Two Cobb County elections precinct inside schools will stay open a bit longer Tuesday because of lockdowns that were quickly cleared.
The polling places inside Teasley and Murdock elementary schools will stay open 20 and 11 minutes longer, respectively, for Tuesday’s runoffs, the county said in a news release.
Cobb Superior Judge George Kreeger granted the petitions, the county said.
Janine Eveler, director of Cobb elections, said she filed a petition to keep the polling place at Teasley Elementary School open until 7:20 p.m. due to a “Code Red” lockdown.
“Code Red” is classified as a “severe risk” by the county.
The lockdown came after witnesses reported seeing a man near the school with a gun. The school district tweeted out that “the man in question was carrying a cellphone holster on his hip walking through a neighborhood, not a weapon.”
Eveler said voting continued during the first 10 minutes of the lockdown for those people who were inside the polling place.
“But we’re going to ask for the whole 20 minutes because we can't determine if anyone may have left the poll during that period when they saw what was happening,” she said.
The polling place is designated as Vinings 02, and it covers a swath of the Vinings and Cumberland areas.
Murdock will stay open until 7:11 p.m. due to the “Code Yellow” lockdown, classified as a “significant risk.”
That polling place is designated as Murdock 01, and it covers a northern part of East Cobb.
In Fulton County, two precincts will stay open later. At one precinct, the manager lost a stack of voter access cards. At another, the person who was supposed to let poll workers inside showed up late.
In Gwinnett County, elections officials were asking for 15 extra minutes at two precincts.