Original story at 12:27 p.m.: Many Fulton County voters are encountering long lines on Election Day.
In some cases, the wait is to due to long ballots slowing people down. In other cases, it’s because there are technical or quantity issues with machines.
The county experienced “heavy, steady turnout this morning all across the county,” Fulton County Elections Director Rick Barron said during a press conference around 10:30 a.m. He expects anywhere from 140,000 to 190,000 voters on Tuesday.
One place with really long lines was Pittman Park Recreation Center, where too few — three — machines were sent. Barron said the mistake was a result of the wrong voter registration number being entered into the assignment; there should be one machine for every 350 registered voters in that precinct.
“I just want to tell the voters there that on behalf of me and my staff, we’re sorry for the mix-up,” Barron said. Five more machines were being sent out, and Barron said he hoped anyone who left because of the wait will return.
Another problem precinct was Helene S. Mills Senior Multipurpose Facility, where voters waited for hours. Four machines were down because of a power cord issue, but have since been fixed.
Helene S. Mills Senior Multipurpose Facility
The polls close at 7 p.m., but anyone in line by then will be able to vote. The more people still in line at that time, the later results will be in. Hundreds of voters were in line at 7 p.m. Friday, the last day of early voting, Barron said.
In recent years, the county has made efforts to report results earlier after errors and delays that led to vote tallies coming in after other metro Atlanta counties.
Barron encouraged everyone to go to their designated poll. Click here or call 404-612-7020 to find your poll location.