Excuse the headline, but that’s the logic that the local news media and many of the left-leaning bloggers on here have been using this week.
Failing to adequately prepare for the numbers of advance voters, many metro counties dealt with long lines this week, with some reports of lines exceeding 6 hours at various locations. Fulton County managed to bungle a precinct bad enough in South Atlanta that the obvious solution, instead of fixing the problem, was to get Vincent Fort and a few other elected officials in front of news cameras to denounce Karen Handel and the Governor. Admittedly, getting Senator Fort in front of a camera to scream about voter disenfranchisement and racism is much easier than plugging the system back in.
Though counties outside of the metro area seemed to avoid this problem (Fayette County, as an example, has voted over half of their registered voters already, with walk up voting available most of the time), the metro counties chose to point fingers at the State, knowing full well that the SOS office nor the Governor sets the days or hours of voting times.
After a week of demagoging the issue, Clayton finally got around to asking the DOJ to extend early voting to Saturday last night. Their request was rejected.
Coweta County, btw, will have advance voting today from 9:00 to 12:00 noon. They received pre-clearance for this decades ago.
I should also point out that each county had different hours for advance voting, with hours selected by the counties. Some went 7:00 to 7:00, others had shorter hours.
Point being, these decisions were made at the County level. If you don’t like how advance voting went in your county, take your county commissioners to task. The Secretary of State is busy trying to manage an election.