ATLANTA — Citing delayed openings and other problems, some polling locations will remain open beyond the official 7 p.m. closing time.
Due to delays, a superior court judge has extended voting hours at two Cherokee County voting sites: Allen Temple AME in Woodstock, at 232 Arnold Mill Rd., until 7:12 p.m., and Canton City Hall until 7:15 p.m.
A judge has signed an order to keep the Sope Creek 02 precinct in Marietta open an additional 20 minutes, county officials said. There was a delayed opening this morning due to a late-arriving poll manager.
The Valley Brook Baptist Church site at 1198 N. Valley Brook Road in Decatur will be open until 7:40 p.m., and Obama Elementary at 3132 Clifton Church Rd. SE in Atlanta will be open until 7:45 p.m.
"This extension was requested, in an abundance of caution, to ensure that all electors at the locations have the required full 12 hours of voting," a release said.
The Bethune Elementary School polling site will remain open until 7:40 p.m., according to a judge's order.
At the time the poll opened, due to technical issues workers did not begin processing voters until 7:40 a.m. All voters in line until 7:40 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
The Ferguson Elementary School precinct in Duluth will remain open until 7:20 p.m., per a judge's order, after a power outage earlier in the day caused delays for voters.
The South Gwinnett Baptist Church precinct will stay open until 7:04 p.m.
The county annex precinct will remain open until 7:40 p.m. after it failed to open on time, a judge's order said.
Mount Vernon Baptist Church had a delayed opening due to poll workers experiencing problems with the electronic poll books, elections officials said. Because of the 15 minute delay, the precinct will remain open until 7:15 p.m.
All 18 precincts in the county will be open until 9 p.m. following issues this morning with polling pads, causing a nearly two-hour delay in getting the polls open for voters.
Spalding County Elections Director Marcia Ridley said the people who make the voting machines caught the issue at 7:05 a.m. and said a technician had to go to each precinct to reset the poll pads.
One voter told 11Alive that she saw a lot of people leaving once they said the machines were down.
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