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Fulton County To Revote On Closing Polling Locations

Aug 11, 2017
The six polling locations on the chopping block are in predominantly black neighborhoods in South Atlanta.
Gerald Herbert / Associated Press

Fulton County's Board of Registration and Elections will vote for the second time Monday morning on whether to shut down six polling locations.

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The board approved closing the polling locations, which are in predominantly black neighborhoods, last month.

Elections officials said not enough people use those locations to justify keeping them open.

The ACLU sued saying the board didn't give the public enough notice of the proposed changes before taking a vote.

Fulton Voting Precincts Might Close In Black Neighborhoods

Jul 14, 2017
David Goldman / Associated Press File

Fulton County's Board of Registration and Elections voted unanimously on Thursday to propose closing six polling places, consolidating them with other existing voting locations. All of them are in predominantly black neighborhoods in South Atlanta.

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The board says most people in these polling places vote early anyway and don't frequent the locations often enough to justify keeping them open. 

Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

Voters assigned to two Fulton County polling locations will have extra time to vote in the special 6th Congressional District election due to the locations not opening at 7 a.m.

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Eligible voters whose designated polling locations are Centennial High School or Johns Creek Environmental Campus will have extra time to vote, a statement from Fulton County said. Centennial High School will close at 7:35 p.m. and Johns Creek Environmental Campus will close at 7:55 p.m. 

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Partisan primary elections are underway in Georgia.

Fulton County officials say they day got off on the right foot, with all polling locations opening on time.

However, they stress, there's no such thing as a perfect election.

"You have, you know, tens of thousands of voters showing up, so there's  bound to be issues but the problems in comparison to the number of successes.....You know, if you actually added those up, you know, the problems are few," says Richard Barron, Fulton County's director of registration and elections.

Aleck Ragsdale

A polling location in Atlanta's Candler Park were giving out ballots with the wrong names on them for the first two hours of voting this morning. Aleck Ragsdale has this report. 


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