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Heat, Rain, Long Lines: Georgia Election Plagued by Problems

Voters in some Georgia precincts are enduring heat, pouring rain and waits as long as five hours to cast ballots in Tuesday's elections. It demonstrated a fierce desire to participate in the democratic process while raising questions about the emerging battleground state's ability to manage elections in November.

Credit Steve SchaeferAtlanta Journal-Constitution via AP
Voters wait in a line that stretched around the Metropolitan Library in Atlanta, Georgia, Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

A confluence of events disrupted primary elections for president, U.S. Senate and dozens of other contests. The polls were staffed by fewer workers because of concerns about the coronavirus. A reduced workforce contributed to officials consolidating polling places, which disproportionately affected neighborhoods with high concentrations of people of color. Long lines were also reported in whiter suburban areas.

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