Gwinnett addresses early voting issues - KMSP-TV

Gwinnett addresses early voting issues

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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -

Georgians will have a chance to vote early all this week. The Secretary of State's office says almost 700,000 ballots were cast last week. With the huge turnout on Saturday, that number is likely much higher.
    
With winter coats and hats, voters lined up in Snellville on Monday morning. Some of them even smiled maybe because the line was shorter, and the wait was seven hours less than what voters had to put up with Saturday.

"We have been here six hours. There have been some people who have passed out. This is ridiculous. We don't understand what's going on. What is the procedure? Why does it appear to be so antiquated," said early voter Connie Hawkins on Saturday.

The frustration from the logjam on Saturday stemmed not only from a line that wrapped around the Centerville Community Center and zigzagged into the building, but the fact that the line was so long because Gwinnett County only had three computers available to verify names and addresses.

The county says that it's addressing those issues by hiring additional workers over the weekend, and adding computers at every early voting center. Centerville now has five instead of three computers, and election officials are also working on improving the process. They hope to avoid a repeat of Saturday.

"The process is helping a lot, too, because we've only added two machines. Two machines, adding the personnel in a place where it's going to be effective, efficiency has gone way up. They've done a good job responding to the challenges they had on Saturday," said Gwinnett County spokesman Joe Sorenson.

The current wait time at the Snellville early voting center is about 90 minutes. However, the county says they expect longer waits the further into the week they get. They expect Thursday and Friday to be busy times for early voting.

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