State Elections Officials In Georgia Shift Blame To Local Officials After Election Turns Into A HOT MESS

Lines that stretched for blocks. Smoldering Heat. Humidity. Rain. Mosquitoes. Thirst. Voting machines that malfunctioned, or didn’t work at all. Yesterday’s primary election in Georgia turned into a rainy, muggy mess as thousands of voters were left standing in lines for up to 9 hours in order to cast their votes for a slew of offices.

Part of the issue were new voting machines that Georgia elections officials controversially put into place last year. These machines were at the heart of yesterday’s calamity, although the state tried to lay the blame on the coronavirus and Fulton county officials, where the lines were the worst in the state.

Fulton county is home to Atlanta, the state capital. Fulton is also a majority Black county.

Voters quickly took to social media to vent their disgust, and to accuse the state of voter suppression, with a hashtag to match.

Georgia elections officials have long faced accusations of voter suppression. The state’s current governor, Brian Kemp, oversaw his own race for governor against Democrat Stacey Abrams in 2018 when he was secretary of state, an unusual situation. Kemp barely beat Abrams but that happened after Kemp disqualified hundreds of thousands of voters from the state’s voting rolls.

Georgia’s secretary of state oversees elections in the state.

Such was the chaos yesterday that voting location hours were extended; some people didn’t vote until almost 11 P.M.

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