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Changes Are Coming to DeKalb County’s Early Voting Sites

Your AM Rundown: Plus, Dickens sets his crime-fighting sights on Atlanta nightlife.

DeKalb County officials announce changes to early voting locations and hours ahead of the May 24 primary election. (Hill Street Studios/Getty Images)

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Here’s what to know for today: 

  • Speaking of voting, do you need help with registering to vote or have questions about new election laws ahead of the 2022 midterm season? We’ve got you covered. Check out this explainer (written by yours truly) that focuses on everything you need to know as a Black voter in Georgia. 
  • Georgia’s longest-serving legislator said his final goodbyes to the General Assembly on Monday. Calvin Smyre, who first took office at 26 and was one of the first Black lawmakers elected after the Civil Rights Movement, will not run for reelection. The “Dean of the House” is currently awaiting confirmation of his appointment as ambassador to the Dominican Republic by President Joe Biden.
  • Mayor Andre Dickens is cracking down on Atlanta’s nightlife and the crime associated with it. In his State of the City address Monday, Dickens announced that he is creating a Nightlife Division to target bars, clubs and lounges with a high history of crime throughout Atlanta. The division will feature classes aimed at teaching owners de-escalation tactics, emergency response measures and security practices.

ICYMI: Affordable housing options are coming to East Lake. Thanks to a land donation from the CF Foundation, a vacant, 2-acre lot on Glenwood Avenue will be developed into 40 moderate-income townhomes. The homes, initially, will be exclusively marketed to residents of the Villages at East Lake, the former site of the East Lake Meadows public housing complex.

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