Two Gwinnett County precincts to stay open past 7 p.m. on Election Day

June 9, 2020 Duluth - Loretta McCullough, poll worker, wipes down a voting machine as Gwinnett County residents cast their votes during the Georgia primary elections at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church in Duluth on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)
June 9, 2020 Duluth - Loretta McCullough, poll worker, wipes down a voting machine as Gwinnett County residents cast their votes during the Georgia primary elections at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church in Duluth on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

Two Gwinnett County precincts will be open past 7 p.m. after failing to open on time this morning.

Beaver Ruin Baptist Church will stay open until 7:14 p.m. and Kanoheda Elementary School will stay open until 7:20 p.m. said Joe Sorenson, a spokesman for the county.

Sorenson said more than two dozen precincts still had voting equipment being delivered Tuesday morning, “which was unusual,” but that poll workers at other locations were able to open and let people vote using emergency ballots.

At Beaver Ruin Baptist Church and Kanoheda Elementary School, he said, poll workers struggled to get machines to work. Instead of issuing emergency ballots at 7 a.m., they simply waited to open until the equipment was set up.

Still, Sorenson said after an “interesting morning” lines at Gwinnett County precincts were not “extraordinarily long,” as was the case in other parts of metro Atlanta.

Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said the voting situation was “certainly not ideal.”

“It’s sorting out some, but that does not change the fact that it’s not working,” she said earlier in the afternoon.

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