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October 28, 2008

Voters In Clayton County, Georgia Wait On-Line For 12 Hours To Vote!

  We have to give respect and kudos to the people in Clayton County, Jonesboro, Georgia – close to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

  While the polls officially closed at 7 p.m. Monday night the line to vote at the Frank Bailey Senior Center in Riverdale didn’t clear up until 1 a.m. Tuesday morning.   

Advance voting began in Georgia Monday — and the first day proved to be a long one for many voters.

 Clayton County voter Patricia Lewis finally voted in Riverdale after standing in line to vote for six hours. “I vote in every election and I couldn’t pass this one up. I think about my dad, about the struggles he went through and for me to vote again is just amazing,” Lewis.

When asked about the long line, Lewis said, “It’s OK. I stand in lines to shop. Six hours to vote…it’s nothing.”

 Lewis had lots of people to keep her company – in the brisk cold day. For much of the day, Clayton County voters stood in line for eight to nine hours to cast their ballots; some people had blankets, chairs and books.  People would not leave despite the long lines and cold weather.

Clayton County‘s election supervisor, Annie Bright, blamed the state. She said the computer mainframe the state uses to check voter registration became overwhelmed and didn’t start working correctly until 4:30 p.m. Monday. The Secretary of State’s Office said Clayton County should take the blame. The office said back-ups took place intermittently and didn’t last long enough to cause eight hour delays.

One poll worker who worked an 18 hour shift said she said she was just glad to see so many people interested in voting. “It makes me feel good,” said election worker Beatrice Lyons. “They can just come and stay all night and I’ll be right here.”

Lyons said she saw some people arrive at 1 p.m. Monday and they didn’t vote until 12:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Advance voting continues in Georgia for the rest of the week.

Did you vote as yet?

Don’t Wait – Vote NOW! 

Early Vote.  EVERY Vote Counts!!!

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8 Comments »

  1. Twelve Hours!! Wow!! The voting traffic is definitely heavy, and this is supposed to be early voting.Election day will be crazy in terms of the turn out.

    Comment by ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID — October 28, 2008 @ 6:27 pm | Reply

  2. Esteban – just today the governor of Florida (where I live) mandated that the Early Voting locations open from 7am-7pm. Early Vote hours use to be from 10am-6pm but the lines have been soooo long that our Congresspeople have been harassing Gov Crist and he has given in.

    I shudder to think what Nov 4 is going to be in Pennsylvania, Michigan and New York who don’t have Early Voting! It’s going to be CRAZY!
    Are you here in the States or yuh back ah yard?

    Comment by Paulette — October 28, 2008 @ 7:42 pm | Reply

  3. Oh my goodness! I’m proud of Georgia. Rah!

    Comment by steadycat — October 28, 2008 @ 10:22 pm | Reply

  4. It outrageous that Secretary of State Karen Handel (Republican) can’t drastically reduce the wait for voters in Clayton County. It took me 5 minutes to vote in Forsyth County, the heavily white and Republican county north of Atlanta! Perhaps we should send some of our voting machines and workers to Clayton where they are desparately needed. I’m so proud of the Clayton County voters for getting out to vote and braving the long lines and cold weather!!! BTW, I am white and voted for Obama.

    Comment by Maggie — October 29, 2008 @ 10:22 am | Reply

  5. Hi maggie – thanks for stopping by!

    I’m glad to Early Voted – that’s REAL important! Yup that situation in Clayton is suspect but the people stayed on line and voted – yeah!

    Please encourage all your friends to Early Vote!

    Obama/Biden 08!

    Comment by Paulette — October 29, 2008 @ 11:33 am | Reply

  6. Paulette, I am currently in Florida.

    Comment by ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID — October 31, 2008 @ 7:06 pm | Reply

  7. Excellent – can you vote? I truly hope so! 🙂

    Comment by Paulette — October 31, 2008 @ 7:29 pm | Reply

  8. it’s awesome that there has been this “problem” of long lines all over… people taking a greater interest in public issues is always a good thing

    Comment by patrick — November 7, 2008 @ 2:32 am | Reply


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