- I waited in line here for 3 hours (11:15-2:18 p.m.) and was only the 154th vote cast. (downtown)
- I was #106 at Garden Lakes Baptist Church and it took 3 hours! When I finally got up to the table, they brought out a second computer.
- It took us over three hours at the downtown location (only voters 197 and 198!).
- Instead of adopting a precinct to bring lunch to the workers, can people donate computers? Just kidding but please somebody buy some more.
- They needed to open up more poll sites to vote because this is one of the biggest elections, and having computers ready to go!
Been here since 10:30 (it’s now 12:50)…. still haven’t voted.
- Glad I’m dropping my ballot at the library.
- My husband, daughter and I were at (the church) – my husband and I had to leave after waiting for 2 hours, my daughter stayed because it was her only day to vote and she was there for 3.5 hours.
- Today would’ve been the easiest day for me to vote, for I have small children and I teach. I had to leave after an hour and half where the line hardly moved my husband and I are having to come up with a back up plan for voting.
- You would think in the midst of a pandemic preparations could have been made to open more polling places, especially since many are now hesitant to vote by mail.
- Liked it better at Civic Center.
- 2-hour wait at 8 a.m.
- WHY can Floyd County not get this right? It’s not like it was a surprise or anything?!
- Did election officials not anticipate the impact of the holiday? I considered voting today but expected a high turnout and changed my plan.
This morning, we’re getting reaction from this outtake in an ABC News story about Floyd’s election woes on Monday. Click here for the full story:
A problem with the electronic pollbooks also slowed things initially at the two early voting locations in Floyd County, but it was resolved within about an hour, said Robert Brady, the county’s chief election clerk.
“Typically in Floyd County, you have a line that lasts five minutes. Today it’s taking up to 30 minutes,” Brady said around 11:30 a.m. “It’s because of the huge — and I’m talking about huge — turnout.”
But Lesli Terrell-Payne, who celebrated her 51st birthday Monday by taking the day off to vote, said she waited for more than three hours after arriving at Garden Lakes Baptist Church in Rome around 10:30 a.m. There was only one electronic pollbook to check people in, which seemed to cause a bottleneck, she said.
Brady didn’t immediately return a phone message seeking comment on the long lines later in the day.
There definitely were problems on the state level, in part because of a record turnout of 110,000 advance voters on Monday.
SO WHAT’S NEXT:
We’ll be tracking today’s vote, including lines and delays. Also, you might want to attend Thursday’s Board of Elections meeting. We’re planning a live report.
Elections board meeting moves to noon Thursday: The Floyd County Board of Elections and Registration meeting set for Tuesday has moved to Thursday and also will be held at a new venue — the Berry Shorter Room of the Forum River Center in Rome. The agenda:
Public Comments (limited to 2 minutes per person)
Financial Report/Office Update
Early Voting updates
Absentee Ballots Updates
Updates on Absentee Ballot Processing Procedure
1. Worker specifically for that task and that task only.
2. Train a team of 6-8 people who would open and organize the ballots
3. PollWorker Training Dates – New Poll Workers and Veteran Poll Worker Specific
4. Signage/location of Barkers Poll
5. Election Day Communication
D. Poll Worker Training/Staffing