Technical problems arise as early voting starts in Georgia

Voters stand in line at a polling location Monday morning, Oct. 12, 2020, in Decatur, Ga., for the start of three weeks of early voting before election day on Nov. 3.

ATLANTA (AP) — Long lines of people eager to cast ballots formed as early in-person voting began in Georgia on Monday, and problems soon developed in the state's most populous county.

Election officials in Fulton County were aware of an issue with the electronic pollbooks used to check voters in at State Farm Arena, where the Atlanta Hawks NBA team plays, county spokeswoman Jessica Corbitt-Dominguez said. Technicians were on site working to resolve it, she said.

The line began moving when the arena opened for voting at 8 a.m. and some voters were able to cast their ballots, but things ground to a halt a short time later when the pollbooks stopped working with hundreds of people waiting.

Early in-person voting began Monday throughout Georgia and runs through Oct. 30.

Problems with the electronic pollbooks were one of the issues that contributed to hourslong lines seen in Georgia during the June primary election.

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