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Brian Kemp had trouble voting -- in his own election. Here are other voting issues stories from around the state

Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp casts his ballot as his youngest daughter Amy Porter looks on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Winterville, Ga. Kemp is in a close race with Democrat Stacey Abrams.
Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp casts his ballot as his youngest daughter Amy Porter looks on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Winterville, Ga. Kemp is in a close race with Democrat Stacey Abrams. AP

The polls were set to close in Georgia at 7 p.m. but due to malfunctions, lack of equipment and various other issues there were extensions being made across the state.

Brian Kemp, the Republican nominee for Governor, had an issue voting in the election when his voter card came up as an “invalid” according to WSB-TV. Kemp is overseeing voting in the election as the current Secretary of State. He was forced to get another card to submit his votes.

It wasn’t just high profile voters who had issues. Near Snellville, a judge ordered that the the Annistown Elementary School precinct stay open until 7:25 p.m. according to the Snellville Patch. It was then extended further out until 9:25 p.m. according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. It is one of three Gwinnett voting sites that had issues with the system.

The other two Gwinnett sites were the Anderson-Livsey Elementary which remained open until 7:30 p.m. and Harbins Elementary which remained open until 7:14 p.m. Gwinnett County is the second-largest county in the state.

The Anderson-Livsey Elementary location was impacted by power cords not being plugged into the walls and the battery power ran out on the machines causing them to fail according to NBC News. The issue was resolved according to the AJC.

In Fulton County, the issues was not with malfunctions but lack of equipment. There were only three machines available to vote at Atlanta’s Pittman Park Recreation Center according to a tweet by Jason Carter, the former Georgia state Senator and an article by Vox media. The lines were still estimated as two hours long as of 7:15 p.m.

Carter also reported that people showed up to play music and serve food to keep people in line.

In a Tuesday morning press conference, Fulton County Election Director Rick Barron said that the precinct is suppose to have a machine for every 350 registered voters. The number of voters was entered in wrong causing the shortage. WSB-TV reported that five additional machines were later transported into the precinct.

Some delays in an Atlanta polling place were blamed on overloaded machines, workers skipping out on the job and the ballot being “really long,” according to the Associated Press.

The NAACP announced on twitter that the Georgia branch won a lawsuit that will extend voting times in two precincts near Spelman and Morehouse. Polls will now close at 10:00 p.m. in those locations.

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