Lines Getting Longer for Early Voting

Early voting took more time Friday afternoon than previous days. Today is your last chance to cast your ballot at one of DeKalb County's six early voting polls.


Voting has been quick and easy this week at an early voting poll Decatur, usually taking no more than 10 minutes with no wait in line.

That changed Friday afternoon.

About 3 p.m., the line wrapped around the corner of the Clark Harrison Building on West Ponce. Voters said it was taking about 30 minutes to cast a ballot.

That's still probably quicker than the wait to vote on Election Day--Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The polls will be open through 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at six places.

  • Clark Harrison Building at 330 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Room A.
  • DeKalb Voter Registration & Elections Office at 4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300, Decatur 30032. This office has special voting facilities for the elderly and disabled.
  • Tucker Recreation Center at 4898 LaVista Road, Tucker 30084.
  • South DeKalb - Community Achievement Center Inc. at 4522 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur 30034.
  • Chamblee Civic Center, 3540 Broad St., Chamblee 30341.
  • Berean Christian Church Community Center, 2440 Young Road, Stone Mountain 30088.

There's no early voting on Saturday, Nov. 2, or Monday, Nov. 5.

Early voting has been strong in DeKalb. As of the end of Wednesday, about 27 percent of DeKalb's 470,065 registered voters had cast ballots by early voting or by mail.

For more informtion, go to the DeKalb Voter Registration and Elections Office webpage.

Nancy Wilkinson November 02, 2012 at 02:11 PM
I did early voting for the last presidential election and it took over an hour to get through the line. On election day at my usual polling place voters were moving through at a reasonable pace and even quicker after the morning rush and in the afternoon. It sounds like it's better organized this time, but I enjoy meeting up with neighbors at my regular polling place and talking politics while we wait. And as bulldogger says, it's election day - I agree with him/her, it's exciting to participate in an activity that is so central to our democratic way of life. Even if we are just going to go cancel out each other's votes.
Ralph Ellis November 02, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Early voting is fast. It took me (literally) seven or eight minutes.
Steve November 03, 2012 at 01:38 AM
So, early voting is supposed to save time?. Thanks to all you folks who stood in line so I won't have to on Tuesday.
bulldogger November 05, 2012 at 01:18 PM
@Nancy - And as bulldogger says, it's election day - I agree with him/her It's "HIM" Nancy, "HIM". Nancy,come Tuesday, November 6,2012, the "winds of change" are gonna blow so hard that I hope you've installed an anchor and tied the rope around your body to keep from being blown away.
Ralph Ellis November 05, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Bulldogger, I'm glad you cleared up the him/her issue, but the way you phrased the rest of your comment is verging on the personal. Let's stay on the issue, OK?


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