Fulton County Votes To Not Extend Voting Hours

So says the AJC:

The Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections voted unanimously Monday morning not to seek permission to extend polling hours on Election Day.

Board members said that they think the number of voting machines per person is sufficient to handle the load.

“We project all voters will have a reasonable opportunity to cast their ballots,” said Board Chairman Justine Boyd.

The county has one voting unit for every 175 to 186 registered voters who have not voted yet, assuming a 90 percent turnout.

The city of Atlanta had requested the extended hours.

Question:  Doesn’t state law dictate that voting hours occur between 7 and 7?  Does the county with the blessing of the DOJ have the power to extend beyond these hours tomorrow?

8 comments

  1. odinseye2k says:

    “The county has one voting unit for every 175 to 186 registered voters who have not voted yet, assuming a 90 percent turnout.”

    I posted the above from the article. If this is the metric they are using to measure, I think it is a reasonable one to toss out there. I also hope that the machines were allocated proportionally to precinct population, rather than just having Fulton count all the machines in storage and dividing through the number of people in the county.

    Further, we’ve got to estimate that it takes a prepared person around … what? Five minutes to fill out a full ballot? That’s about 15 hours, if you believe the load is distributed nicely throughout, even though it definitely will not be.

    If you figure that 50% of the people will show up after 5 in the evening, we may have some problems.

  2. odinseye2k says:

    PS – If anyone wants to slice the numbers differently, I’d be happy to entertain alternate scenarios.

  3. Bill Simon says:

    ““We project all voters will have a reasonable opportunity to cast their ballots,” said Board Chairman Justine Boyd.”

    Obviously Justine Boyd is a Republican who is anti-black and clearly a racist…

  4. Vic says:

    odin, don’t expect Georgia Board of Election people to do math, they have machines made in venezuala for that.

  5. DemBones says:

    Everyone who is in line to vote before the polls close at 7 pm will be allowed to vote. Extending the hours would just allow people to show up at 8 or 9 pm to get in line instead of at 7 pm to get in line. If they really want to vote, it is not unreasonable to expect them to arrive before 7 pm on election day to exercise that right. If that is too difficult, they could have exercised their right to vote early or absentee like more than 25% of the registered voters in Georgia decided to do.

    Extending voting hours only punishes our already overworked poll workers.

    Is it too early to extend a big “Thank YOU!” to all of the people who have signed up and gone through training to assist people in exercising their rights? Thank you to all of the Poll Workers who strive to make this system work!

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