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: www.dekalbvotes.com under “Current Election Information.” The office is currently accepting absentee by mail applications. Application forms are also available on the DeKalb County website.
PRECINCT VOTING ON ELECTION DAY, JULY 22 >>
To find your polling place for JULY 22 and see your sample ballot, go to My Voter Page at www.sos.state.ga.us. Applications and other information may be obtained at the website www.dekalbvotes.com 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. 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):
Read the next few posts to learn more about the candidates in each district.