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COVEReport – September 24, 2014

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Cityhood Edition 2014/2015

Citizens of Victoria Estates may have a decision to make in 2015 concerning cityhood. Proposed city of Briarcliff/Lakeside boundaries may include our neighborhood, be approved by the state legislature, and result in an individual choice at the ballot. Annexation into the city of Atlanta is also a consideration. Initiatives have till November 15 to make a decision on boundaries. Alternatively, Victoria Estates could be left as an unincorporated island, with future annexation a consideration. Please check out the following articles to stay informed.

Cityhood Round 2!

By Ron McCauley, COVE board member – September 25, 2014

Yes neighbors, we get to face this again. The COVE board views this as an extremely important issue and we’ve been monitoring it closely. We consider it vital that Victoria Estates residents be informed. There has been movement on multiple fronts.

City of Lakeside: Lakeside hasn’t gone away. The Lakeside City Alliance has reorganized and is now calling itself “LakesideYES”. Its website link: http://lakesideyes.nationbuilder.com/. It’s currently using the map that was created by Representative Mike Jacobs near the end of the last legislative session. It says that this isn’t the final map and that discussions are still occurring.

City of Briarcliff: The Briarcliff organization still exists, but it’s nearly silent publicly.

Lakeside and Briarcliff: There have been multiple statements in multiple forums stating that the two groups are working together to resolve their differences and to create a compromise map. Thus far, there hasn’t been anything substantive released about their progress in doing so.

Druid Hills, Lakeside map, and annexation by Atlanta: There is strong sentiment among many in the Druid Hills neighborhood to move some key municipal services away from DeKalb County; principally, Zoning and Schools. Druid Hills has lost some significant battles with the county recently and they are quite active in seeking another solution. LakesideYES has released a statement that it won’t consider putting Druid Hills in its map.

Letter to DHCA Board from LakesideYES

Therefore, Druid Hills is actively exploring the possibility of being annexed by the City of Atlanta. The Druid Hills Civic Association has pledged to have a decision on annexation by Thanksgiving 2014.

There is a movement that is calling itself the Atlanta Annexation Initiative (AAI.) Their purpose is to pursue Atlanta annexation. Discussion and meetings are ongoing and COVE board members have continued to monitor and attend meetings.

Victoria Estates: From a cityhood perspective, we could be considered a small boat cast adrift. We are not included in the current Lakeside map, nor are we part of the Atlanta annexation discussions. The map below exhibits the city boundaries that would exist should Lakeside and AAI both come to fruition. As you’ll see, these movements may leave us as part of a small section of unincorporated DeKalb. Opinions vary on whether this would be a concern. However, if we are to become active in discussions and advocate for a specific path it’s vital that we do so soon.

The Cove board is coordinating and will be scheduling neighborhood meetings with City of Atlanta, Lakeside/Briarcliff, and DeKalb County to inform residents of status and issues. Meeting dates and locations are to be announced.

Potential city boundary map near VE (approximate)

Cityhood map

Effect on pocketbooks if we should become part of Atlanta

Druid Hills released a detailed study on the net change to cost of home ownership. It compared current costs in unincorporated DeKalb to costs in Atlanta within DeKalb County. Its conclusion: the significant tax increase is more a matter of perception than reality. The table below summarizes findings.

Appraised ValueUninc DeKalbAtlanta in DeKalbAnnual Increase
$   300,000$   3,688$   3,741$     53
$   400,000$   5,045$   5,331$   286
$   500,000$   6,402$   6,920$   518
$   600,000$   7,759$   8,508$   750
$   800,000$ 10,472$ 11,687$ 1,215
$ 1,000,000$ 13,186$ 14,866$ 1,680

 

Notes:

  1. Water and Sewer fees are billed separately. City of Atlanta states that DeKalb will continue to provide water and sewer service. Rates will be assessed and billed by DeKalb.
  2. Sanitation Fees: Annual rate in Atlanta is currently $321 higher.
  3. Atlanta doesn’t assess fees for street lights ($25), speed humps ($25) and storm water ($48). Effect would be a $98 annual decrease.
  4. According to these figures: for a home with an appraised value of $500,000 the total annual cost increase is projected to be $741.

Click here for the comparison: ATL v Dek 2014 Comparison3

Click here for meeting notes: Atlanta annexation meeting notes (2)

Regardless of the final details, it’s clear that change is coming. We’ll continue to monitor and report as these movements progress.

Mason Mill Cityhood Update

By Mary Hinkel, Mason Mill Civic Association president – September 4, 2014

As you may know, the three proposed cities of Briarcliff, Lakeside and Tucker have been given until November 15 to agree on boundaries. (See below for a recent AJC online release explaining these developments.)

Last year, parts of our neighborhood were included in the maps for Briarcliff and Lakeside.

  • All residents of Mason Mill, Mason Woods, Vistavia, McConnell and Houston Mill were included in the City of Briarcliff map.
  • The City of Lakeside map included only the northern side of Mason Mill (outside of Victoria Estate), the northern end of Houston Mill (between LaVista and Mason Mill) , all of Mason Woods, the northern end of Vistavia — think Thomson Park side for all of these — and all of McConnell.

We do not know what to expect this year. Will we be drawn into a new city, or not?

While we all would have the option of voting “no” in a 2015 referendum, if the Legislature decided to hold one, the decision will be determined by a majority of those showing up to vote on the issue.

As a further complication, our neighborhood has been invited into a broader conversation with surrounding neighborhoods about possible annexation into the City of Atlanta. This discussion is being led by a Druid Hills Civic Association task force.

The availability of each of these options and the timing for decision making is not known at this time, but the possibility of maintaining the status quo – being part of an unincorporated DeKalb County – appears to be diminishing.

We are working with Victoria Estates (and perhaps Merry Hills, etc.) to host future educational sessions for our residents concerning all of our options. Most likely, we will need to survey our residents this fall, to determine whether we proactively pursue a particular action or not.

Until that time, I encourage each of you to spend time reading the websites of the neighborhood associations listed below, as well as any current postings from the proposed cities, to learn more about each of these options. The neighborhood websites also have information about what an Atlanta annexation might mean.

For further discussion of the City of Atlanta option (including a way to calculate how your Property Taxes might compare with Unincorporated DeKalb), see this document:

In case you were wondering… Emory University is currently weighing the possibility of being annexed by Atlanta. Emory has stated that they do not want to be a part of a City of Briarcliff or Lakeside, mainly because they do not want their campus divided between jurisdictions.

Further, according to the Lindbergh Lavista website, Emory is interested in a transportation plan that will include the Clifton Corridor Transit Line, and they feel that with Atlanta’s recent grant from the Federal Transit Administration for the Atlanta Street Car, financing for the Clifton Corridor Line may come easier and more quickly with the City of Atlanta’s direct federal connections.

 

In summary, here are the questions we Mason Mill residents are currently facing, along with most of our nearby DeKalb neighbors:

  1. Do we want to be included in a city? (Note that even if our residents do not currently want to be included in the city options currently on the table, it is likely that we will be pulled into some future city. This year especially, we have heard very clearly that the legislature does not want to leave “islands” in-between city boundaries.)
  2. If we did need to affiliate, which city would we want to be included in? Options for discussion right now include a combined Lakeside / Briarcliff creation or Atlanta.

 

Proposed DeKalb cities instructed to decide borders

 

By Mark Niesse

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia representatives are giving three DeKalb cityhood movements until Nov. 15 to agree on boundaries. If they don’t, state lawmakers will do it for them.

Maps for the Briarcliff, Lakeside and Tucker communities must be decided before the end of the year, and those are the only boundaries that will be considered during the 2015 legislative session, according to instructions distributed Tuesday by the House Governmental Affairs Committee.

The current boundaries of the three areas overlap.

The guidelines are intended to resolve local border disputes before state lawmakers consider whether to authorize the creation of new cities, said Rep. Mike Jacobs, R-Brookhaven.

“The problem in the 2014 session was that we were locked in an intractable three-way tug of war over boundaries,” Jacobs said. “In order to avoid that same situation in the 2015 session, somebody has got to come to a decision.”

Committee Chairwoman Amy Carter, R-Valdosta, would appoint a panel of five House of Representatives members to draw city boundaries if the City of Briarcliff InitiativeLakeside Yesand Tucker 2015 can’t agree by Nov. 15. The instructions were developed by Jacobs and Rep. Tom Taylor, R-Dunwoody.

“This process … gives cityhood proponents in DeKalb County the best chance for successful passage of legislation that will allow new city proposals to go before the voters for consideration,” Carter said in a statement. “There is a need to bring order to this process, and the directions outlined to the stakeholders today will accomplish just that.”

Other potential cities in DeKalb County, such as Stonecrest and South DeKalb, could be considered during the normal legislative process, Jacobs said.

What Would Annexation into the City of Atlanta Mean for Our Schools?

Reported by meeting attendees Diane Benjamin and Mary Hinkel

This is a very complex issue to address and was the primary focus of discussion at the most recent Druid Hills-led annexation meeting.

Typically, school children in any annexed community enroll in the annexing entity’s school system.  Hence, moving into the City of Atlanta would mean students in our neighborhood attend City of Atlanta schools.

By law, capital assets within an annexed area also move into the city.  This means that DeKalb Schools could potentially lose Fernbank, Druid Hills HS and Briar Vista. Presumably, ownership of the Fernbank Science Center, which is owned by the DeKalb County School system, would also move to Atlanta Public Schools.

Thus, annexation into the City of Atlanta would break up the existing cluster of seven elementary schools and one middle school feeding into Druid Hills HS.  Conceptually, because the APS middle school on our side of town – Inman Middle School is currently crowded, we could see a conversion of Briar Vista and Fernbank Elementary Schools from K-5 to K-8. Also, since Druid Hills’s current enrollment of approximately 1800 students will decline without the additional students from the other five elementary schools and Druid Hills Middle School, it seems likely that APS would take advantage of the empty seats to at least partially relieve Grady High School.

Any idea that APS would pay DeKalb Public Schools to educate these students within the county school system is politically untenable, especially given the current rocky relationship the City of Atlanta and APS have due to funding issues relating to the Atlanta BeltLine.

The exact impact of annexation on the schools is purely speculation at this point, however, and is subject to negotiation only after the annexation vote.  That residents are even considering the Atlanta Public School system is evidence of the deep distrust of and dissatisfaction with the DeKalb County School system. The Atlanta Public School system, while far from perfect, has a new superintendent and a history of being receptive to parent and neighborhood-led charter school initiatives.

In the opinion of Marshall Orson, our area’s Board of Education member, the best scenario would be for the DeKalb Board of Education to agree to the creation of the Druid Hills Charter Cluster.  The cluster includes seven elementary schools (including our own Briar Vista), Druid Hills Middle School and Druid Hills High School and has the support of the parents and communities served by these schools.

The purpose of the Charter Cluster is to improve education in our schools by:

  • reducing class sizes,
  • refocusing the schools on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics), and
  • improving the authenticity of the current IB and Montessori programs.

(Please see the cluster’s Facebook page and website – www.druidhillschartercluster.org – for background on this charter effort.)

The Charter Cluster’s initial petition was denied on a 5 to 4 vote in late 2013.  This summer, the Charter Cluster re-filed its petition to clarify areas which the Board said were deficient.  By law, the DeKalb Board of Education must vote on the revised Charter Cluster petition, but has not yet done so.  Therefore, residents now have an opportunity to let the Board of Education know their feelings about the Charter Cluster before Board members vote again.

The existence of the Druid Hills Charter Cluster, as an independent legal entity operating under a contract with the State of Georgia and the School Board(s) would enable residents of the annexed area to live in the municipality of Atlanta, but have their children continue to attend the same schools we know and would also keep the Druid Hills HS feeder school system intact.

Additional notes re the formation of “new city” schools:

Both Representative Mary Margaret Oliver and Representative Howard Mosby have stated that, because of objections from rural Georgia, it is highly unlikely that the state constitution will be changed to permit the creation of any new school systems.

Many of the parents in our neighborhood working to change the DeKalb School system believe that the only way to improve the public schools now is either to persuade the school board to approve the Charter Cluster petition or to be annexed into the City of Atlanta.

CALL TO ACTION!!!

Marshall Orson suggested citizens write the following school board members (David Campbell, Karen W. Carter, and Dr. Michael A. Erwin) and the Superintendent (Michael L. Thurmond) to: express support for the Druid Hills Charter Cluster petition, seek their affirmative vote for the petition, and request their help in placing the petition on an upcoming agenda (it takes 5 votes to place this matter on the agenda). Once this vote is held, there is no further recourse for the Druid Hills Charter Cluster.

According to Marshall, the greatest risk to our children is that the Board doesn’t pass the petition. The Druid Hills Charter Cluster is the only way to keep our schools and students together and reduce the risks associated with the DeKalb system losing thousands of students in central DeKalb.  (Find additional points on the cluster’s Facebook page.)

All letters should be addressed to these individuals at the DeKalb County Board of Education, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain, GA  30083.  If you want to email these individuals, you can do so through the school board’s website, although Marshall thought written letters would be more effective.

michael_l_thurmond@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us

david_campbell@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us

karen_carter@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us

michael_erwin@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us

Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb County

Blueprint Meeting – September 30, 6:30pm

Maloof Auditorium, Decatur

A diverse group of neighborhood leaders, including VE’s Pat Killingsworth and Martha Pacini, has been working since February on recommendations to give guidance to the Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb County. The Blueprint is a framework for reform — it addresses: procurement process, ethics, transparency, and rebuilding trust in our county government. For more information, visit www.BlueprintDeKalb.org. 

DeKalb Citizens Group Calls for Reforms

Kathie Gannon, September 11, 2014

In the wake of swirling charges of corruption, a group of engaged DeKalb citizens is bringing forth recommendations to reform DeKalb County government. The diverse group of neighborhood leaders has been working since February to draft the Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb County. The Blueprint is a framework for reform – it addresses: procurement policies, ethics, inefficient operations and the stale political environment.   Today the Blueprints Leadership team called a public meeting and launched a website www.BlueprintsDeKalb.org

“The voices of citizens must be heard to change the direction of DeKalb County,” said Patricia Killingsworth, a member of the Blueprints Leadership Team. “We hope citizens from across DeKalb County – north, south, in cities or outside – will use this current crisis as an opportunity to press for meaningful reforms, and that our elected officials will engage and take their responsibility for promoting ethics and transparency in DeKalb County government seriously.”

“DeKalb needs comprehensive solutions that are as big as our problems,” said Gil Turman another member of the Blueprints Leadership Team. “Many levels of government must be involved and our business and private sector leaders must also press for change.”

 

www.BlueprintsDeKalb.org contains:

  • The original Blueprint showing the group’s principles
  • A progress report to the Operations Task Force
  • A survey to obtain feedback from the public
  • Draft position papers written by citizens

 

The position papers include recommendations to ensure more accountability, transparency and efficiency. Among the recommendations are:

  • An internal audit watchdog that reports to an independent body
  • Ethics reform, including removing Board of Ethics appointments from the CEO and Board of Commissioners
  • Greater transparency in purchasing, budgeting and operations to allow citizens to more carefully monitor County government
  • A straw poll to consider term limits and non-partisan elections

The Blueprints Leadership Team will review these reforms in a community meeting on September 30th at 6:30 PM in the Maloof Auditorium in Decatur. DeKalb citizens are urged to attend.

For more information contact BlueprintDekalb@gmail.com

Blueprints Leadership Team

Ted Daniel

DeKalb resident for 58 years; Community Council District 2   2003-Present (Chair); Leafmore Civic Association-Immediate Past President; Founding Member of Civic Association Network; Community Projects/Studies: Lavista Blueprints, Leafmore Infill Overlay District, Toco Hills Community Alliance, North Druid Hills Corridor Study, DeKalb Traffic Plan,   Zoning Code, Mason Mill Park Master Plan, Oak Groove Festival, Embrace Our Green Space Race

Jana Johnson

20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry Customer Service Supervisor. Owner and founder of an event management company; coordinating and organizing events as well as giving presentations, facilitating workshops, seminars and meetings. Graduate of Leadership DeKalb; Currently on the Board of Directors for I CARE, a non-profit that provides transportation for seniors to their medical appointments, Pride Rings in Stone Mountain (PRISM), the DeKalb County Planning Commission and the DeKalb County Juvenile Court Citizen Review Panel. Past member of the DeKalb County District 4 Community Council. Currently pursuing her Masters in Biblical Counseling.

Robert Glover

Worked for a major telecommunication company for over 30 years leading project teams in developing and implementing new products and services. DeKalb resident for over 25 years. Serves on the DeKalb Board of Equalization hearing real and personal property appeal cases. BoE Chair or Vice Chair for 7 of the 15 years on the board. Served as Vice Chair of Operations for the SCORE (Service Core of Retired Executives) Downtown Atlanta office. Guided entrepreneurs and business owners how to enhance their business, develop a business plan, and how to secure a Small Business Administration (SBA) Loan. Acquired a Paralegal Certificate in 2008 from Kennesaw State University worked part time for a law firm. Presently serving as a Trustee and Financial Secretary for his church preparing financial reports in accordance with GAAP (General Acceptance Accounting Principles) for Non-profits.

Patricia Killingsworth

Attorney and former Chief Judge of the State Board of Workers` Compensation, Member DeKalb County Board of Ethics 1998-2008 and Chair from 2002-2004, Graduate of Leadership DeKalb. Served on the boards of directors of Leadership DeKalb, Youth Leadership DeKalb, Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde, and the governance council of Chamblee Charter High School.  A recipient of the Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service, presented by the Georgia Bar Association. Adjunct professor at Georgia State College of Law. Currently serving on the board of directors of Citizens of Victoria Estates. Resident of DeKalb County for the past 30 years.

Beth Nathan

Electronics and information science professional; small business owner; retired. Past state president League of Women Voters; legislative lobbying; legislative aide; past citizen adjunct Georgia Information Technology Policy Council; member DeKalb Future Funding Commission which established priorities for the 2006 Bond Referendum; member DeKalb Parks Bond Greenspace Advisory Committee, member Recreation, Parks  and Cultural Affairs Citizens Advisory Board; past president North Briarcliff Civic Assn; Chair, Friends of Mary Scott Nature Park; leadership team member Civic Association Network; election pollworker for 10 years.

Brenda Pace

State License Navigator for the Affordable Health Care Act. Former Branch Manager/Officer of Bank South,  Assistant Project Manager for Wegman & Associates and Community Outreach for DeKalb County’s Office Of Neighborhood Empowerment. Active in the community for 25 years in the South DeKalb area. Founding board member in 2002 of East Lake Terrace Association & President for 5 years until December, 2013; Past Member of Georgia Sustainable Community Alliance; Assisted with providing guidance that led to the complete re-write of the Code Enforcement Regulations; Serves on the following committees/boards: Habitat of America for DeKalb, Co-Chaired – The Mapp Foundation/Board of Health and currently on the DeKalb Advisory Committee on Code Enforcement.

Martha Pacini

30 years executive in communications, marketing, community, public affairs and civic engagement programs, most recently with Silverman Construction Program Management. Board member for CHRIS Kids, founding member of the Citizens of Victoria Estates, serves on Clifton Community Partnership and the Civic Association Network.  Member of the Leadership DeKalb class of 2015. Business affiliate of the Council of the Great City Schools, an organization comprised of the 60 largest urban school systems in the country.

Calvin Sims

Served as legislative representative for the Amalgamated Transit Union AFL-CIO (MARTA) from 1980-2009. 39 years of community service in DeKalb County, beginning as president of the Gresham Park Community Association in 1975. Founder and board chair of the Chapman’s Mill/Redan Park Community Development Corporation. Recipient of the Community Champion Award for 30 years of community service in DeKalb, and presented a proclamation from DeKalb County Government. Recipient of the DeKalb NAACP Charles C. Albert Award for his work in economic development. Earned an MPA with major research on “The Fiscal Affects of Metropolitan Fragmentation”.

Gil Turman

Retired Area Director and Principal of three DeKalb County High Schools; 35 year resident of DeKalb; Founder, and current president of South DeKalb Neighborhood Coalition; successfully sued to forced the closure of the Live Oak Landfill, an environmental and health hazard; reconstituted an inactive homeowners association; provided guidance that led to the complete re-write of the Code Enforcement Regulations; chairman of DeKalb Advisory Committee on Code Enforcement; coached on the first all-black high school football team to win a state championship.

Dan Wright

Licensed PE serving as the lead design manager with MARTA on a number of projects; current member of the Board of Zoning Appeals, Past President of the Friends of Kittredge Park which has been instrumental in the redevelopment and expansion of the park through volunteer in-kind work, fundraising and interaction with County contractors; additional community work involves serving as a Condo Association Board Member, participation in the development of an LCI Plan and Tax Allocation District for North Druid Hills

CDC Environmental Impact Statement Final

By Martha Pacini, September 6, 2004

The CDC has published its final environmental impact statement, and the preferred alternative remains adding a 350,000-450,000 square foot laboratory, a 1600-car parking deck (which results in a net addition of 1200 spaces), a major renovation to an existing building on the campus and a variety of infrastructure improvements (new chilled water plant, detention pond modifications, etc.).  Our comments are included in Appendix B, page 189.  I have downloaded a copy of the report and appendices from the website.  Below are the links they sent. We should continue to advocate for a transportation solution that will take some cars off of Houston Mill Road.

Statement:

Volume I Final EIS CDC Roybal Campus 2025 Master Plan 2

Volume 2 Appendix

Mason Mill Joins Nextdoor.com

Mason Mill has joined Nextdoor.com and creating its own virtual neighborhood. This is replacing their current Google community. Other communications to their neighborhood will continue to be distributed via email. Several conversations have already occurred between members of our two communities concerning cityhood and road issues.

Global Health Action Property – 1902 Clairmont Rd.

A pre-submittal community meeting was held to discuss the proposed acquisition and intended use of the property located at 1902 Clairmont Road Decatur, GA 30033.

The intended use would be for a Goddard Preschool. Goddard is a private preschool. Goddard would continue to abide by the zoning dictate regarding “no right turns onto McConnell when exiting the property” – so that all entering and exiting traffic to Global Health/Goddard School will continue to be accessed off of Clairmont Road.

One of Goddard’s characteristics is NO rolling drop off of students. Goddard requires that each parent walk their child into class every day. There is no pre-set start or end time of classes, so long lines of cars waiting for kids do not occur at the building.
Friends of Thomson Park

The Friends of Thomson Park group is gearing up for the next year of restoration and revitalization work in the park. Tentative autumn work dates are October 11, November 15, and either December 6 or 13th for 9am – 12noon. The park has come a long way over the past several years, thanks to regular volunteer efforts from neighbors and other park lovers.

Lavista/Houston Mill Road Intersection

The county has eliminated the dedicated right turn lane off Houston Mill onto LaVista – it is no longer dedicated or protected. If you are turning right from Houston Mill, beware that there is no longer a safe lane to turn right into. COVE and MMCA will be reaching out to appropriate authorities to determine if this is the final design for the intersection, and if so, advocate for a safer option.

Conversation with a Cop, Monday, September 29, 2014

Briarcliff United Methodist Church
4150 Briarcliff Road
6:30pm

In order to better serve and protect citizens, DeKalb County Police Department North Central Precinct is conducting ongoing Community Conversations with residents of the county. We invite all who live, work, and play in DeKalb to attend. Meet and greet, questions and answers with Precinct

Command Staff.

September discussion topic Sexual Assault
For more information call or email:
DKPD, North Central Precinct
1960 W. Exchange Place
Al Fowler, PES…770‐724‐7616
alfowler@dekalbcountyga.gov

Sunday Voting Approved, Early Voting Starts Oct 13

The DeKalb County Board of Registration & Elections has approved early voting locations in DeKalb County for the upcoming General and Special Elections.

Nearby in-person early voting for the Nov. 4 election is available at:

Central DeKalb: Voter Registration & Elections Office
Two Areas — One Exclusively for Senior and Disabled Voters
4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur, GA
Monday through Friday, October 13 – 31, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Saturday, October 25, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, October 26, 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM

Decatur
Clark Harrison Building
330 W. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, GA
Monday through Friday, October 27 – 31, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Voters who do not take advantage of Early Voting must go to their polling places on Tuesday, Nov. 4 to cast their ballots. All early and absentee voting will end on Friday, Oct. 31.

If you have yet to register, you can do so by clicking here. The deadline is Monday, October 6.

To find your polling place 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.

DeKalb House Delegation Pre-Session Town Hall Meetings, Oct 13, Oct 21, Oct 28 – 7pm

These are public meetings for you to air any concerns you would like to bring to the attention of the State Representatives and Senators who represent parts of DeKalb County.

  • October 13th (7-9 pm) at Brookhaven City Hall (4362 Peachtree Road, Brookhaven, GA 30319)
  • October 21st (7-9 PM) at the Maloof Auditorium (1300 Commerce Dr (Trinity Pl), Decatur, GA 3003)
  • October 28th (7-9 PM) at the Porter Sanford Center (3181 Rainbow Dr. Decatur, GA 30034)