FULTON COUNTY, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — Despite the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, the highest turnout of voters in history is expected tomorrow for the Georgia primary. This comes after the primary was delayed twice as a result of the pandemic.
It also comes after several precincts have closed and some polling locations in DeKalb County were relocated.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said in a press conference today lines will much longer than normal for this election, because people will be required to stand six feet apart to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
In addition, new voting machines and paper ballots will be used for the first time in decades, requiring more processing time, and a limited number of people are working the polls in some counties.
This is a high stake election as well, with congressional and U.S. Senate seats up for grabs leading all the way up to President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Raffensperger said 1.2 million people have already voted, and he said he expects many absentee ballots to be submitted before all votes are counted. The 1.2 million includes absentee and early voting.
He said, historically, 50% of voters show up on Election Day. He said between 250,000 to 400,000 people are expected to show up tomorrow, which he said is the reason for urging people to vote early.
In addition, he addressed a number of questions people have ahead of Election Day.
One day before the election, some voters still have not received their absentee ballots, although they were told the ballots were mailed in late-May.
Raffensperger said if you receive it today, you can still drop it off by 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Those who don’t receive them in time are urged to show up to their polling location in person to have their absentee ballots nullified. Then they can vote in person.
While the polls generally close at 7 p.m., he said some counties have opted to remain open until 8 p.m. He said they won’t start the process of counting the votes until all of the polls are closed.
After the polls close, Raffensperger said it could take a couple of days before all of the votes are counted.
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