City of Atlanta launches website to improve voter turnout

Eligible voters in Atlanta will now have an easy-to-use resource to connect them to the latest voter information.

The City of Atlanta and the Equality Foundation of Georgia are launching the “Atlanta Votes” initiative. The initiative aims to increase civic participation in the upcoming elections in November.

“The vote remains our most powerful instrument of change. Despite partisan affiliations, backgrounds or beliefs, we all have the ability to impact our daily lives and the lives of others when we vote in every election,” said Mayor Andre Dickens.

This non-partisan effort will strive to educate and inspire Atlanta residents to become more engaged in the electoral process.

“Atlanta has a rich history that has placed our city at the epicenter of change, shaped by all parties and fueled by people using their vote as their voice,” Dickens added.

In Atlanta, eligible voters can vote in Fulton County or DeKalb County, depending on where they live. These counties are governed by two separate electoral commissions.

“With changes in election laws and changes in polling locations, it is imperative that voters have a one-stop-shop that allows them to obtain essential election information,” Mayor Dickens added.

The Atlanta Votes website offers voters an easy-to-use resource that will connect them to localized information.

Additionally, the website provides direct access to the My Voter Georgia page, which offers information and resources for voters statewide.

Former board chair Felicia Moore will serve as senior advisor for the project.

Improving voter turnout

Currently, Atlanta is made up of 468,866 registered voters, who reside in either Fulton or DeKalb counties.

According to data from Fulton and DeKalb county election offices, 58.3% of registered voters in Atlanta cast ballots in 2018.

Atlanta Votes will also work to reach eligible residents who may not be aware of the voting process.

The launch of the Atlanta Votes website marks the start of a comprehensive effort that includes a multi-tiered approach to educating voters on ways to vote in the upcoming election via mail-in ballots or by voting during the voting period. in advance or on polling day.

To learn more, visit Atlanta Votes.

Edwin S. Wolfe