June 4th, 2020 Update: Happening in the Next 5 Days

There’s a lot going on right now. But there are a few things happening in the next week that I wanted to flag for you.

BROOKHAVEN #BlackLivesMatter RALLY TOMORROW

There is so much work we have to do to make our country a more just place for Black Americans. It can be overwhelming to know where to even begin. But I think the first step is to show our Black friends and neighbors that we hear them and we stand with them in this fight—our fight, together.

For those of you in and around Brookhaven, I hope you’ll join me tomorrow afternoon for a Black Lives Matter neighborhood demonstration starting at 4pm. The demonstration will begin at the traffic circle located at Colonial Drive and Oglethorpe Avenue in the Brookhaven Heights neighborhood. Signs and posters are encouraged!

JUNE 9th ELECTION UPDATE

In-Person Voting:

Tomorrow (Friday, June 5th) is the last day to early vote in-person before Tuesday’s election. If you need help finding an in-person polling site near you, please visit my Voter Guides for Fulton and DeKalb Counties. 

Absentee Ballot Voting:

If you still have your (paper) absentee ballot, you’ll need to return it to your county elections office by 7pm on Tuesday for your vote to be counted. To ensure it arrives in time, consider using one of various drop boxes both Fulton and DeKalb Counties have provided for convenience. These drop boxes are monitored 24/7 and are tamper proof.

  • You can watch me return my absentee ballot via drop box here.

Please note: you must return your ballot to a drop box in the same county in which you live.

  • Fulton County drop boxes can be found here.
  • DeKalb County drop boxes can be found here (blue box at the top of the page).
    • UPDATE: A new drop box was recently installed at Brookhaven City Hall!

Check that your Absentee Ballot was received:

Don’t forget that you can visit My Voter Page to track the status of your Absentee Ballot. Once you log in, click on the link in the lower left-hand box. You’ll be able to see whether your ballot has been received and marked “accepted” (see my example below). Please note that it usually takes a day after your ballot is processed for the system to update.

URGENT: Changes for Election Day Voting:

Before you leave your house to vote, please visit My Voter Page online to verify your polling place. Due to COVID-19 measures, recent emergency changes were made to many polling sites in DeKalb and Fulton Counties.

PRECINCT CHANGES IN DEKALB COUNTY

PrecinctNormal LocationTemporary Location
Ashford ParksideAshford Parkside Senior Center 
(3522 Blair Circle NE)
Montgomery Elementary
(3995 Ashford Dunwoody Rd)
Silver LakeBrookhaven Christian Church
(4500 Peachtree Rd)
Ashford Park Elementary
(2968 Cravenridge Dr NE)

View the full list of all precincts with DeKalb polling sites that have moved here.

PRECINCT CHANGES IN FULTON COUNTY

No HD80 precincts have been moved in Fulton County but you can view the updated list of all Fulton County polling sites (with changes) here.

FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION THIS SATURDAY

As we continue through the COVID-19 pandemic, families in DeKalb County are being hit hard and many are struggling to put food on the table. Recent estimates show 18 percent of DeKalb County families are uncertain where they will get their next meals. Thankfully, DeKalb County and the Georgia Department of Agriculture have formed an incredible partnership to address the need.  

This Saturday, June 6th, DeKalb County will once again be distributing free care packages that include 20-pounds of Georgia-grown vegetables and two-pounds of pork sausage. Care packages are available for the first 2,400 families in line. Distribution begins at 10am and families may pick up a care package at one of three separate facilities:

  • Buck Godfrey Stadium (Decatur);
  • James R. Hallford Stadium (Clarkston); and
  • New Birth Missionary Baptist Church (Stonecrest).

Full details are available here. Please share this; you never know who needs to see it.

SESSION RECONVENES SOON

The General Assembly will reconvene on Monday, June 15th for Day 30 of the regular 2020 legislative session. I’ll be emailing you more about the work we’ll be engaged in but at the top of the list includes starting from scratch on the FY2021 state budget, using the current moment to make much-needed progress on criminal justice reforms, and seeing various local priorities make it across the finish line.  Stay tuned!

FINAL THOUGHTS

Amid everything that’s going on right now, I pray that you and your family remain safe and well. Please remember that our current fights are indeed long-term battles, and we can’t bring about the systemic changes required without you and your energy. So, take care of yourself.

Be well,
Matthew