In this issue:  Voter Registration, Census, Polling Locations, and more...
Welcome to the the Fall 2020 edition of the Atlanta City Council District 6 eNewsletter. Below you will find some helpful information about issues in our District and City.

As always, I encourage your feedback and comments. Please contact me at (404) 330-6049 or if I can be of assistance. I appreciate the opportunity to be your voice in our city government.
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In This Issue

  • Voter Registration Deadline
  • Census Deadline
  • Absentee Voting & Drop Boxes, Early Voting, and Renaming of Polling Location - Inman Middle School to Morningside Elementary
  • Homestead Exemption
  • Thanks to our Firefighters!
  • Fix It ATL - Operation Clean Sweep

Voter Registration Deadline

Monday, October 5th is the last day Georgians can register to vote for the November 3rd election. For a detailed guide on how to register, please visit this page.  You can view important dates for the electoral process here.

Census Deadline

After months of efforts to count our population, the census deadline of October 31st is rapidly approaching.  This official count of our population influences a number of important federal decisions, including political representation and funding. The City of Atlanta and the metro Atlanta area populations have been booming over the past decade, so it is critical that our area have an accurate report of our population to get the funding we deserve and our political districts are based on accurate data.  You can find additional information and complete the census online on the 2020 Census website.  Make sure you are counted!

Absentee Ballots & Drop Boxes, Early Voting, and Relocation of Polling Location 

Absentee Ballots & Drop Boxes
There is still time to request an absentee ballot if you would prefer not to vote in person.  You can now fill out the absentee ballot request online.  More information about the absentee voting process can be found here.  Request your ballot soon so ensure that there is time to return it and have it counted. 

If you do choose to vote by absentee ballot, you have the option of taking the completed ballot to a drop box rather than returning it by mail.  For Fulton County voters in District 6, the closest drop box locations are the Ponce de Leon, Northside Drive, and Buckhead branches of the Atlanta-Fulton Public libraries.  A full listing of Fulton drop box locations and addresses can be found here.  For DeKalb County voters, the closest drop box location is Decatur City Hall.  A full listing of DeKalb drop box locations and addresses can be found here.       

Early Voting in Person

If you choose to vote in person, early voting for the November 3, 2020 General Election begins October 12 and ends October 30. Voters can head to the early voting polling sites during the days and times below: 

Fulton County

Fulton Early Voting Locations: 

The closest Fulton County early voting locations for District 6 are the High Museum of Art, Ponce de Leon library, Buckhead library, and Northside Dr. library.  For all Fulton early voting locations and addresses, visit their website here.

Fulton Early Voting Hours:

Monday, October 12 to Friday, October 16
Monday, October 19 to Friday, October 23
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday, October 26 to Friday, October 30
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday Voting:
October 17 and 24 - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday Voting:
October 18 and 25 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

DeKalb County

DeKalb Early Voting Locations: 

The closest DeKalb County early voting location for District 6 is the Coan Recreation Center.  For all DeKalb early voting locations and addresses, visit their website here.

DeKalb Early Voting Hours:

Monday, October 12 to Friday, October 16
Monday, October 19 to Friday, October 23
Monday, October 26 to Friday, October 30
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday Voting:
October 17 and 24 - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday Voting:
October 18 and 25 - 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Name Change of Inman Middle School Precinct

If you plan to vote in person on Election Day,  you may want to double check your polling location on the Secretary of State's My Voter Page before you head to the polls.   One confusing issue I have been made aware of is a location name change for precincts 06B and 06J from Inman Middle (774 Virginia Ave. NE) to Morningside Elementary (774 Virginia Ave. NE).  This is due to the middle school being relocated to Old Fourth Ward and renamed to Howard MS and Morningside ES being relocated temporarily to the Virginia Ave. campus during renovations.  So, if you have usually voted at 774 Virginia Avenue, you will still vote at that location, not at the East Rock Springs campus of Morningside ES. 

Homestead Exemption Ballot Initiative

There is one question specific to the City of Atlanta that my office has received some questions about that relates to homestead exemptions for property owned by land trusts.  Maggie Lee at the The Saporta Report did a write up about this referendum that provides some helpful background:

The typical Atlanta homeowner who lives in their home gets a basic $30,000 homestead exemption on property taxes.

But not low-income Atlantans who get on the property ladder by buying houses that are on land that’s owned by nonprofit land trusts.

A “yes” vote on this would extend a $30,000 standard homestead exemption to folks who buy houses atop land trusts. A “no” vote would keep things as they are.

A nonprofit land trust buys and holds land that has homes on it. Then people can come and buy  just the house that sits on top of the land (and get a long-term lease on the land itself.) That’s a cheaper prospect than trying to buy a house plus land, so it’s a more attainable first rung on the property ladder.

There was no local opposition to this proposal in the state Legislature. It passed both the House and the Senate as part of a bundle of non-controversial local legislation.

There are are only a handful of land trust properties in the city. The lack of homestead exemptions for land trust buyers has only recently become an issue as interest and investment has increased in the land trust model.

Thanks to our Firefighters!

About a month ago, the Avana on Main Apartment Complex in Lindbergh-Morosgo suffered an extreme blaze that displaced 162 residents. Fortunately, no residents were injured in the blaze and only one firefighter suffered a non-life threatening injury.  Our amazing Fire Department was able to quell the flames after hours of labor, and the professionalism and hard work of Atlanta's force kept the occasion from harming more than material possessions. We would also like to thank Passion City Church and The Red Cross for helping with the immediate and residual aftermath in assisting the displaced residents. While our office thanked the fire stations who responded with lunch, there is a never-ending debt of gratitude we feel toward the AFD for keeping us safe day-in and day-out.

Fix It ATL - Operation Clean Sweep

The City of Atlanta is publicly launching Phase 2 of Fix-It Atlanta (ATL) with Operation Clean Sweep. The Bottoms Administration is renewing and enhancing efforts under Operation Clean Sweep to improve the quality of life for Atlanta residents, businesses, and visitors through heightened clean-up and beautification efforts across the city.
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