’s predecessors also had their careers end following criminal inquiries.

    Lamar Martin was convicted of taking bribes in 1972. Ray Bonner, a sheriff in the mid-1970s, was acquitted in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy in his front yard. Bronner lost the 1976 election to former Atlanta Braves pitcher Pat Jarvis.

    Jarvis pleaded guilty in 1999 to participating in a kickback scheme to get cash from food vendors, bonding companies and maintenance firms that had contracts with the county jail while he was sheriff. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

    Watch the Atlanta Press Club debate for DeKalb County sheriff at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday on Public Broadcasting Atlanta Channel 30.

  5. Has much changed since we wrote this post in November, 2012? We really don’t think so… considering all of the money, talk, ‘work’ and political posturing that has been going on all this time. Actually, that’s just about all it’s been – talk, and posturing. While, since this post was originally posted, over $2.5 Billion slipped through the taxpayers fingertips and into the control and pockets of DCSS upper level administrators and staff resulting in continued pitiful test scores for students.

    When adults focus on adults, the children suffer: A DSW editorial
    Why do we do what we do here at the DSW blog?
    Because in DeKalb county, we all pay a lot of money in taxes that are specifically earmarked to educate nearly 100,000 children in our county and too much of that money is being wasted, squandered and/or spent on legal fees to defend the bad decisions made by a majority vote of our current and former administrators and board. Our school leadership has focused for far too long on providing jobs and inflated paychecks to administrators and non-teaching staff, while cutting teachers and their support in the schoolhouse year after year.

  6. Sarah G says:

    Well, I went and voted today, for what it was worth. McMahan got my runoff vote solely based on his support of the Druid Hills Charter. I also voted for Woods for State Super b/c he is the only candidate who seems to have any clue about the push for local school systems. My best advice is to not drive a nice car over there to vote early – the parking lot is a complete disgrace! It is one huge pothole.

  7. Watch what happens here >>>

    [As reported by Jim Walls: Atlanta Unfiltered]

    July 8, 2014 – A Cobb County judge will decide by the end of the month whether Cobb County can sell revenue bonds to finance a new stadium for the Atlanta Braves. Cobb’s lawyers say it’s all perfectly legal, while critics accuse the county of making an end-run around the Georgia Constitution. “We’ve treated the Constitution as an obstacle,” said one, software developer Chris Peters, “just like a speed bump that we can just climb over.”

    This will be relevant to the drive to independent schools. Perhaps those pushing for independent schools can take a page from the leaders in Cobb – treat those 8 words in the GA Constitution preventing the formation of new school districts simply as a speed bump. It can be overcome and Cobb will show you the way.

  8. dsw2contributor says:

    A Crawford Lewis update in the AJC, titled “DA, defense agree plea for ex-DeKalb school chief should be honored”:

  9. concernedmome30329 says:

    Thad Mayfield loses. Anyone know how this happened?

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