Voter Guide: March 24, 2020–DeKalb County

KEY DATES

  • Monday, February 24, 2020––Voter registration deadline
  • Monday, March 2, 2020––Early voting (Absentee In-Person) begins
  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020––Election Day delayed until Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Check your voter registration: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov

Early Voting locations and times: click here

UPDATE: Early voting for the March 24th election has been delayed until May 19th. If you have already voted, when you vote for the May 19th election, you will only receive one ballot. If you have not yet voted in the March 24th election, when you vote for the May 19th election, you will receive two ballots: one for the March 24th election and one for the May 19th election. 

Absentee voting via hand-marked paper ballots remains available and may be requested here. Please remember that in order for your ballot to be counted, it must be received by the DeKalb County Board of Elections no later than 7pm on May 19th.

WHAT’S ON THE DEKALB BALLOT?

  • U.S. Presidential Preference Primary
    • REPUBLICAN BALLOT:
      • Donald J. Trump (Incumbent) – website
    • DEMOCRATIC BALLOT:
      • Michael Bennet [NOTE: Sen. Bennet ended his campaign on Feb. 11, 2020]
      • Joseph R. Biden – website
      • Michael R. Bloomberg [NOTE: Former Mayor Bloomberg ended his campaign on Mar. 5, 2020 and has endorsed former Vice President Biden.]
      • Pete Buttigieg [NOTE: Former Mayor Buttigieg ended his campaign on Mar. 1, 2020 and has endorsed former Vice President Biden.]
      • John K. Delaney [NOTE: Former Rep. Delaney ended his campaign on Jan. 31, 2020 and has endorsed former Vice President Biden.]
      • Tulsi Gabbard [NOTE: Rep. Gabbard ended her campaign on Mar. 19, 2020 and has endorsed former Vice President Biden.]
      • Amy Klobuchar [NOTE: Sen. Klobuchar ended her campaign on Mar. 2, 2020 and has endorsed former Vice President Biden.]
      • Deval Patrick [NOTE: Former Gov. Patrick ended his campaign on Feb. 12, 2020 and has endorsed former Vice President Biden.]
      • Bernie Sanders [NOTE: Sen. Sanders ended his campaign on Apr. 8, 2020, pledging to support former Vice President Biden.]
      • Tom Steyer [NOTE: Mr. Steyer ended his campaign on Feb. 29, 2020]
      • Elizabeth Warren [NOTE: Sen. Warren ended her campaign on Mar. 5, 2020]
      • Andrew Yang [NOTE: Mr. Yang ended his campaign on Feb. 11, 2020 and has endorsed former Vice President Biden.]
  • SPECIAL ELECTION: Sheriff, DeKalb County (to fill the unexpired term of Jeffrey Mann, Resigned)
    • BACKGROUND:
      • The winner of the March 24 election will fill the unexpired term of former Sheriff Jeffrey Mann, who retired in November amid a battle over his law enforcement certification. If no candidate gets 50% of the vote, a runoff election between the top two vote-getters will take place on April 21. The winner of that election will then take over as sheriff until the end of 2020, when Mann’s unexpired term ends.
      • While this is going on, the election for the next full term of DeKalb Sheriff is also taking place. The process begins in May when partisan primaries will be held, followed by primary run-offs in July (if necessary), and the general election in November.
    • CANDIDATES:
      • Geraldine Champion
        • Ms. Champion is a retired Atlanta police homicide detective who also ran for sheriff in 2016.
      • Harold Dennis – website
        • Mr. Dennis is a former DeKalb lieutenant who also ran for sheriff in 2016
      • Adam Gardner (Democrat) – website
        • Mr. Gardner is a homicide investigator for the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.
      • Ted Golden (Democrat) – website
        • Mr. Golden is a retired Drug Enforcement Administration agent who also ran for sheriff in 2016.
      • Antonio “Block” Johnson (Democrat) – website
        • Mr. Johnson is a military veteran and former jailer and marshal in Fulton County.
      • Kyle Keith Jones (Democrat) – website
        • Mr. Jones is a retired law enforcement officer and businessman who also ran for sheriff in 2016.
      • Melody M. Maddox (Incumbent) – website
        • Sheriff Maddox is the current DeKalb County Sheriff; the first woman to serve in that position. She became sheriff in December 2019 upon the retirement of then-Sheriff Jeffrey Mann. She previously served as Chief of Police for Georgia Piedmont Technical College.
      • Carl Mobley (Democrat) – website
        • Mr. Mobley is a retired DeKalb County police officer.
      • Ruth “The Truth” Stringer (Democrat) – website
    • You can read responses by the candidates to recent questions from the DeKalb Champion newspaper here.
    • You can read coverage of a recent candidate forum here.
    • UPDATE: The Georgia NAACP and Informed Georgians for Justice have posted answers by the candidates to their survey on criminal justice issues here.
  • CITY OF ATLANTA REFERENDUM: Municipal Option Sales Tax (MOST)
    • This will only appear on your ballot if you live in the City of Atlanta.
    • BALLOT QUESTION:
      • Shall a special 1 percent sales and use tax be reimposed in the City of Atlanta for a period of time not to exceed 16 calendar quarters and for the raising of not more than Seven Hundred Fifty Million Dollars and Zero Cents ($750,000,000.00) for the purpose of funding water and sewer projects and costs?
    • BACKGROUND:
      • This referendum is to decide whether to reauthorize the 1-cent tax that applies to most goods purchased in the City of Atlanta. These funds allow visitors and business people who use the City’s water and sewer infrastructure but do not pay City water/sewer bills to help pay for upgrading and maintenance of the infrastructure. This is NOT a new tax; it is the reauthorization of an existing tax.
      • A 1% City of Atlanta Municipal Option Sales Tax (MOST) is imposed inside the City of Atlanta limits. MOST generally applies to all retail sales of tangible personal property delivered to customers within the city limits of Atlanta and retail sales of taxable services performed within the city limits of Atlanta. MOST does not apply to motor vehicles, even if a motor vehicle is otherwise subject to sales tax.
      • The MOST was initially approved on July 20, 2004, and reauthorized by voters in 2008 by a 3-1 margin. From 2004 through 2010, it provided more than $700 million to help ensure Atlantans a future of clean, safe drinking water and environmentally sound wastewater treatment.
      • You can read more about the history of Atlanta’s MOST and how the revenues have been used here.