Fulton County Early Voting Sites For the Runoff

Fulton County Early Voting Sites For the Runoff

Fulton County will have one week of early voting for the runoff for Secretary of State and Public Service Commissioner. Election Day will be December 4.
Click here for the official list from Fulton County Board of Elections.

Hours: Monday, November 26 – Friday, November 30, 8:30 am – 7:00 pm

Click here for an interactive map of all locations.

Locations

North Fulton
Alpharetta Branch Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta GA 30009
Robert F. Fulton Ocee Library, 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek GA 30005
Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Milton GA 30009
East Roswell Branch Library, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell GA 30076
North Fulton Service Center (Room 232), 7741 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs GA 30350

Mid-Fulton
Buckhead Library, 269 Buckhead Ave NE, Atlanta GA 30305
Fulton County Government Center, 130 Peachtree Street, SW, Atlanta GA 30303
Chastain Park Recreation Center, 140 W.Wieuca Road NW, Atlanta GA 30342
Ponce De Leon Library, 980 Ponce De Leon Ave, NE, Atlanta GA 30306

South Fulton
C.T. Martin Natatorium Recreation Center, 3201 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Atlanta GA 30311
Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road., SW, Atlanta GA 30331
Wolf Creek Library, 3100 Enon Road, Atlanta GA 30331
College Park Library, 3647 Main Street, College Park GA 30337
South Fulton Service Center, 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, College Park GA 30349
Welcome All Recreation Center, 4255 Will Lee Road, College Park GA 30349

 

 

If you have any questions or run into any issues while voting, call the Democratic Party of Georgia’s voter protection hotline at 888-730-5816.

Recommendations for Proposed Constitutional Amendments and Referenda

Recommendations for Proposed Constitutional Amendments and Referenda

When you look at your ballot for the November 6th election, you’ll see five constitutional amendment options, two statewide referenda, a Fulton county referendum, and possibly a city referendum or two. Below, you can find plain-language explanations, plus recommended voting suggestions. This information is meant to be used as an informational guide; we encourage all voters to make informed decisions and vote how they individually choose.

Click here for a printable pdf of in-depth recommendations and explanations from Stacey Abrams and the Democratic Party of Georgia.

See below for a shorter version that includes Fulton County initiatives.

 

Amendment 1: Create Georgia Outdoor Stewardship to Protect Water, Wildlife, and Parks

How it will look on your ballot: Without increasing the current state sales tax rate, shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to create the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund to conserve lands that protect drinking water sources and the water quality of rivers, lakes, and streams; to protect and conserve forests, fish, wildlife habitats, and state and local parks; and to provide opportunities for our children and families to play and enjoy the outdoors, by dedicating, subject to full public disclosure, up to 80 percent of the existing sales tax collected by sporting goods stores to such purposes without increasing the current state sales tax rate?
Recommendation from Stacey Abrams and the Democratic Party of Georgia: Vote Yes.
Additional note from the Fulton County Dems: This amendment allows the General Assembly the ability to allocate funds, but it does not REQUIRE them to.

 

Amendment 2: Creates a State-wide Business Court

How it will look on your ballot: Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to create a state-wide business court, authorize superior court business court divisions, and allow for the appointment process for state-wide business court judges in order to lower costs, improve the efficiency of all courts, and promote predictability of judicial outcomes in certain complex business disputes for the benefit of all citizens of this state?
Recommendation from Stacey Abrams and the Democratic Party of Georgia: Vote Yes.
Additional note from the Fulton County Dems: Many including Abrams consider this to be a good Amendment to speed up business decisions and relieve the present system. The opposition sees at least 2 reasons against:
The first is that the judges are appointed (makes sense for a ‘specialized’ court for expertise). This is the first instance of appointed rather than elected judges.
The second is the concern that it would be used to further the interests of business, especially against workers and unions.

 

Amendment 3:  Encourages Conservation and Sustainability for Georgia Working Forests

How it will look on your ballotShall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to revise provisions related to the subclassification for tax purposes of and the prescribed methodology for establishing the value of forest land conservation use property and related assistance grants, to provide that assistance grants related to forest land conservation use property may be increased by general law for a five-year period and that up to 5 percent of assistance grants may be deducted and retained by the state revenue commissioner to provide for certain state administrative costs, and to provide for the subclassification of qualified timberland property for ad valorem taxation purposes?

Recommendation from Stacey Abrams and the Democratic Party of Georgia: Vote Yes.
Additional note from the Fulton County Dems: Georgia’s forestry economy depends on the ability to sustain the ‘growing season’ for these ‘farmers’.

 

Amendment 4: Marsy’s Law Rights to Victims for ‘allegedly’ been perpetrated

How it will look on your ballotShall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide certain rights to victims against whom a crime has allegedly been perpetrated and allow victims to assert such rights?

Recommendation from Stacey Abrams and the Democratic Party of Georgia: Vote Yes.
Additional note from the Fulton County Dems: The criticism for those voting no is that this is already in the laws of Georgia and it infringes on the rights of those accused. The justification is mainly to protect women whose rights are often ignored vs. a ‘known’ abuser who will not be denied.

 

Amendment 5: Authorizes the Fair Allocation of Tax Proceeds To County and City School Systems

How it will look on your ballot: Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to authorize a referendum for a sales and use tax for education by a county school district or an independent school district or districts within the county having a majority of the students enrolled within the county and to provide that the proceeds are distributed on a per student basis among all the school systems unless an agreement is reached among such school systems for a different distribution?

Recommendation from Stacey Abrams and the Democratic Party of Georgia: Vote Yes.
Additional note from the Fulton County Dems: Allows a larger school to move forward with an E-SPLOST without a smaller system within the same county. It does take some negotiating power away from the smaller systems.

 

Statewide Referendum Questions:

  1. Impose a property tax cap for the City of Atlanta

How it will look on your ballot:Do you approve a new homestead exemption in a municipal corporation that is located in more than one county, that levies a sales tax for the purposes of a metropolitan area system of public transportation, and that has within its boundaries an independent school system, from ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes in the amount of the difference between the current year assessed value of a home and the adjusted base year value, provided that the lowest base year value will be adjusted yearly by 2.6 percent?

Recommendation from Stacey Abrams and the Democratic Party of Georgia: Vote Yes.

  1. Allows for a property tax exemption on homes for the mentally disabled

How it will look on your ballot: Shall the Act be approved which provides an exemption from ad valorem taxes on nonprofit homes for the mentally disabled if they include business corporations in the ownership structure for financing purposes?

Recommendation from Stacey Abrams and the Democratic Party of Georgia: Vote Yes.

Fulton County Referenda

1. Vote to repeal the amendment that prohibits Fulton County from levying any taxes on industrial districts to fund education

How it will look on your ballot: Shall the Act be approved which repeals the amendment to the Constitution of Georgia creating within Fulton County the Fulton County Industrial District and prohibiting the governing authority of Fulton County from levying any tax for educational purposes within the boundaries of an independent school system?

Recommendation from Fulton County Dems: Vote Yes

2. Homestead exemption Ad Valorem Tax

How it will look on your ballot: Shall the Act be approved which provides a homestead exemption from Fulton County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in the amount of $50,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for residents of that county who are older than 65 years of age?

Recommendation from Fulton County Dems: None

3. Homestead Exemption Property Tax

How it will look on your ballotShall the Act be approved which provides a homestead exemption from Fulton County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in the amount of $50,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for residents of that county who are older than 65 years of age?

Recommendation from Fulton County Dems: None

You might also see city questions about taxes or Sunday Alcohol Sales. The Fulton County Dems recommend voting yes on all Sunday Alcohol Sales referenda.

Ready to vote? Click here to find your nearest early voting location and times of operation.

Fulton County Early Voting Sites Announced

Fulton County Early Voting Sites Announced

Fulton County will have three weeks of early voting for the Midterm elections, including two Saturdays and two Sundays. There will also be a variety of “voting outreach” centers (see bottom of this post) open at senior centers and colleges throughout the county where any Fulton County registered voter can cast a ballot.
Click here for the official list from Fulton County Board of Elections.

Early voting will run from Monday, October 15 till Friday, November 2.

Hours: October 15 – October 27, 8:30 am – 7:00 pm
October 29 – Friday, November 2, 7:00 am. – 7:00 pm.

SATURDAY VOTING: October 20 and October 27, 8:30 am – 7:00 pm
SUNDAY VOTING: October 21 and October 28, noon – 5:00 pm

Click here for an interactive map of all locations.

Locations

North Fulton
Alpharetta Branch Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta GA 30009
Johns Creek Environmental Campus, 8100 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta GA 30022
Robert F. Fulton Ocee Library, 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek GA 30005
Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Milton GA 30009
East Roswell Branch Library, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell GA 30076
North Fulton Service Center (Room 232), 7741 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs GA 30350

Mid-Fulton
Adams Park Library, 2231 Campbellton Rd SW, Atlanta GA 30311
Buckhead Library, 269 Buckhead Ave NE, Atlanta GA 30305
Fulton County Government Center, 130 Peachtree Street, SW, Atlanta GA 30303
Northwest Branch at Scotts Crossing Library, 2489 Perry Boulevard NW, Atlanta GA 30318
Northside Library, 3295 Northside Parkway, NW, Atlanta GA 30327
Chastain Park Recreation Center, 140 W.Wieuca Road NW, Atlanta GA 30342
Ponce De Leon Library, 980 Ponce De Leon Ave, NE, Atlanta GA 30306

South Fulton
C.T. Martin Natatorium Recreation Center, 3201 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Atlanta GA 30311
Southeast Atlanta Library, 1463 Pryor Road, Atlanta GA 30315
Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road., SW, Atlanta GA 30331
Wolf Creek Library, 3100 Enon Road, Atlanta GA 30331
College Park Library, 3647 Main Street, College Park GA 30337
South Fulton Service Center, 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, College Park GA 30349
Welcome All Recreation Center, 4255 Will Lee Road, College Park GA 30349

In addition to 20 early voting locations, Fulton County will also offer special “voter outreach” locations throughout the early voting period to reach seniors and students in locations that are more convenient to them. These special early voting locations will only be open for two days each, and are only for individuals who are registered in Fulton County.

Senior and Neighborhood Centers

H.J. C. Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility
2885 Church Street
East Point, GA 30344
Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multi-Purpose Facility
6500 Vernon Woods Dr. NE
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Saturday, October 20, 8:30 am 4:00 pm, and Sunday, October 21, noon – 5:00 pm

Helene S. Mills Senior Multi-Purpose Facility
515.John Wesley Dobbs, Ave., NE
Atlanta, GA 30312
Saturday, October 27, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm and Sunday, October 28, noon – 5:00 pm

Quality Living Services
Senior Facility
4001 Danforth Road, SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
Saturday, October 20, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm and Sunday, October 21, noon – 5:00 pm

Park Place at Newtown School
Johns Creek Active Senior Center
3125 Old Alabama Road
Johns Creek, GA 30022
Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Roswell Neighborhood Senior Center
1250 Warsaw Rd
Roswell, GA 30016
Saturday, October 20, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm and Sunday, October 21, noon – 5:00 pm

New Horizon Neighborhood Senior Center
745 Orr Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30314
Thursday, November 1 and Friday, November 2, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Harriet G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility
677 Fairburn Road, NW
Atlanta, GA 30331
Tuesday, October, 16 and Wednesday, October 17, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

State Universities

Georgia Institute of Technology
Ferst Center
349 Ferst Drive,
Atlanta, GA 30332
Thursday, October 18 and Friday, October 19, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Georgia State University
Veterans Memorial Hall in Dahlberg Hall
30 Courtland Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
Tuesday, October 23 and Wednesday, October, 24, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Edwin A. Thompson, Sr. Student Activity Center
Building 800
Conference Room A
1630 Metropolitan Parkway, SW
Atlanta, GA 30310
Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26, 2018, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

If you have any questions or run into any issues while voting, call the Democratic Party of Georgia’s voter protection hotline at 888-730-5816.

Anyone Can Vote by Mail in Georgia – Here’s How

Anyone Can Vote by Mail in Georgia – Here’s How

Did you know that anybody can vote by mail in Georgia? You don’t need a reason, but you do need to fill out a form to request a ballot.

  1. Make sure that your voter registration is correct. You can check your status and registered address at the My Voter Page. If you need to make changes, you can quickly make updates online.
  2. Download this form from the Secretary of State’s website. Complete the form in full, including your signature at the bottom. You don’t need to include your Driver’s License number, although it could help your application be processed quicker.
  3. Mail your application to Fulton County Registrar at 130 PEACHTREE STREET 2186 SW, ATLANTA, GA 30303-3460. The Democratic Party of Georgia recommends you get your application in the mail by Friday, October 26. You can check when your application is received on your My Voter Page.
  4. You will receive an absentee ballot in the mail, along with instructions and a return envelope. (The county registrars will begin mailing them out in mid-September). Once you receive your ballot, complete it, making sure to put your address and date of birth on the outer envelope where indicated, and don’t forget to sign your ballot. When you mail your ballot back to your county registrar (address above), make sure to use two stamps. You can check to see when your ballot is received on your My Voter Page. Ballots must be received by November 6, 2018 in order to be counted.

FAQ

Check out the Democratic Party of Georgia’s FAQ here.

Is voting by mail secure? Yes! You can track your ballot’s progress on your My Voter Page. You’ll see the date your ballot was mailed to you, the date it was received by the county registrar, and the date it was counted. The DPG also has a full-time Voter Protection Director who will have representatives on-site to watch ballot counts on election day (plus a team of lawyers to respond to any issues that may arise!).

What if I check My Voter Page and I don’t see my ballot received by the registrar? If your ballot hasn’t been received by the last day of early voting, call the county registrar (Fulton County: (404) 612-3816) and ask that they cancel your ballot, then go vote in person.

I’m not sure that my ballot will arrive at the registrar’s office by election day! What do I do? You can hand your ballot into the registrar yourself.

Why should I vote absentee? It’s an easy and verifiable form of voting. Plus, if any issues arise with your registration or ballot in the process of voting, the DPG will be able to help correct the issues so that your vote will still count by election day.

What if I have more questions? Call the Democratic Party of Georgia’s Voter Protection Hotline at 888-730-5816. They’re here to help, no matter how small your question may seem!

Congratulations to Our 2018 State Convention Delegates!

Last night the Fulton County Democratic party met to elect our representatives for the upcoming Democratic Party of Georgia State Convention. The convention will be held at the Omni Hotel at the CNN Center on August 25th. Anyone wishing to attend can purchase a ticket here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/2018con

A total of 44 delegates and 22 alternates were elected by caucus. Congrats to:

 

Delegates

John Adams

John Alderman Maria Banjo
Joe Binns Ernest Boston James Brown
Victoria Cain Sean Calahan TC Carr
Michael Carson Damita Chatman Chelsea Clements
Vickie Crockett Jason Dozier Erin Elwood
Annetta Fisher Brenda Floyd Heather Gianndrea
Amy Glover-Giusto Brandon Goldberg Adam Goldstein
Jordan Hadley Chanel Haley James Hervey
Lauren Higdon Robbie Huff Kenneth Joe
Katherine Bowling Jeff Kazanow Colbert Lovett
Rod Mack Zane Malas Hope Mays
Adalina Capuli Merello Daniel Monahan Clyde Morgan
Suzan Perlstein Corey Reeves Valrie Walker Sanders
Marc Schlather Tamara Stevens Dolores Thomas
Mandisha Thomas “Able” Mable Thomas

 

Alternates

Terri Crawford Susana Duran
Edward Gadrix Andrew Green Lakisha Green
Kay Howell Gloria Jenkins Ashley Keyes
Ann McKenzie Kenneth Mitchell Charlisia Nwachukwu
Donica Paasewe Tabitha Press Judith Ray
Erik Richardson Shea Roberts Jean Roman
Ellen Williams Patricia Wilson

 

We can’t wait to see everyone on August 25! Thanks for all that you do!

How to Update Your Voter Registration Online in Under 5 Minutes

How to Update Your Voter Registration Online in Under 5 Minutes

Have you moved to a new address within Georgia? Were you a registered voter at your old address? Do you have a Georgia driver’s license or ID? (An expired driver’s license still counts!)

Here’s how you can update your voter registration online within minutes:

Go to https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov/GAOLVR/welcome.do

Click on I Want To Register To Vote!

Click on Register to Vote Online Using Valid GA DL/ID#/Change Voter Information (on the bottom left)

Check all the boxes to verify that you are eligible to vote and click Begin Voter Registration.

Choose “Change Voter Registration” at the top of the page, check the box for “Address Change”, and fill in your county of residence, name, birthday, and driver’s license number.

Follow the prompts and fill in your new mailing address and confirm its accuracy.

Submit your registration and that’s it!

Your registration must be approved by your county registrar. You can check the status of your registration on your My Voter Page: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/ You should receive a postcard in the mail listing your voting location in about a month.

 

Other ways to update your registration: You can print this form and mail it in (no stamp needed!), or you can pick up a form at a local library or your county registrar’s office at 130 Peachtree Street, Suite 2186. Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

North Fulton Democrats Launch Precinct Organizing Initiative

North Fulton Democrats Launch Precinct Organizing Initiative

Personal connections are the most effective way to get eligible voters involved in the political process, which motivated the North Fulton Democrats to create SCOPE–Steering Committee on Organizing Precincts for Elections.

A precinct is the smallest breakdown of the electoral process. It includes everyone within a geographical area that votes at the same location. Everyone within the precinct has the same representatives at the city, state and federal levels.

Precinct organizing helps to build connections and keep citizens engaged in politics year-around. It’s also an important grassroots arm of the Democratic Party. Volunteers in the precinct organizing program get to know their neighbors and learn what issues matter to them, which they can then communicate to candidates, current representatives and the Party so they can be better representations of their constituents. In return, volunteers also help communicate initiatives from candidates, current representatives and the Party to the voters, so they can keep up with issues and stay involved.

SCOPE volunteers organize events like candidate meet-and-greets, postcard parties, phone banking, as well as making sure neighbors are registered and reminding them to vote. This is a long-term network-building initiative that will have lasting effects beyond the 2018 Midterms, even beyond the 2020 Presidential Election.

Want to learn more? Click here to read our FAQ and sign up to be a volunteer! Precinct organizing fits into every schedule!

Get Ready to Vote on Election Day

Get Ready to Vote on Election Day

Do you know where to vote on Election Day? You must report to your assigned polling place, likely within your precinct. Which means that it’s unlikely that any of the early voting locations you’ve seen advertised over the past month are your actual polling place.

To find out where to go on Election Day, visit your My Voter Page. Once you log in using your First initial, last name, county and birthdate, you’ll see four boxes. Your polling place will be listed in the box on the top right.

Polls are open from 7 am to 7 pm on Election Day. Take your government-issued ID with you. If you have any trouble voting, call our Voter Protection Hotline at 888-730-5816.

State Party Convention Delegates to be Elected on August 9

On Saturday, August 25, 2018, the Democratic Party of Georgia will be hosting its 2018 State Convention in Atlanta at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center. This is the Party’s opportunity to showcase our amazing candidates and do other important things like adopt our Party platform.

That means that we need to elect delegates to represent us at the convention. This will be done at our regular business meeting on August 9th, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the IBEW building downtown. The ONLY requirement to qualify as a delegate is that one must be a registered voter and resident of Fulton County, GA. You do not need be a member or Post Seat Holder to run for these positions.

You can qualify as a candidate to be a delegate by showing up to the meeting on August 9th or by filling out this google form: https://goo.gl/forms/9GakdOq9FZNzSdLm1

There are 40 open delegate seats and 20 alternate seats that will be open during this election. We will elect those seats in two different phases, each phase electing half. During the first phase, only Post Seat Holders will be able to vote. During the second phase, everyone at the meeting will be able to vote.

As more details about the convention become available, we will put them on the website and send them out via email.
Please contact membership@fultondems.org with any questions.

Save the Date: Post Seat Holder Elections on September 13!

It’s time to re-elect some of our Post Seat Holders (PSH) and elect new ones per our bylaws. Every 2 years after the general primary election, half of our PSH seats are up for election. This year all even-numbered post seats are up for re-election. This will be done by caucus on September 13 at our regular business meeting.

Post Seat Holders are an integral component of the Fulton County Democratic Party. They have several vital functions within the FCDP:

  • They are the group responsible for voting on the Executive Committee positions (Chair, Vice chair, etc.) that serve two year terms. Executive Committee elections are going to be held in either November or December of 2018.

  • They are the group that votes on motions proposed during the FCDP business meetings.

  • They are some of the most active members of our local voter and public outreach activities.

You can see our current PSHs as well as their district and seat number here:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1LLFkqyyZyOUJ3-guRRENAratjKoEiyV29RIfgDmH-iI/edit?usp=sharing

If you would like to run for one of the PSH seats you must show up on September 13 at the FCDP regular business meeting at 7:00 pm in the IBEW Auditorium at 501 Pulliam Street, SW, Atlanta 30312. Please also fill out this google form here: https://goo.gl/forms/ptOwoIQr0LiRsSIL2.

Post seat holders’ dues are $25/year in addition to the regular FDCP membership dues of $25/year. This comes out to a total of $50/year that we ask PSH to contribute. If you have any difficulty with dues and would like them waived please contact the Membership Chair, Sean Calahan.

The duties of PSHs according to the bylaws are:

Article III, Section 5: Roles and Responsibilities of FCDPC Members (“Committee Members”). All Committee Members are expected to maintain a membership in good standing each year. Committee Members are expected to attend all business meetings and notify the Membership Chair when they cannot attend. Committee Members are expected to participate in FCDPC activities and provide leadership within their own neighborhoods and regular spheres of influence to further the goals of the FCDPC.

We look forward to seeing you all in September!