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Early Voting in Georgia Starts Today

Your AM Rundown: Plus, the city of Marietta adds Juneteenth to paid holidays for employees.

Georgians can begin early voting in the May 24 primary election today. (Brynn Anderson/Associated Press)

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Here is Your AM Rundown, with news updates in 400 words or less. Get caught up on headlines and other developments you might’ve missed. 

Here’s what to know for today: 

  • Today marks the first day in the three-week early voting period for the May 24 primary election. Voters can find polling locations and check their voter registration status on the state’s My Voter Page. We also wrote an explainer that tells you everything Black voters should know this election season.
  • DeKalb County is closing its Glenwood Avenue COVID-19 testing location for good on May 13. The county says a decreased demand for testing led to the closure of the Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church site. Hours at the Stonecrest and Brookhaven sites will be reduced as well. 
  • Nearly two weeks after Mayor Steve Tumlin’s veto, city of Marietta employees will now be able to celebrate Juneteenth as a paid holiday. The city will also add Veterans Day to the list of paid holidays after council members voted unanimously in support of the addition.
  • The DeKalb County Board of Education approved a contract for interim Superintendent Dr. Vassane Tinsley at a special meeting. The news comes following the termination of former Superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris on April 26. Board members voted in favor of removing Watson-Harris after fallout from a viral video showing dilapidated facilities at Druid Hills High School, and the subsequent war of words between the county and state boards over who is responsible.

ICYMI: With the pending demolition of Forest Cove Apartments, Atlanta Public Schools and Purpose Built Schools Atlanta are considering temporarily closing Thomasville Heights Elementary. Residents in the southeast Atlanta neighborhood say the closure will negatively impact their lives and community. Read our story to learn how parents and local activists feel about the potential move.

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