After 2016’s long lines, Gwinnett may add more early voting days

Gwinnett elections officials want the county to consider offering residents an extra week of advance voting during general elections — and the chance to vote on Sundays, too.

The county’s Department of Community Services, which oversees the voter registrations and elections division, made the requests this week during a 2018 budget proposal presentation.

The requests ask for the county to double the days of advance voting to 12 (a $378,000 proposition for 2018) and to add one half-day of Sunday voting (which would cost just over $13,000 in 2018).

MORE: Gwinnett fire asks for new med units in slow response areas

MORE: When will Gwinnett’s Avalon-inspired mega-development become a reality?

During early voting prior to 2016’s presidential election, Gwinnett nearly doubled its previous record for early ballots  cast, and voters often endured waits that were several hours long. Stephen Day, the chairman of the county’s Voter Registration and Election Board, said doubling the number of days polls are available would “basically obliterate” those wait times.

Sunday voting would offer yet another option for time-crunched residents, Day said.

MORE: These are the candidates for mayor and city council in your Gwinnett city

Gwinnett does not currently have any countywide elections scheduled for 2017. Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash has said she wants the county to have a referendum in 2018 on some kind of transit expansion — a hot button issue that would likely generate significant turnout.

Nash will not release her countywide budget proposal for 2018 until late November.


The AJC's Tyler Estep keeps you updated on the latest happenings in Gwinnett County government and politics. You'll find more on, including these stories:

Never miss a minute of what's happening in Gwinnett politics. Subscribe to

In other Gwinnett news:


Recommended for you

Recommended for you

Recommended for you

Most read

  1. 1 Bernice King responds to Steve Bannon's claim MLK would be 'proud' of
  2. 2 Five things to know about Georgia’s new fireworks law
  3. 3 Former NBA player charged with armed robbery for Coweta home invasion

More from AJC