Ga. Primary Election Failures, Voter Frustrations Prompt Investigations
Tuesday’s voting started early with lines long enough to test the will of voters and quickly gave way to partisan finger pointing, unflattering national headlines and two investigations into what went wrong.
The primetime debut of Georgia’s new $104 million voting machines came at a time when counties had fewer polling places to offer up — and fewer poll workers to staff them — and carried out time-consuming precautions meant to keep voters safe during a pandemic.
Voters in socially distanced lines stretched out of buildings all across metro Atlanta and beyond and idled in lines that were not entirely unexpected. Many voters reported trying to avoid the mayhem — and potential exposure to COVID-19 — by requesting an absentee ballot that never came.
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The line at Austell’s Collar Community Center in Cobb County wrapped three quarters of the way around the building Tuesday afternoon as dozens of voters sweated it out under the bright sun. Ross Williams/Georgia Recorder