No major problems that haven’t been addressed, officials say

By Ernie Suggs, AJC staff writer

Statewide, the secretary of state’s office, said there have been no major problems regarding voting.

“There is nothing systemic, nothing major or statewide that we are concerned with,” said Matt Carrothers, director of media relations for Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp. “Every election, you invariably are going to have a few things pop up. But nothing county election officials, or our office, working in conjunction with them, have not been able to rectify quickly.”

Carrothers said most of the problems have resulted frommisunderstandings. The statewide fraud hotline, for example, got a call about voters being turned away from a poll at one precinct. In actuality, Carrothers said, the voters were being shown the best door to enter.

Voting throughout the state will continue until 7 p.m. As long as you are in line by 7 p.m., you will still be allowed to vote.

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November 2nd, 2010
2:18 pm

At MaryLin this morning (with a handful of people voting) 2 people (one a long time voter and one returning vet who reregistered when she got a drivers licence in March) were not on the rolls. My son just voited (again few people) and there are people who registrations have been stricken. I am not sure I believe the Secretary of State.

lanny zawadi

November 2nd, 2010
3:04 pm

Many complaints about polling places being changed and not receiving notice is a serious problem and needs to be handled by the proper authorities.
Some voters went to Jackson Elementary School in Atlanta only to be told to go to Northside Library on Northside Parkway. Notices were not received even though it was stated that the notice of change was mailed.

lanny zawadi

November 2nd, 2010
3:05 pm

also upon arrival finding that 1 of 5 machines were operarable. At Jackson there have always been at least 12 machines.


November 2nd, 2010
10:03 pm

Precinct 6 Atlanta, GA: Poll Manager allowed children and infants in poll voting area with McDonalds food and allowed them to eat, scream and play unattended by parents or adults. The children were wild and disruptive to the point several adults ask for them to be removed or behave. They were allowed the entire time I was there to roll toys under people’s feet who were voting. I approached one parent (who was in line and encouraging her child to play) who told me the voting area was a gym and refused to contain her children. By the time I voted, another parent had her child hanging over the ballot box, screaming and crying so loudly, I could not finish voting. At no time did any of the volunteers intercept or contain their behavior. I complained at least 5 times to have the volunteers and manager take control of the situation and they would not. Before I left, I asked for the manager’s name and one of the volunteers (Pat Kilmark) ripped her badge off and threw it at me. The manager of Precinct 6-D was Dorothy Walker.