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Add Chamble Civic Center and Tucker Rec. Center as Early Voting Locations

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Dear DeKalb Board of Registrations and Elections:

We understand from your April 24, 2017 meeting that you will be voting on May 11, 2017 regarding the request to add Early Voting locations for the June 20, 2017 runoff for the Congressional Seat in the Sixth District.

For the Special Election for the Congressional Seat in the Sixth District there were no early voting locations in Chamblee or Tucker.

We need to adequately serve 100,000 DeKalb early voters who want to exercise their constitutional right and civic duty in the June 20, 2017 runoff.

We can do this by enacting the following changes:

Open Chamblee Civic Center Early Voting location on May 30, 2017

Open Tucker Recreation Center Early Voting location on May 30, 2017

Keep polls open: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Keep Early Voting locations open on Saturdays

Our community leaders have spoken with Tucker Recreation Center Director William Smith about using Tucker Recreation Center as an early voting location.

Director Smith said that there is no problem setting up the facility for Early Voting 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tucker Recreation Center would best serve the voters of all 13 precincts of the Sixth District east of I-85: Tucker Library, Tucker, Pleasantdale, Livesy Elementary, Embry Hills, Evansdale, Midvale Road, Midvale Elementary, Henderson Mill Elementary, Warren Tech, Hawthorne Elementary, Lakeside High School, and Briarlake Elementary.

This is nearly a third of the 42 DeKalb precincts in the Sixth District, home to 36,806 voters in the Southeast corner of the Sixth, according to Board of Elections data.

Many voters will be on vacation June 20, 2017 and will want and need to vote in advance.

Sitting several miles outside the Sixth District, the Memorial Drive early voting site is inconvenient for DeKalb's Sixth District under the best of circumstances.

Following the collapse of the I-85 bridge, traffic has become a nightmare. That's why it's especially important to have expanded hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday hours in addition to two additional sites.

Therefore, we respectfully request that you add Chamblee Civic Center and Tucker Recreation Center with Early Voting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and Saturday voting as well.


The undersigned DeKalb County residents

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