COBB COUNTY, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — The polls closed at 7 p.m. Friday night, marking the end of early voting ahead of the November election, but hundreds of people were still waiting in long lines to cast their ballots.

Most voters were willing to wait it out. “It is what it is. It’s that time, so we gotta do what we gotta do,” said Cobb County voter Gary Dorsey. Another early voter, Ashia Anderson, said it was worth the wait. “If you want a change, you gotta go out and do something about it and vote, she said.

Lines were short at some locations, but just as Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger had warned, some were long for the final push before Election Day on November 3.

Although there wasn’t much complaining, organizers with Vote.org see things differently. “Long lines are a form of voter suppression, and we need to do everything in our power to contact that,” said Sydney Rose, the organization’s director of programs. They coordinated with local food truck vendors in Metro Atlanta and around the country during early voting, serving free food for those waiting it out. “It is very important to make sure everyone stays at the poll and ends up casting their ballot,” Rose said. They plan to serve voters again on Election Day.

Officials are now looking ahead to November 3, urging the public to confirm their voting location online on the  Georgia My Voter Page. “We here in Cobb have done a lot of polling place changes, so people need to know exactly where they need to go,” said Cobb County Elections Director Janine Eveler.

She also says if you received an absentee ballot but want to vote in person, make sure you bring it with you on Election Day so they can easily cancel it.

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