Georgia voters report issues at some polling locations

The primary races are heating up, and apparently the voting booths are, too.

A voter at the Virginia-Highland precinct across from Inman Middle School tells the AJC that the air conditioning wasn’t working at 9 a.m.

The voter also said the polling place did not open for voting until 8:45 a.m.

Another voter reported “plenty of confusion” at a precinct on North Druid Hills Road.

The voter asked for a Democratic ballot but was given a card that activated the Republican primary ballot on the electronic voting machine.

The voter spoke to a poll worker who helped eject the ballot activation card.

But the card wouldn’t clear, even after the help of additional poll workers.

That meant the voter eventually had to fill out a “provisional ballot” — one that’s used when the voter’s eligibility is in question — by hand.

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26 comments Add your comment

Anna

July 20th, 2010
10:21 am

I am a registered voter in Covington, GA. I had to go online and search for a phone number and call before I could find out where to go to vote. Obviously not everyone has these resources.

Roswell Voter

July 20th, 2010
10:25 am

I voted in Roswell this morning, at the same school I always vote at. Voted a little before 8am, no lines, no problems, everything went smoothly as planned. I wouldn’t want two isolated hang ups to prevent people from going to vote!

Endorsement Hoar

July 20th, 2010
10:31 am

I’ve been telling everyone all week – Republicans vote today – the Democratic primary is TOMORROW.

It's too HOT!

July 20th, 2010
10:33 am

Ohhh – no air conditioning. I guess all the lazy people now will stay home because it’s too hot! What a bunch of wimps. People have been voting for centuries with no air conditioning. Open a window, people!

HC

July 20th, 2010
10:40 am

Went to vote at my designated precinct in Hall County. “Sorry sir your not on the list” Turns out I was not even on the state voting list…Paid over $8,000 in property taxes last year, have had my drivers license at my current address almost two years, have previously voted in Hall County many years, have been called to – and served on jury duty in Hall County. Why in this day and time in computerized cross referenced databases are tax paying citizens being disenfranchised by an archaic voter registration system? And why cannot my registration problem be taken care of at the polls when there is an obviously qualified voter who wishes to vote??? I was the only person there, and there were no less than 10 poll workers. How many poll workers does it take to register one voter? I was not even offered a token provisional ballot – if nothing else it could have made me feel better…And what makes me really mad, is I know somewhere in this county, illegals have slid through the cracks and voted, while me, a born and bred Georgian only gets to watch them.

Jim Swilley

July 20th, 2010
10:42 am

When I called for the Democratic polling location, I was given the address to a cornfield up in Franklin County. Cooter and Bubba chased me off with a shotgun, but I feel I should be compensated for the gasoline required to drive the 2+ hours from Clayton Co. and back.

Disgusted

July 20th, 2010
10:45 am

I have a VERY short commute and saw MANY violations as I have in the weeks leading up, but today is horrible! Signs littering at polling locations of Yellow River Baptist, New Mercies and the church on the corner of 29 and Harbins Rd! VERY CONCERNING is the idiots campaigning at the intersection of 29 and Indian Trail. This intersection is congested and dangerous on any day. We don’t need morons waving signs and jumping around like crackheads on each corner adding further distraction and jeopardizing public safety.

Mike

July 20th, 2010
10:48 am

@Endorsement Hoar – You are the exact problem with this state.

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July 20th, 2010
10:51 am

River Eves Elementary about 7:15AM. there were maybe 3 other people in there. I was in and out in 5 minutes.

A/C out is a “voting issue”? Give me an f’ing break.

You touch the screen on the name you want to vote for. If you can’t figure out these machines, you are too stupid to have the right to vote anyway.

George P.

July 20th, 2010
10:51 am

Pretty poorly trained poll workers at Henderson Mill Elementary in DeKalb. Lots of unnecessary confusion.

George

July 20th, 2010
10:53 am

Endorsement, I assume you’re joking. People get arrested for that sort of thing. For the humor and history-impaired among us, BOTH DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN PRIMARIES ARE TODAY.

ViHi Voter

July 20th, 2010
10:59 am

Inman middle school has had voting problems for several years. In 2004, they tried to tell me I could not vote in the run-off because I had voted Republican. I was voting in the runoff because there was a non-partisan runoff. I had to get Cathy Cox (who unlike Karen Handel is competent) on the phone to tell the fulton county idiots I could vote.

Snellville

July 20th, 2010
11:01 am

I voted this morning in Snellville, but the Sunday alcohol sale vote was nowhere on the ballot, I asked a poll worker if this was supposed to be on the ballot, but she said that is not a question she can answer.

Endorsement Hoar

July 20th, 2010
11:02 am

Just doing my part to keep the stupid democraps from running the state agin.

lmno

July 20th, 2010
11:08 am

I was the only one voting at my polling place. There were no constiutional questions or referendums. I was under the impression that there would be.

???

Decatur Daddy

July 20th, 2010
11:12 am

Voted at 7:30 this morning – no problems – easy in and out – Decatur precinct workers ROCK!

Another Snellville citizen

July 20th, 2010
11:13 am

Hey Snellville,

Since that is a city referendum, you have to go to the Snellville City Hall to cast that vote.

Kari S.

July 20th, 2010
11:13 am

There were no signs at Inman Middle School to alert voters as to the location of the one open door at the back of the building. When we called to ask why the building was not open at 8AM, we were told that it was but there were no signs posted so as not to confuse voters at the OTHER polling place across the street–the Virginia Ave Baptist Church. The Virginia Ave Baptist Church was not yet unlocked due to a communication breakdown.

Response to HC

July 20th, 2010
11:21 am

HC – That is what the Secretary of States office is for. I would recommend you call them now to get assistance with your problem. You only become disenfranchised when the poll closes.

Marm

July 20th, 2010
11:32 am

Went to vote at our usual location in Woodridge Elementary, Dekalb County..in and out within 10 mins. Have never had a problem there. We all need to be educated voters and that doesn’t just mean who to vote for but what number to call in the event of a problem.

Previous Poll Manager

July 20th, 2010
1:08 pm

You can go online to see IF you are registered to vote and WHERE you vote. The link is : http://www.sos.georgia.gov/MVP/Login.aspx
Be smart and check ahead of time.

kp

July 20th, 2010
1:42 pm

didn’t find out until -after- my card was ejected that any vote cast for cathy cox would be nullified.

Ormewood

July 20th, 2010
1:47 pm

All went great at Ormewood Presbyterian … and KP, I certainly hope you mean Kathy Cox! Otherwise, your ballot is four years old!

Bright Bulb

July 20th, 2010
2:00 pm

I’m a life-long Democrat, and I can hardly wait until tomorrow when I get a chance to vote for Ol’ Roy!

Ron

July 20th, 2010
2:07 pm

Jim, you were at the correct place. You just needed to go to the middle of the cornfield to find your place. Bubba and his buddy were only providing poll security.

Ray

August 10th, 2010
2:58 pm

I tried to vote at Taylor Farm Park in Powder Springs but I was told that I CAN NOT vote unless I select “Democrat” or “Republican”. Is this true? Why must I select one of the two parties to vote? Anyway, they kept my card (after I signed it without voting).