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Early Voting for Commission District 2 Special Election Starts on Monday

Melissa Link (left) and Kirrena Gallagher (right) at a forum for District 2 commissioner. Credit: Blake Aued

Three weeks of early voting to fill the vacant ACC Commission District 2 seat started on Monday at the ACC Board of Elections office, 325 E. Washington St. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. In addition, it will be open Sunday, Mar. 12 from 11 a.m.–3 p.m., and hours will be extended to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 15.

During the third week, voters can also cast their ballots at the ACC Library (2025 Baxter St.) or the Miriam Moore Community Center (410 McKinley Drive). Hours are 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 11 and the following Monday through Friday, with the exception of Wednesday, when both sites close at 7 p.m.

The race pits former commissioner Melissa Link against former school board member Kirrena Gallagher, who resigned her seat in December to run for commission. Link served on the commission from 2015 through last year, when she was forced to step down because Republican state legislators drew her out of her district, preventing her from running again. That changed, however, when former District 2 commissioner Mariah Parker resigned last fall, triggering a special election to fill the seat.

The new District 2 more closely resembles the old District 3 and includes the inner portion of East Athens, Pulaski Heights, Boulevard, the western part of Cobbham and the Hancock Corridor, most of Normaltown, Brooklyn and the Baxter-Broad area. For maps and other information, visit