Georgia Voters Report Broken Equipment, Long Lines, and Other Issues on Primary Day

Many voters have experienced a number of issues while trying to vote in the state's primary, though voters shouldn't let that deter them from sticking it out.

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Many voters in Georgia, one of several states holding primaries on Tuesday, have reported a multitude of problems with a process you would certainly think could have been perfected by now.

In the Atlanta area, for example, multiple reports of out-of-service voting machines have rolled in throughout the day, only adding to what was already going to be an especially patience-requiring experience thanks to the fact that voting is occurring during a global pandemic.

Big voting problems in Georgia today. Long lines, broken voting machines, not enough poll workers

After epidemic of voter suppression in 2018 it's happening again

— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) June 9, 2020

On-the-ground reports form GA also point to issues involving long lines, confusion regarding new processes, poll workers being unable to adequately operate new machines, and problems receiving absentee ballots:

BREAKING NEWS: Voters outraged because they can’t vote. @cbs46
Voting machines are down & systems aren’t working all over #Atlanta
Some people have left the polls because the line has NOT moved since 6 A.M.

— Barmel Lyons (@BarmelLyonsTV) June 9, 2020

If you are in line, PLEASE do not allow your vote to be suppressed. PLEASE stay in line. They should offer you a provisional ballot if the machines are not working.

— Keisha Lance Bottoms (@KeishaBottoms) June 9, 2020

IMO - this is a large part of the problem in GA this election ... what happened to all of those absentee ballots requested? I didn’t receive mine; I know dozens of GA citizens addressing the same dilemma

— KV_ATL (@KV30342) June 9, 2020

Poll worker just tells long line of voters that the machines are not working properly and they don’t know why. Says technician is coming from 17 miles away in downtown Atlanta. Many people leaving now. #GeorgiaPrimary

— Billy Michael Honor (@BillyMHonor) June 9, 2020

A continuously updated rundown of voting problems in Georgia from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution adds even more details. Anderson-Livsey Elementary School, for example, experienced a 47-minute delay Tuesday morning thanks to machine issues. And at Cross Keys High School, voters reported machines that weren't working as well as a shortage of provisional ballots. A precinct manager who attempted to "troubleshoot the equipment" said his PIN number, required for doing so, wasn't working. Voters, however, showed resilience despite waiting in line for hours.

🗳 Today's your day: #WestVirginia, #Georgia, #NorthDakota, #Nevada, #SouthCarolina.

Need help locating your polling place?

Don’t know what time your states’ polls close?

More questions?

— Complex (@Complex) June 9, 2020

If you're in line in Georgia or any of the states voting on Tuesday, hold your place. As long as you're in line by the time polls close, you're allowed to cast a vote.

Voters in Georgia are experiencing long lines, broken machines and poll sites that opened late. Voters are being shortchanged today.

Call our Election Protection hotline at @866OURVOTE (866-867-86863) to report problems. #VoterSuppression

— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) June 9, 2020

Voter suppression, of course, remains a top concern in 2020. While young voters are routinely disparaged in news coverage and/or by party leaders as being apathetic regarding the election process, that's an unfair and opportunistic oversimplification of the ongoing problem of targeted suppression tactics. 

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