Early voting for the Dec. 1 special runoff election for the District 5 U.S. House of Representatives seat previously held by John Lewis has begun.
Fulton County announced it will take place on weekdays Nov. 9 through 25 and one Saturday (Nov. 21), all from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the polls will be closed Nov. 11 in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.
In DeKalb County, early voting will only be held at the county’s voter registration and elections office located at 4380 Memorial Drive in Decatur. It is set for weekdays Nov. 9 through 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and one Saturday (Nov. 21) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but the polls will be closed Nov. 11 in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.
In a seven-candidate race Sept. 29, Democrats Kwanza Hall and Robert Franklin, who garnered 31.75% and 28.55% of the vote, respectively, advanced to the runoff after getting the most votes.
The runoff winner will hold the seat only until January, when Democrat Nikema Williams, who won the Nov. 3 general election against Republican Angela Stanton-King, takes office.
The special election was called because Lewis died after winning the June 9 primary election, leaving the seat open.
The district includes parts of Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton counties.
The Fulton early voting sites are as follows:
♦ Buckhead Library: 269 Buckhead Ave. NE, Atlanta
♦ C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center: 3201 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta
♦ College Park Library: 3647 Main St., College Park
♦ Evelyn G. Lowery Library at Cascade: 3665 Cascade Road, Atlanta
♦ Metropolitan Library: 1332 Metropolitan Pkwy. SW, Atlanta
♦ Northwest Branch at Scotts Crossing Library: 2489 Perry Blvd. NW, Atlanta
♦ Ponce De Leon Library: 980 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta
Residents are being asked to wear a face covering when voting in person. Those in line will also be asked to stand at least 6 feet apart from one another in accordance with social distancing recommendations.