Voter Registration Deadline Approaching
The Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections reminds residents who intend to vote in the General Municipal Elections on November 5, 2013, that the voter registration deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 7, 2013.
Richard Barron, Director of Registration & Elections, encourages new Fulton County residents to register to vote and recommends that all registered voters ensure that their information on file with the Department is up-to-date. Voters can verify their information by logging into My Voter Page at http://mvp.sos.state.ga.us/.
To register to vote in the state of Georgia, you must satisfy these requirements: 1) be a citizen of the United States; 2) be a legal resident of Georgia and of the county in which you wish to vote; 3) be at least 18 years of age on Election Day. Once the Department receives the voter registration application, precinct cards are mailed within three weeks of that receipt.
Also, you may not register to vote if you are currently:
* Serving any sentence imposed by the conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude.
* Judicially determined to be mentally incompetent.
You can register to vote or update your voter information at one of three County offices:
• Fulton County Registration and Elections Main Office, 130 Peachtree St, SW, Atlanta, GA 30303
• Fulton County North Service Center Office, 7741 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30350
• Fulton County South Service Center Office, 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, College Park, GA 30349
Voter registration forms are also available by downloading a postage paid voter registration application from Georgia Secretary of State website, and all branches of the Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library. The form is also available for download at www.fultonelections.com.
Important: Residents who have moved to Fulton County from elsewhere in Georgia, should complete the voter registration form to update their name and/or address.
Voters who are registering for the first time in Georgia, must provide one of the following forms of identification:
• a Georgia Driver’s License, even if expired;
• any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a FREE Voter ID Card issued by Fulton County Department of Registration & Elections or the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS);
• valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of this state;
• valid U.S. passport ID;
• valid U.S. military photo ID
• valid tribal photo ID;
• a copy of a current utility bill;
• a bank statement;
• a government check;
• a paycheck; or
• any other government document that shows the name and address of the individual
For Fulton County residents who are reluctant to register as voters because they are concerned that it increases their chances of being called for jury duty, Barron seeks to dispel that myth, “If you obtain a driver’s license, your likelihood of being called for jury duty is at least the same as registering to vote.”
Organizations seeking to conduct voter registration drive should contact the department at 404-730-7072.
For more information on voter registration and the upcoming 2013 General Municipal Elections, log on to www.fultonelections.com or 404-730-7072.
Other Links: ?Georgia Secretary of State Website: http://www.sos.ga.gov/Elections/
Georgia Secretary of State Voter Registration Application: http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/vrinfo.htm
Georgia Secretary of State Voter Registration Status and Information Page: http://mvp.sos.state.ga.us/
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Commissioner Hosts Series Of Information Sessions
On August 13, 2013, Commissioner Joan P. Garner participated in a meeting and press conference with U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius. Secretary Sebelius came to Fulton County government to meet with local healthcare officials on the Affordable Care Act addressing the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment and the need for “Champions of Coverage” to work within local communities to get information out to citizens. Secretary Sebelius has said that Champions of Coverage include, “a network of volunteers on the ground in every state – health care providers, business leaders, faith leaders, community groups, advocates, and local elected officials – [who] can help spread the word and encourage their neighbors to get enrolled.”
On August 21, 2013, at its Recess Meeting, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution in support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Affordable Care Act was adopted by Congress in 2010 and upheld by the U.S Supreme Court. One of the biggest changes under the ACA will begin October 1 when individuals and families will be able to purchase health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Commissioner Garner has been designated as a Champion for Coverage by HHS and as a part of her commitment to keep citizens informed, will host a series of information sessions on the Health Insurance Marketplace for District 6. Health Navigators will be onsite at each location to assist citizens with enrollment.
The information sessions will be held at the following locations from 5:30 – 7:00 pm:
Wednesday, October 9th—Helene S. Mills Senior Facility, 515 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Thursday, October 10th—Oak Hill Child, Adolescent and Family Center, 2805 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30315
Friday, October 11th—Neighborhood Union Health Center, 186 Sunset Ave NW #186, Atlanta, GA 30314
Friday, November 8th—Oak Hill Child, Adolescent and Family Center, 2805 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30315
Friday, November 15th —Neighborhood Union Health Center, 186 Sunset Ave NW #186, Atlanta, GA 30314
Thursday, November 21st —Oak Hill Child, Adolescent and Family Center, 2805 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30315
Attendees should RSVP by emailing email@example.com or calling the District 6 office at (404)612-8226 by September 26, 2013. For more information on the Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplace visit www.Healthcare,gov or call the toll-free number at 1-800-318-2596. Hearing impaired callers using TTY/TDD technology can dial 1-855-889-4325 for assistance.
Commissioner Joan P. Garner serves on the Fulton County Board of Commissioners representing the citizens in District 6. Fulton is the largest county in the State of Georgia, with a seven-member governing commission representing 14 municipalities, an annual operating budget of $935 million and a diverse population of nearly one million residents, including the City of Atlanta.
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FulCo’s Fall SPARC Atlanta Clinics Coming
Fulton County’s Fall SPARC (Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration) Atlanta preventive healthcare screenings for older adults began September 24.
Citizens who participate in SPARC Atlanta clinics can take advantage of health screenings, nutrition counseling and health education. Since the initiation of SPARC Atlanta in 2006, more 7,300 older adults have visited SPARC Clinics to obtain health screenings as well as obtain information regarding Medicare Assistance, employment assistance, Food Stamp Assistance, nutrition education and dental education.
The fall 2013 clinic dates, times and locations:
Tuesday, September 24, 2013—Roswell Neighborhood Center, 1250 Warsaw Rd., Roswell, GA 30076
Saturday, October 5, 2013—Ben Hill United Methodist Church, 2099 Fairburn Road, Atlanta, GA 30331
Wednesday, October 9, 2013—Refuge Temple Ministries, 105 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. SW, Atlanta, GA 3014
Thursday, October 10, 2013—West Hunter Street Baptist Church/SWEEAC, 1040 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW,? Atlanta, GA 30310
Saturday, October 12, 2013—Fountain of Hope, 829 Hollywood Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 vTuesday, October 15, 2013—Baptist Gardens, 1901 Myrtle Drive SW, Atlanta, GA 30311
Wednesday, October 16, 2013—Simpson St. Church of Christ, 800 Joseph E Boone Blvd. NW, Atlanta 30314
Services available for those who visit the fall 2013 clinics include:
• Women’s Health: Clinical Breast Exams, Mammography and Pap Test Referrals
• Blood Glucose
• Blood Pressure
• Healthy Mind
• Colorectal Pre-Screen
SPARC Atlanta is administered through a partnership between the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Fulton County Office of Aging.
The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, area hospitals and several other nonprofit organizations comprise a collaborative group that organizes health screenings and services.
For more information, call the STARline at 404-613-6000.
Citizens in need of reasonable accommodations due to a disability including communications in an alternative format should contact Nell Kapple in the Department of Housing and Human Services at (404) 613-7944. For Georgia Relay Access, dial 711.