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Giving Free Food to Voters Allowed in Practice Despite Legal Gray Area

¿Por qué los votantes no blancos de Georgia tienen que hacer filas durante horas? Hay muchos más ahora, pero tienen menos lugares de votación.

Un grupo de electores en el Centro de Bienvenida de Christian City en Union City, Georgia, durante las primarias estatales de junio. Algunos residentes tuvieron que esperar cinco horas. (Dustin Chambers/Reuters)

El padrón electoral de Georgia ha aumentado en casi dos millones desde que el Tribunal Supremo de los EE. UU. invalidó la Ley de Derechos de Votación en 2013, pero los centros de votación se han reducido en casi un 10% y la zona metropolitana de Atlanta se ha visto particularmente afectada.

Why Do Nonwhite Georgia Voters Have to Wait in Line for Hours? Their Numbers Have Soared, and Their Polling Places Have Dwindled.

Voters at Christian City Welcome Center in Union City, Georgia, during the state’s June primary. For some residents, it was a five-hour wait. (Dustin Chambers/Reuters)

The state’s voter rolls have grown by nearly 2 million since the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013, but polling locations have been cut by almost 10%, with Metro Atlanta hit particularly hard.

Long Lines Mark the First Day of Early Voting in Georgia as Voters Flock to the Polls

Georgia Polling Location to Stay Open Later After Machine Issues

The Annistown Elementary School precinct near Snellville, Georgia, will remain open until 7:25 p.m. after opening late and experiencing issues with its voting machines.

Georgia Voters Face Hourslong Waits as State Scrambles to Accommodate Turnout

A line backs up into a parking garage outside a polling site in Atlanta. (David Goldman/AP Photo)

Poll workers in Georgia appear to have been unprepared for the waves of voters who turned out on Tuesday. Officials were scrambling to bring additional equipment to the polls and to field calls from frustrated voters forced to wait in line for hours across the state. Meanwhile, some who called county officials got busy signals or reached voicemail boxes for election offices that were full.

Georgia Officials Quietly Patched Security Holes They Said Didn’t Exist

People cast their ballots in early voting on Oct. 27, 2018, in Marietta, Georgia. (Mike Stewart/AP Photo)

On Sunday morning, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp unleashed a stunning allegation: State Democrats had committed “possible cyber crimes” after a tipster told party officials he had found gaping security holes in the state’s voter information website. The affair quickly degenerated into volleying charges about whether Democrats had promptly informed officials of the possible security breach.

A representative for Kemp, the state’s Republican candidate for governor, denied vulnerabilities existed in the state’s voter-lookup site and said the problems alleged could not be reproduced. But in the evening hours of Sunday, as the political storm raged, ProPublica found state officials quietly rewriting the website’s computer code.

Georgia’s “Exact Match” Law: Whose Registrations Are on Hold?

Electionland partner GPB News analyzed the Georgia voter registrations that are “pending” because of mismatched names, addresses and Social Security numbers. Here’s a look at the figures.

Nearly 47,000 Voter Registrations Still Flagged Under Georgia’s “Exact Match” Law

The policy compares voter registration applications against government records and flags those that don’t match up exactly. Affected voters can still cast their ballots if they present valid ID at the polls.

Voter Purges: What Georgians Heading to the Polls Need to Know

Voter stickers during the primary runoff elections at a polling location in Atlanta, Georgia. (Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Charges of voter suppression have been levied in the governor’s race in Georgia in recent weeks, pitting the secretary of state and GOP candidate Brian Kemp against critics, including his Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams, who say that he’s using his perch as the chief election official to benefit his own candidacy.

The race, which the Cook Political Report currently lists as a toss-up, has received national attention. The controversy has raised questions about whether some Georgians will be turned away at the polls.

Here’s what’s happened so far, and what voters need to know.

Nearly 1 in 10 Mail Ballots Thrown Out in Georgia County

Election officials in Gwinnett County, Georgia, have thrown out almost one in 10 of the vote-by-mail ballots cast. Officials cannot explain why, though they deny it was done out of malice. Citizens whose votes have been rejected can resubmit their ballots or vote in person, but advocates say that this puts an undue burden on voters.

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