SAVANNAH, Ga. — A judge has extended voting hours at more polling locations in Georgia, where some voters have complained of waiting for hours in long lines.
An order issued Tuesday in Fulton County Superior Court says one polling place in the county, home to much of Atlanta, must allow voters to keep casting ballots until 9 p.m. — a full two hours after polls closed statewide. Two additional polling locations must remain open even longer, until 10 p.m.
A court in neighboring Gwinnett County also extended hours Tuesday at three polling places.
Some Georgia voters have reported waiting as long as three hours to vote Tuesday because of a shortage of voting machines and other problems at poll locations.
Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp — who is also in charge of the state's election — had problems voting.
The Georgia governor's race is one of the most closely-watched in the country, due in part to an ongoing dispute over Kemp's management of the election system.
Kemp had an issue with his voter card when he went to cast his ballot, but it was fixed quickly. He walked by reporters and said: "Take Two."
There have been widespread reports of technical malfunctions and long lines at polling stations across the state.
Over the weekend, a private citizen alerted the Georgia Democratic Party and a private attorney of potential vulnerability in the online voter database that Kemp oversees in his current job as secretary of state.
Kemp later announced, without providing any evidence, that he was launching an investigation into Georgia Democrats for "possible cybercrimes."
Officials in one Georgia county have been ordered to extend voting hours at three poll locations.
Under an order issued Tuesday in Gwinnett County Superior Court, two polling locations in the county are staying open until 7:14 and 7:30 p.m. respectively. A third location will continue allowing voters to cast ballots until 9:25 p.m.
The site staying open latest is Annistown Elementary school, where some voters reported waiting in line up to three hours Tuesday.
Joe Sorenson is a spokesman for the Gwinnett County, Georgia, supervisor of elections. He said earlier Tuesday some precincts had issues with "express polls," which create cards that amount to electronic ballots.
Voters in an Atlanta neighborhood arrived at a library that's been their polling site for years to find a car with two hand-written signs on its windshield that said, "NOT A VOTING LOCATION."
Jessica Olson says she's lived in the Midtown neighborhood near the library polling place where she's voted for nearly 10 years. Suddenly this year, she was told she isn't supposed to vote here. Instead, she's supposed to go to a church nearly 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) away.
In this pedestrian neighborhood, many walk to the polls.
Fulton County said in a statement that the change was made in early 2018 because the library will close for renovations.
At the new polling site at the church, 26-year-old Mylandria Ponder says she's been waiting an hour and 20 minutes and now is leaving, although she hopes to return later in the day.
Some voters in one of Georgia's most diverse counties are complaining that they've had to wait more than 3 hours to cast their ballots at a polling place in Snellville, east of Atlanta.
Ontaria Woods said she arrived at Annistown Elementary School at 7 a.m. Tuesday to vote. More than three hours later, she was still waiting, with roughly 75 to 100 people in line. She said she witnessed about two dozen people leave in frustration without voting because of the long wait.
Joe Sorenson is a spokesman for the Gwinnett County, Georgia, supervisor of elections. He says he can't confirm the wait times, but he says four precincts have had issues with "express polls," which create cards that amount to electronic ballots.
The elections director in Atlanta says he's heard of long lines Tuesday morning but no other issues, despite what has been posted on Twitter.
Richard Barron, Fulton County's director of registration and Elections, says "Twitter's irrelevant," and he doesn't trust anything he reads there.
He blames some problems on a limited number of machines available because of a federal judge's order to sequester more than 700 of the county's voting machines more than a year ago.
Barron said the county only had 40 spare machines, so if there are widespread problems, that judge's order was not going to help matters.
Georgia voters finally get their say in a hotly contested gubernatorial race.
Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams have been locked in a tight race for months.
There were problems with the voting machines in Gwinnett County on Tuesday morning. Paper ballots were being used at a school near Snellville. Hundreds of voters were in line late Tuesday morning, waiting to make their choices.
Gwinnett County spokesman Joe Sorenson said the problem was not electrical. He said new equipment is being brought to the school.
Georgia Democrats hope enthusiasm for Abrams' gubernatorial campaign will help them win open seats for lieutenant governor, secretary of state and insurance commissioner.
Republicans have held all the statewide offices in Georgia since 2010.
Georgia voters are turning out to decide several key Election Day contests beyond the heated race for governor between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp.
Democrats hope enthusiasm for Abrams' campaign will also help them win open seats for lieutenant governor, secretary of state and insurance commissioner. Republicans have successfully shut out Democrats from holding any statewide office in Georgia since 2010.
Republican Reps. Karen Handel and Rob Woodall face strong Democratic challengers in metro Atlanta congressional districts long considered safe for the GOP. Democrats see a potential opening as demographic shifts have made the Atlanta suburbs less white.
Meanwhile, Republican incumbents on the utility-regulating Public Service Commission are running amid an outcry over spiraling costs for the Plant Vogtle nuclear plant expansion.