That made for a chaotic scene last night as crews worked to get all the equipment out.
“It cut a little too close to the polls opening for my taste, but we were able to get all of that equipment out into the field,” Barron said.
He said the company dropping out affected more than 30 polling places.
One of them was The Cathedral of St. Philip in Buckhead, where the first person in line at 5:30 a.m. was Fulton Commission Chairman Robb Pitts. The equipment arrived at 7:04 a.m., leaving the chairman and others to vote with a provisional ballot.
“It was seamless, no problem,” said Pitts, who added that a couple people waited 15 minutes until the equipment was set up.
Barron did not know how many precincts had to distribute provisional ballots because of issues, but those kind of ballots take three times longer to count.
He said he still expects results from most of the absentee-by-mail and in-person early votes to be posted online by 10 p.m. Tuesday. Because of the massive push toward earlier voting, mailed and early ballots will likely account for 70% to 75% of Fulton’s votes. He said he expects between 150,000 and 170,000 people will vote in person today.
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