From Axios’ morning email thingie:
Georgia’s secretary of state launched an investigation into issues with the state’s new $104 million voting machines, which caused widespread disruptions to yesterday’s primary elections, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
- The issues, which caused long lines and led some voters to give up, were due to operational malfunctions, according to the state’s voting implementation manager.
- Poll workers told the AJC that they received on-the-job training after being hired at the last minute due to hundreds quitting before the election over coronavirus fears.
- Officials also said the chaos was the result of fewer voting precincts, protests and issues with absentee ballots — in addition to pandemic fears and the machine problems.
👀 “If this is a preview of November, then we’re in trouble,” said DeKalb County Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson.
In other words, the Republicans voter suppression operation kicked into gear.
The Pod Save Whatevs email tells us:
…voters had to wait in hours-long lines because some polling places were forced to close for lack of staffing and others were supplied with broken voting machines. Georgia has closed a slew of polling sites in black communities over the past few years, so guess where the lines were? Last week’s primaries in Maryland and Washington, DC, saw similar lines after many voters who requested absentee ballots failed to receive them.
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!)
The voting issues and delays in reporting results provided a potential preview of the November general election under pandemic rules: polling places closed and consolidated because of a lack of staff, restrictions on occupancy to comply with social distancing rules and multi-fold increases in the number of voters casting absentee ballots that must be verified.
“Due to the nature of this election, we have said multiple times that election results will take time to receive, validate, and post,” Georgia statewide voting implementation manager Gabriel Sterling said in a statement circulated by the secretary of state’s office early Wednesday. “Voting in a pandemic has posed a variety [of] issues for the elections officials as well as the voters. We look forward to sharing full results.”
Speaking of Brother Pierce:
And I cannot think of a better way to conclude this post.