— By Mark Niesse, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 29, 2020 —
A bill backed by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger would require election officials to do something about long lines.
If lines last more than one hour, county election superintendents would have to split up precincts that have more than 2,000 voters, provide additional voting equipment or hire extra poll workers, according to Senate Bill 463.
“The right to vote is a most sacred democratic duty, and one that should not be inhibited by unnecessarily long lines,” Raffensperger said in a statement Friday.
The proposal comes after some voters waited more than three hours during the high-turnout 2018 election for governor. Raffensperger has said voters shouldn’t have to wait more than 30 minutes to vote.
Precinct managers would be required to keep track and report wait times, according to the legislation. Corrections would have to be made before the next general election.
The measure would also change how many touchscreens are needed in precincts.