Early voting in Clarkston special election starts on Feb. 22

Clarkston City Hall. Photo by Dean Hesse.

This story has been updated. 

Clarkston, GA — Early voting in the special election to fill a vacant Clarkston City Council seat will begin on Feb. 22.

Early voting will conclude on March 12. Election Day is March 16.

The seat was previously held by Yterenickia “YT” Bell.

The candidates in this election are:

– Mark W. Perkins, nonprofit consultant

– Dean Moore, campus engineer

– Shana “Tiny” McAllister, small business owner

“Clarkston residents interested in voting in this upcoming Special Election have until Feb. 16 to complete their voter registration documents,” said DeKalb VRE Director Erica Hamilton. “If you plan on voting by absentee ballots, we are urging voters to make those requests as soon as possible. All absentee ballots must be returned to a drop box or at the DeKalb VRE Office on Memorial Drive by 7 p.m. on Election Day.”

DeKalb VRE leaders also are encouraging voters opting to vote in person to practice social distancing and wear a mask to the polling locations.

“For your safety and ours, we strongly recommend voters follow CDC’s guidelines while in public,” said Hamilton. “We will actively clean polling machines and hard surfaces at all of our precincts but ask the community to also remain vigilant in helping us combat this pandemic while exercising their right to vote.”

Advance Voting Information

DeKalb VRE will provide Advance Voting at its office located at 4380 Memorial Drive in Decatur, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Advance Voting Location and Times

DeKalb Voter Registration & Elections Office, 4380 Memorial Dr., Decatur, GA 30032

Advance Voting Days: Feb. 22 – March 12, Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Drop Box Locations

City of Clarkston voters have five drop boxes that are available for absentee ballots. All drop box locations are under 24/7 surveillance.

– Clarkson City Hall (1 drop box), 3912 Church Street, Clarkson, GA 30021

– Clarkston Library (1 drop box), 951 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021

– DeKalb Voter Registration & Elections Office (3 drop boxes), 4380 Memorial Dr., Decatur, GA 30032

Processing of Absentee Ballots

DeKalb VRE will begin opening absentee ballots on March 3, 2021 at 10:30am and will begin scanning absentee ballots on March 8, 2021. Both the opening and scanning of absentee ballots will take place at DeKalb VRE’s main office located at 4380 Memorial Drive in Decatur.

Election Day Information

The Special Election will be held on March 16 for City of Clarkston voters. To verify Election Day polling locations, visit www.DeKalbVotes.com. Polls are open 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Election Day.

For more information, call 404-298-4020 or visit www.DeKalbVotes.com.

There will not be a runoff in this election.

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