Also on the ballot are the controversial penny sales tax for transportation – T-SPLOST – and a referendum on the DeKalb School Board allowing cell phone towers on school property.
The early polls – now limited by Georgia law to the three weeks before election week – open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays through July 27. Voters also will be able to cast ballots on Saturday, July 14 and 21, but only at the DeKalb Elections Office, 4380 Memorial Drive in Decatur.
The early polls will close the Saturday and Monday before the July 31 elections.
Additional voting precincts will open July 23 at Community Achievement Center, 4522 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur; Clark Harrison Building, 330 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur; New Bethel AME Church, 8350 Rockbridge Road, Stone Mountain; Tucker Recreation Center, 4898 LaVista Road, Tucker; and Chamblee City Hall, 5468 Peachtree Road, Atlanta.
When early voting closes, voters can only cast ballots at their assigned precincts.
Last week, registered voters began receiving their voter registration cards in the mail listing their precinct name and voting districts for Congress, the Georgia House and Senate, School Board, and referendums.
DeKalb Elections Supervisor Maxine Daniels said the cards are for information only. The deadline to correct address and name changes for the July 31 elections is July 2. Voters are not required to take the card to their polling stations.
Voters also can locate their precinct and other information at www.dekalbvotes.com and at the My Voter Page at http://mvp.sos.state.ga.us/.
Because of a number of precinct changes since the 2010 elections, Daniels said that it is important for voters to check their voting location before July 31.
She said that a number of precincts changed because of school closures and because some churches no longer wanted to host precincts.
To vote early or on election day, voters must have one of six acceptable forms of identification. They are Georgia drivers license, which can be expired; state or federal photo ID; a valid U.S. passport; valid governmental employee ID; U.S. military photo ID; or tribal photo ID.