Groups call for voting extension in Georgia after Zeta

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A voter casts their vote in the glow of a voting machine during early voting at the Dunwoody Library after Hurricane Zeta knocked out power in the surrounding areas on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Dunwoody, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

ATLANTA (AP) — A group of civil rights organizations is asking Georgia’s governor to extend early voting hours Friday after the storm disrupted voting Thursday in the battleground state.

Groups including the Georgia NAACP and Fair Fight Action called on Republican Gov. Brian Kemp to use emergency powers to order voting be extended through 9 p.m. Friday in affected areas.

Voting was disrupted at some sites in metro Atlanta and north Georgia after the storm caused power outages. Several polling places opened late.

In Douglas County, in Atlanta’s western suburbs, all six polling locations were without power, as were county offices.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger says that in total, 15 counties were affected. At least one county, Habersham County in northeast Georgia, said it would not hold voting at all Thursday.

Poll workers walk through dark voting booths during early voting at the Dunwoody Library after Hurricane Zeta knocked out power in the surrounding areas on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Dunwoody, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Friday is Georgia’s last day of early in-person voting. Record numbers of voters have cast ballots early in the state.

Kemp spokesman Cody Hall did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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