“Long lines mark the first day of early voting in Georgia as voters flock to the polls”


While the lines were longest in the state’s heavily Democratic strongholds in and around Atlanta, Augusta, Savannah and Macon, hours-long waits were also reported in smaller, more conservative counties, including Lowndes and Floyd, officials said. By the evening, at least 120,000 voters had cast their ballots, according to Jordan Fuchs, Georgia’s deputy secretary of state.

“This is a fantastic turnout election,” she said. “I’m on the floor.”

Voters in Gwinnett County, northeast of Atlanta, began queuing up as early as 4 a.m. — three hours before the polls opened Monday, and an unusually early start, officials said. By the afternoon, the main elections office in the county had an eight-hour wait, and two other locations reported five- to six-hour lines, officials said.

Voters said the crowds were generally patient, but some reported that they saw people walking away before casting their ballots.


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