Live election updates: Dickens clinches runoff spot in Atlanta mayor’s race

WABE politics reporter Rahul Bali interviews Andre Dickens after he declares he will advance to the Nov. 30 runoff for mayor of Atlanta.
WABE politics reporter Rahul Bali interviews Andre Dickens after he declares he will advance to the Nov. 30 runoff for mayor of Atlanta.
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Nov. 4, 1:00 p.m. – Atlanta City Council member Andre Dickens has clinched the second spot in a Nov. 30 runoff in Georgia’s largest city, the Associated Press projects.

Dickens narrowly edged out former Mayor Kasim Reed, who was seeking a third term after leaving office in 2018.

Dickens will face off against current City Council President Felicia Moore who won about 40% of the vote in Tuesday’s election. Dickens secured about 23% of the vote, less than 1% more than Reed did.

Nov. 3, 5:00 p.m. – With a commanding lead in the first round of voting, Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore is well positioned in the race to be mayor of Georgia’s capital city, but it still wasn’t clear Wednesday who she’ll face in a runoff.

Nov. 3, 2:00 a.m. – Andre Dickens has declared victory, says he has the votes to advance to the Nov. 30 runoff. Former Mayor Kasim Reed has not yet conceded and trails Dickens by only 517 votes.

Nov. 3, 1:13 a.m. – Andre Dickens pulls ahead of Kasim Reed by a mere few hundred votes with 99% of precincts reporting.

Nov. 2, 11:16 p.m. – Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore advanced to a Nov. 30 runoff for the mayor’s job, leading other candidates in early results Tuesday in Georgia’s largest city.

Nov. 2, 8:00 p.m. – Polls in the City of Atlanta are closed. Click here to track election results in Fulton County, including the returns in the Atlanta Mayoral race.

For DeKalb County results, click here.

For Cobb County results, click here.

For Henry County results, click here.

A full list of Fulton County election results are below:

Alpharetta City Council Post 1

Alpharetta City Council Post 2

Alpharetta City Council Post 3

Alpharetta Park Bond Referendum

Atlanta Mayor

Atlanta City Council President

Atlanta City Council Post 1 at Large

Atlanta City Council Post 2 at Large

Atlanta City Council Post 3 at Large

Atlanta City Council District 1

Atlanta City Council District 2

Atlanta City Council District 3

Atlanta City Council District 4

Atlanta City Council District 5

Atlanta City Council District 6

Atlanta City Council District 7

Atlanta City Council District 8

Atlanta City Council District 9

Atlanta City Council District 10

Atlanta City Council District 11

Atlanta City Council District 12

Atlanta Board of Education District 7 at Large

Atlanta Board of Education District 8 at Large

Atlanta Board of Education District 9 at Large

Atlanta Board of Education District 1

Atlanta Board of Education District 2

Atlanta Board of Education District 3

Atlanta Board of Education District 4

Atlanta Board of Education District 5

Atlanta Board of Education District 6

Nov. 2, 6:20 p.m. – WABE’s host emeritus Denis O’Hayer has been covering election and politics for decades. He spoke with “All Things Considered” host Jim Buress about the key races to watch and what’s at stake in today’s local elections. 
Denis O’Hayer

Nov. 2, 5:14 p.m. – Some voters in Cobb County will have a little more time to cast ballots this evening.

The county says technical issues caused delays in a handful of polling places this morning. It says the issues were resolved in a matter of minutes. One polling place had to evacuate briefly because of a fire alarm.

Polling sites with extended voting time:
Riverside Epicenter – open until 7:30 p.m.
Dowell Elementary School –  open until 7:25 p.m.
Turner Chapel Cathedral – open until 7:20 p.m.
St Thomas Catholic Church – open until 7:18 p.m.
Fair Oaks Rec Center-  open until 7:15 p.m.
Relentless Church – open until 7:10 p.m.
Shallowford Church- open until 7:05 p.m.
Wesley Chapel Methodist Church – open until 7:05 p.m.

Nov. 2, 4:17 p.m. – Sweet Auburn native Milateen Lampkin is a poll volunteer at Liberty Baptist Church. Lampkin — who grew up in the neighborhood — says traffic at the church has been slow, compared to past elections.
Milateen Lampkin

A power outage in the Old Fourth Ward/Sweet Auburn areas caused a momentary loss of power at the church. The power came back on shortly, a poll worker said.

Nov. 2, 3:18 p.m. – The elections director in Fulton County, Richard Barron, says turnout for today’s municipal elections has been light, but steady. He says all polling places opened on time and there were technical issues at only two locations where voters were immediately given emergency ballots to fill out.

Voting is open until 8 p.m. in the City of Atlanta, and 7 p.m. everywhere else.

Barron says the county is required by the new state law to report all votes by 10 p.m. tonight.

“We are confident we are prepared to comply with all of the SB 202 requirements,” Barron says. “The greatest challenge will be if we have any lines in Atlanta precincts when they close at 8 p.m.”

Barron expects results from the City of Atlanta races by midnight. As of Monday, he says, more than half of the absentee ballots that were issued had been returned by voters. Those ballots have already been processed.

Fulton County elections director Richard Barron. (Emil Moffatt/WABE)

Barron says 2,000 poll workers are at polling sites in Fulton County. He says he told his staff to focus on their efforts and not worry about oversight from the state election board review panel which is monitoring the county’s performance.

“We’ve been cooperative with the performance review panel,” Barron says. “They seem like three individuals that are objective and are going to look at us fairly.”

Emil Moffatt

Nov. 2, 3:02 p.m. – Voters at Dad’s Garage theater in Atlanta were able to quickly cast their ballot this afternoon without any wait time. Around 12:30 p.m. several voters were stopping by on their lunch breaks or between meetings, while a couple of others had walked with their dogs from nearby homes.

Bailey Collings talked about the issues he sees as most pressing for Atlanta.
Bailey Collings

While some voters in Georgia are choosing a new mayor or city council members, other voters have a much shorter ballot. At DeKalb School of the Arts many voters had the entire polling place to themselves — fewer than 100 voters had cast a ballot as of 1 p.m.

Scott Godwin returned to his alma mater, the former Avondale High School, to cast his ballot because he feels it’s important to vote in every election.
Scott Godwin

Nov. 2, 12:13 p.m. – WABE is visiting several metro Atlanta polling places to hear from voters. Christina Buffo, who voted earlier at Georgia Tech, talked about how it seems like there is always an election to pay attention to nowadays.
Christina Buffo

Nov. 2, 11:22 a.m. – Need to do some last-minute research before heading to the polls? WABE’s Lisa Rayam, Rose Scott and Jim Burress conducted tons of interviews with Atlanta candidates and helped moderate debates leading up to today’s election — you can find it all in our 2021 Election Guide.

Nov. 2, 10:31 a.m. – While much of the attention today will be focused on Virginia and New Jersey’s gubernatorial races, Republican-controlled states like Georgia and Florida are top of mind after the rapid passing of legislation to tighten voting rules. These include voter ID requirements for absentee voting, limited drop boxes and new expectations for vote counting.

Nov. 2, 8:01 a.m. – Voters all over metro Atlanta return to the polls today to choose candidates for everything from school boards to mayor. This comes as the topic of crime in Atlanta is at the forefront of debate and most of the 19 mayoral candidates’ campaigns.

Polls opened this morning for the 2021 Atlanta Municipal Election without incident. WABE’s Susanna Capelouto reports there were no long lines at Fulton county polling places this morning as we’d seen in previous elections.

At the Central Park Recreation Center, which had some of the longest lines in June of 2020, voters were trickling in. They’re not expecting any long lines. Poll workers were also well prepared, and all equipment was working. Fulton county is under a performance review by the state, so not having to deal with long lines bodes well.