Georgia Senate election: extended voting hours at multiple polling stations


Voting hours were extended at several polling stations during the second round of elections in Georgia.

A judge ordered the Chatham County Elections Board to extend voting hours in two locations beyond 7 p.m. ET after encountering technical difficulties.
The court order means the old county courthouse polling station will remain open until 7:33 p.m. ET, and Beach High School will close at 7:35 p.m. ET, according to WSAV.
“A power failure, or something happened that cut off the power to the voting place, which blocked the ability of citizens to vote for about 35 minutes,” said Antwan Lang, member of the Election Council of Chatham.
“It is quite normal that we keep the polling station open for an additional 35 minutes to allow all citizens who could not stay during this period to give them access to the ballot. ”
One of the state’s top election officials, Gabriel Sterling, also confirmed that a polling station in Tift County will remain open until 7.40 p.m.
Polling stations in Columbia and Gwinnett counties were also ordered to stay open a few minutes late, according to the Associated Press.
A number of other countries have requested extensions but have yet to receive judicial approval.
Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are both involved in close races with Republican incumbents David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.
If Mr. Ossoff and Mr. Warnock can win both races, it will give Democrats control of the Senate, as Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will sever all ties once sworn in.
Republicans must win just one seat to give Mitch McConnell back control of the upper house.
Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in the state and it is set to be one of the costliest elections in U.S. history.
Polling stations close statewide at 7 p.m. ET and Mr. Ossoff has urged anyone still in the line to stay and make sure their votes are counted.


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