Hours-long waiting lines have been observed across Georgia on Monday as voters gathered around polling stations to take part in the first day of early voting in the state.
The videos and photos circulating online show how mostly masked people are sticking to a place in extended queues, while in compliance with social distancing rules.
Some of them even brought folding chairs with them, probably inspired by a similar experience among voters in Virginia, where early voting kicked off in September.
I waited 5 hrs and 7 mins to vote early in #Georgia today. The line was crazy because it’s the first day of early in-person voting. But, it was worth it! #GeorgiaVotes #GApol @fairfightaction #BidenHarris #KHive #DumpTrump #Vote #VoteHimOut #JonOssoff #Election2020 pic.twitter.com/KP9awlLARr— Matt (@MrPruneJuice) October 12, 2020
The problem was observed in Cobb, DeKalb, Forsyth, Gwinnett and Floyd counties, where some people reportedly had to wait as long as 12 hours to cast their ballot.
The line of voters at George Pierce Park in Suwanee.... pic.twitter.com/3stVPEuyZp— tyler, the reporter (@ByTylerEstep) October 12, 2020
Here’s the current situation at Cobb County’s early voting site in Marietta, Georgia. About 250 people remain in line—with 60 voting each hour. We spoke with someone who arrived at 7am and just voted. We have hot food on the way & will be serving dinner shortly! #ChefsForThePolls pic.twitter.com/UxUn7v8LMy— World Central Kitchen (@WCKitchen) October 12, 2020
Now at 11hrs in line but we are next! A long journey but wouldn’t be anywhere else! Please vote everyone! pic.twitter.com/ifRcbK1XRm— Johnta Austin (@johntalsr) October 12, 2020
According to The Guardian, in some places, such as State Farm Arena in Atlanta, the long-wait was caused by reported problems with the electronic pollbooks that are used to check in voters. In Cobb County, the lack of space in rooms and in parking was blamed for the extreme queues, according to Janine Eveler, the county’s elections and registration director.
The line outside State Farm Arena. pic.twitter.com/J2oMFJecRl— THIS IS A MARIAH CAREY STAN ACCOUNT (@newsworthy17) October 12, 2020
In the United States, more than 35 states will offer early in-person voting from 5 to 30 days prior to the Election Day on 3 November. According to the US Election Project, more than 10 million Americans have already casted their vote.