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Dekalb County Board of Elections Meeting 05/22/20

Meeting start time: 3:30 pm and end time: 4:38 pm

Board members present: Samuel Tillman, Erica Hamilton, Baoky Vu, Dele Lowman Smith, Susan Motter, Anthony Lewis

Number of members of the public present: 14-18

Issue 1 on the Agenda-Emergency Polling Places Changes (Announced by Erica Hamilton) *Could not get all the changes*

  • 3 Decatur precincts closed
  • Coralwood School moved to Bryce Lake Elementary School
  • King’s United Methodist Church moved to Dunwoody Elementary (?) school
  • Dunwoody Senior Center precinct moved to Peachtree Middle School
  • Holy Trinity Parish moved to Duluth Auditorium
  • McWilliams Middle Grove Church moved to Millerwood Elementary School
  • Oakhurst Baptist Church moved to Duluth Auditorium
  • Winter’s Chapel moved to Kingsley Elementary School
  • Chairman Tillman’s Comment: If one precinct closes, prioritize new precinct in a school
  • Board member Smith’s question: Parking issue at Duluth precinct
  • Motion on the floor for the changes
    • Motter: Aye
    • Smith: Aye
    • Vu: Aye
    • Lewis: Aye
    • Tillman: Aye
  • Motion by Smith to give Erica Hamilton the authority to make necessary changes for polling precincts without convening special call meeting
    • Seconded by Anthony Lewis
    • Motter: Aye
    • Lewis: Aye
    • Smith: Aye
    • Tillman: Aye
    • Vu: Aye
  • Smith Question: Asked about the distance requirement between old and new precinct 
    • Hamilton’s response: She will try to keep it less than 5 miles
    • Tillman’s comment: Feels that 5 miles is too much (would rather stay around 3 miles)

Issue 2 on the Agenda: Executive Session for Litigation *closed to public

  • Started: 4:04 pm
  • End: 4:30 pm
  • No votes were taken

Issue 3 on the Agenda: Comments from Board

  • Motter’s Question: Dropbox location (when will they be released/preliminary list)
    • Hamilton’s response: List on website, hopefully next week for mailboxes
  • Smith’s Question: Asked to discuss most recent SEB ruling on opening absentee ballot
    • Hamilton’s response: SEB allows opening on last week of advanced voting (will begin at 8:30 am on June 1 on counting absentee ballot)
  • Tillman’s Comment: Schools will be disinfected and fumigated before and after Election Day
    • Machines will be wiped down
    • Staff will be wearing masks

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