DeKalb polling place will be open an hour later after delayed opening

A DeKalb County early voting polling center will stay open until 8 p.m. Tuesday after it opened later than expected, officials posted on the county’s Facebook page.

Briarwood Recreational Center was scheduled to open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 7 p.m.

“DeKalb County has many of its precincts in buildings we do not own,” county spokesman Andrew Cauthen said in an emailed statement. “In this case, the building was not opened for us prior to the start of early voting.”

The building eventually opened at 8 a.m.

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The polling place was just one of five that opened this week to accommodate DeKalb residents hoping to vote early.

DeKalb has seen record voter turnout with weekend early voter totals up 67 percent from 2014 midterm elections.

To date, more than 96,700 ballots have been cast in this year’s election season, including more than 12,600 absentee ballots.

Last week, the state Democratic party claims there are 4,700 registered voters in DeKalb who have submitted absentee ballot applications but still have not received their ballots.

The county elections board and Secretary of State’s office have said there is no evidence of missing or lost ballot applications in the county.

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