Atlanta’s CBS News affiliate reports:
Georgia voters turned out in record numbers just five days into early voting for the 2020 election. As of noon on October 17, the total number of ballots cast for the 2020 election was 1,373,208. According to the Georgia Secretary of State, that is a 134% increase from early voting during the first five days of early voting in the 2016 election. Of the ballots cast, 635,844 were absentee ballots cast by mail and 737,364 ballots were cast in person.
I waited 5 hrs and 7 mins to vote early in #Georgia today. The line was crazy because it’s the first day of early in-person voting. But, it was worth it! #GeorgiaVotes #GApol @fairfightaction #BidenHarris #KHive #DumpTrump #Vote #VoteHimOut #JonOssoff #Election2020 pic.twitter.com/KP9awlLARr
— Matt (@MrPruneJuice) October 12, 2020
Night has fallen, but voting lines continue in Marietta, Georgia. The @WCKitchen team just finished serving dinner. They met someone walking out who arrived at 8am — he waited 12 hours to vote today. We must do better! Until then, #ChefsForThePolls will try to keep everyone fed. pic.twitter.com/RcnG8BFSWW
— Nate Mook (@natemook) October 13, 2020
The state’s voter rolls have grown by nearly 2 million since the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013, but polling locations have been cut by almost 10%, with Metro Atlanta hit particularly hard. https://t.co/Qs9YCsxV42
— ProPublica (@propublica) October 17, 2020
Voter excitement does not equate to 10+ hour wait in voting lines.
That’s not excitement, that’s voter suppression.https://t.co/nQH4sMEI1L
— Reverend Raphael Warnock (@ReverendWarnock) October 14, 2020
The long lines and absentee ballot snags that plagued Georgia’s June primary were just the latest problems in a state that has become a ground-zero for voting issues. While changes were made in its aftermath, some fear the state remains unprepared.https://t.co/y7A66P3zDx
— CNN (@CNN) October 17, 2020