by Robin Kemp

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12:56 a.m. Wed: For complete unofficial results from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, go here:

Clayton County

Dekalb County

Fulton County

Georgia (statewide)

6:50 p.m. No wait at Forest Park Middle School, 930 Finley Dr., Forest Park (FP1)—four people just went in.

5:54 p.m. No line, no problems at St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church, 591 Flint River Road in Jonesboro (JB10). A few voters coming in now.

5:50 p.m.: WABE’s Jim Burress reports Fulton County polls will stay open until 9 p.m. now, due to a judge’s order. If you are in line at 9 p.m. in Fulton County, you must be allowed to vote.

5:43p.m.: Brisk business at Lee Street Elementary, 178 Lee St. (JB03) but no visible line. Voters seem to be getting in and out promptly.

5:33 p.m.: No wait at the Clayton County Historic Courthouse, 121 S. McDonough St. in Jonesboro, where the county Elections Office is headquartered. A poll worker said today’s lines were “not too bad” at any time. Several voters are pulling up to drop absentee paper ballots in the outside box (pictured at the top of this story).

5:16 p.m.: About five people waited outside the polls and another five or so were already inside at Tara Elementary, 937 Mt. Zion Road, Morrow (RD6).

5:06 p.m.: Voters can still drop off absentee ballots at secure county ballot boxes until 7 p.m.

4:27 p.m. Capitol Beat News Service’s Beau Evans spoke to two voters at Central Park in Atlanta who said they’d been waiting three hours to vote. One told him, “I got tear-gassed last Monday. We’re out here.”

3:20 p.m.: A voter at the Metropolitan Library, 1332 Metropolitan Pkwy., Atlanta (12A), said the wait was about 30 minutes. The line was moving steadily, with about 23 people waiting outside the door in a light drizzle.

1:40 p.m. CBS46 reports Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger will launch an investigation into voting issues in Fulton and Dekalb Counties: “Obviously, the first time a new voting system is used, there is going to be a learning curve, and voting in a pandemic only increased these difficulties. But every other county faced these same issues and were significantly better prepared to respond so that voters had every opportunity to vote.”

1:20 p.m.: A voter says it took him 5 hours and 15 minutes to vote:

11:32 a.m.: Statewide Voting Implementation Manager Gabriel Sterling tweets that “Voting is going great”:

He also issued a statement blaming county elections officials for any problems: “So far we have no reports of any actual equipment issues. We have reports of poll workers not understanding setup or how to operate voting equipment. While these are unfortunate, they are not issues of the equipment but a function of counties engaging in poor planning, limited training, and failures of leadership.”

The state rushed to hire Dominion Systems to provide the machine-readable “ballot marking system” in time for the election. In a November 2019 article, Government Technology detailed the concerns some evaluators had expressed about Dominion’s rush to update Georgia’s voting machines: “I have serious concerns regarding the level of training Dominion personnel are receiving that make me question the quality of support jurisdictions would receive once a sale is made,” one wrote.

KnowINK, a subcontractor for Dominion, provides the iPad “electronic poll book” sign-in devices for Georgia’s elections. The company’s managing director, Scott Leiendecker, and his wife have made campaign donations in other states where the devices were later adopted. In December 2018, the Bayou Brief reported, Courtney Leiendecker made a $5,000 campaign donation to Louisiana GOP candidate for Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin four days before the runoff. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that, in March 2016, two months before winning a 2.1 million contract, Leiendecker “donated $10,000 to the campaign treasury of County Executive Steve Stenger, according to documents filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission.” And Government Technology reported that Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger got a $2,500 contribution from Courtney Leiendecker during his Nov. 2016 runoff. In July 2019, the state awarded Dominion Systems a $108 million, 10-year contract to provide Georgia’s new voting system. On Oct. 2, 2019, the Clayton News reported that Leidendecker, along with Raffensperger and Dominion Systems’ senior manager Scott Tucker, presented the new system to citizens at the Frank Bailey Senior Center in Riverdale. Leiendecker has disavowed any connection between the timing of his family’s donations in Louisiana and Missouri and subsequent contracts.

Democratic Party of Georgia spokesperson Maggie Chambers issued this statement:

“So far this Election Day, we have received countless reports of widespread voting issues in every corner of the state, and this is not limited to Fulton County or the metro area alone. The Secretary of State’s job is to provide adequate support and training for counties as he implemented Georgia’s new voting system, and he has failed. Across the state, Georgia voters are waiting for hours to cast their ballots because Georgia’s system is failing them. We demand statewide action by the Secretary of State — the chief elections official in Georgia— to fix this problem immediately before we see these issues for every election this cycle.” 

10:44 a.m.: WABE’s Susanna Capelouto reports the line “300 deep” at Old Fourth Ward:

10:40 a.m.: A voter told 11Alive photojournalist Aden Brown that she had been stnding in line for nearly three hours by 9 a.m. at the Louise Watley Library, 1463 Pryor Road, Sandtown (01J, 12S).

10:01 a.m.: A voter said he stood in line for over two hours (from 6:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.) at Cliftondale Community House, 4645 Butner Road, South Fulton (SC05A, SC05D, SC05E):

9:57 a.m.: A voter said only one machine was working at her Westview precinct in southwest Atlanta.

9:30 a.m.: E.W. Oliver appears to be up and running. A poll supervisor declined comment and referred questions to her supervisor.

9:15 a.m.: A voter tweeted that only 3 people at a time could enter Bear Creek Middle School, 7415 Herndon Road, Fairburn (SC07A, SC07C):

9:11 a.m.: A voter at Fickett Elementary, 3935 Rux Road in southwest Atlanta (11C) said it took her an hour and 45 minutes to vote:

9:00 a.m.: A voter who said she threw out an absentee ballot that did not show Sheriff Victor Hill’s name was turned away from the polls at Victory Point International, 721 Morrow Road in Forest Park (FP5).

8:30 a.m.: WABE’s Susanna Capelouto reported problems with machines (no password to unlock) and a long line at a precinct in the Old Fourth Ward. WSB Radio reported similar problems at a precinct on Campbellton Road, where voters were being given absentee ballots while poll workers waited on tech support.

8:25 a.m.: Poll workers at Fountain Elementary (FP3), 5212 West St., Forest Park, say the machines sometimes lock up randomly. They say they move the voter to another machine while re-entering the unlock code. At Pittman Park, 950 Garibaldi in southwest Atlanta (12K, 12N), a voter said the polls did not open until 8:10 a.m. and that the only machine was not working:

7:55 a.m.: A voter reported machines down at Lake Ridge Elementary School, 1300 Lake Ridge Circle, Riverdale (RD02).

7:50 a.m.: A voter reported machines down at E. W. Oliver, 1725 Cheryl Leigh Dr., Riverdale, GA 30296 (RD01)

7:44 a.m.: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tweets that voters at Ralph Bunche Elementary, 1925 Niskey Lake Road in southwest Atlanta (11B), told her all the machines were down: