Technical issues caused long lines and forced voters to resort to paper ballots in at least two Gwinnett County precincts Tuesday morning.
Gwinnett County officials confirmed that the electronic Express Polls — which are used to check voters into their precincts — were temporarily down at Anderson-Livsey Elementary School near Snellville. The line of hundreds of waiting voters stretched the entire length of the school.
Around 10:20 a.m., Gwinnett County spokesman Joe Sorenson said the issues at Anderson-Livsey had been resolved — but confirmed that similar problems continued at the Annistown Elementary School precinct, about four miles to the south.
Sorenson said the Express Polls issue was not electrical and happens from time to time. New equipment will be brought in, he said.
In the meantime, poll workers were able to use paper voter rolls and voters were able to cast paper ballots. Those ballots, which are akin to standardized testing forms, are later scanned by machines, not by people, and county officials said the paper ballots will be counted.
They also said the problems might have had something to do with the cards used on the machines.
Some voters said they don’t trust paper ballots.
“I don’t like that because of the problems they’ve had in the past with the paper ballots. I wanted to come in, do my voting and get out and that didn’t happen today,” one voter said.
“It was very frustrating," another voter said.
Some left, but vowed to return after the machines were fixed.
Voters at Pittman Park in Fulton County said at one point they had been standing in line for hours because the precinct had just three voting machines. Volunteers passed out pizza and drinks to feed and hydrate the patient voters.
"We are passing out snacks to people who have been waiting a long time," a volunteer said.
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Not having enough ballots
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Dealing with ballots that are confusing
No help or lack of help with voting procedures for people with limited ability to speak English
No accommodation for handicapped voters
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