An officer walks outside the East Cobb Government Service Center in Cobb County on Saturday during early voting ahead of Georgia’s 6th Congressional District runoff on June 20. CHAD RHYM/AJC
Photo: Chad Rhym
Photo: Chad Rhym

In 6th District, voters are losing manners, getting more aggressive

As he went to the polls in Milton, one man didn’t want to take off his Make America Great Again baseball cap. Another in Roswell refused to turn his Ossoff shirt inside out. In another incident in Milton, a voter got “loud and disruptive” with a poll worker who wouldn’t tell him where she lived.

After months of phone calls, campaign ads and insistent knocks on their doors, some voters in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District have finally lost their Southern manners.

Local poll workers in two of the district’s three suburban counties say they have seen noticeably aggressive behavior among people coming to cast ballots in the runoff election between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. Fulton County has even hired retired marshals to try to keep some of the issues from escalating.

The stakes in the suburban district, which also includes part of DeKalb County, have national implications. The race has been pegged as an early referendum on President Donald Trump’s administration. Scores of outside groups from both sides have invested in the outcome, using tens of millions of dollars as well as a small army of volunteers to sway voters.

So emotions are high.

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