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The first of three 2020 Elections only a few weeks away - what you need to know

Dennis Stanley

DeKalb AOE

With the first of three 2020 elections only a few weeks away, voters are encouraged to seek accurate information from the appropriate source—local and state election officials.

“It is imperative for everyone to understand that election officials are the verified and trusted sources for election information,” said Dennis Stanley, DeKalb County Administrator of Elections.

“We’ve all heard the stories about outside interference with the 2016 presidential election, and it’s time to remind voters that not all information on Facebook and social media is accurate,” Stanley continued. “If voters will simply seek information from election officials, we can cut down on the misinformation and disinformation that can surround elections.”

“In simple terms, voters are urged to turn to their state and local election officials for election questions—from voter registration to polling locations, voting methods and more,” he added.

Most local election offices have a public website with detailed information for voters and candidates. In DeKalb County, the website is General (and specific) election information can also be found

To assist voters (and potential voters) here are some key dates for the three elections set for calendar year 2020:

The last day to register to vote in the March 3 Presidential Preference Primaries (and many counties have local Republican and/or Democrat primaries the same day) is February 3, 2020.

The State and Federal Primary and County General Election is August 6, 2020 and the last day to register is July 7.

The State and Federal General Election is November 3 and the last day to register is October 5.

There are various other deadlines relating to topics such as Absentee voting and candidate qualifying. The find out information about those deadlines contact your local election office.

In addition, each county has an early voting period. The dates are the same statewide, but each county can choose the hours early voting is held. Again, contact your local election office for detailed information and check with local news media outlets.

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