Line tracker, tech support aim to smooth hurdles in Nov. 3 election in Georgia

— By Beau Evans, Capitol Beat News Service,September 23, 2020 — Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told members of the Atlanta Press Club Tuesday, Sept. 22, the new real-time tracker will let voters see wait times on Election Day and help officials pinpoint any polling places that may be experiencing issues so they can be […]
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Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told members of the Atlanta Press Club Tuesday, Sept. 22, the new real-time tracker will let voters see wait times on Election Day and help officials pinpoint any polling places that may be experiencing issues so they can be resolved.

Those initiatives, combined with a push to recruit thousands of poll workers and the launch of an online portal to request absentee ballots, are creating confidence that Georgia may see a better Election Day experience in November than occurred in the line-plagued June 9 primary.

“We have a very robust plan of action for the November election cycle,” Raffensperger said Tuesday, Sept. 22. “I think we’re much better prepared.”

Georgia is poised for record voter turnout in the Nov. 3 general election with a presidential contest, two U.S. Senate seats, congressional, state and local offices all on the ballot.

Companies like Coca-Cola, AT&T, Delta Air Lines and the Atlanta Hawks are working with the nonpartisan group GaVotingWorks to provide tech support, donate Plexiglas screens and purchase more absentee ballot drop-off boxes for counties.

Jennifer Dorian, the co-founder of GaVotingWorks, said the collaborative effort reflects a growing interest among companies to participate in civic duty by pitching in more resources during the virus-troubled election cycle.

“We’re finding companies are a vital resource that can talk to employees as well as all Georgians,” Dorian said Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Early voting for the general election starts Oct. 12. The online portal to request an absentee ballot is found at https://ballotrequest.sos.ga.gov/.

To see the complete news story: https://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/catoosa_walker_news/line-tracker-tech-support-aim-to-smooth-hurdles-in-nov-3-election-in-georgia/article_84334eba-fda0-11ea-bcee-f30cc4bbc194.html