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Long lines at Chatham CO. polls

SAVANNAH, Ga., (WSAV) - Many voters encountered problems at their polling place on Tuesday. Everything from long lines to broken voting machines. On election night, we showed you people lined up still waiting to vote after the polls were closed.

 

At Seventh Day Adventist Church in Pooler, some voters waited in line for more than three hours.

 

"I’ve been here for three hours. I got here at 5:21 and I stood in line because my ancestors paved the way for me to stand in that line and be able to vote,” Renee Buckles said.

 

But she wasn’t the only ones. Many complained statewide. But in Pooler, it was a different story.

 

"I vote at this precinct all the time and I have never had to wait more than five minutes to vote,” Buckles said.

 

Although Georgia shattered early voting numbers, officials say they didn't expect this turnout.

 

"We were well prepared I'd say for a big turn out for a midterm election. we were not prepared for a presidential turnout. so what we had was a turnout that was about twice as heavy as a typical midterm election,” Chatham County Board of Election Chairman Tom Mahoney says.

 

As of now according to the Secretary of State, 3.9 million voted compared to 2.6 million in 2014.

That number could increase as absentee and provisional ballots are still being accounted for.

But Mahoney says the rise in voter turnout is a good thing.

 

"In some of our past elections where I had a staff at all 90 polls twiddling their thumbs waiting for someone to vote,” Mahoney says. “We could have deployed more machines if we had known there was going to be that kind of turn out we didn't. We didn't. And some of those decisions were made last summer."

 

But he says they are already looking at ways to improve the process before voters head to the polls in  2020.

 


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