Cobb County advance voters wait in long lines

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COBB COUNTY, Ga. - Despite the cooler weather in metro Atlanta, elections officials believe advance voting lines will only increase as Election Day approaches.  


“That’s really because people make their decision usually a little bit later in the process when we get closer to the election,” Cobb County Elections Director Janine Eveler said.

In Cobb County, more than 14,000 people voted on both Monday and Tuesday.

“We’re seeing more per location, so people are still very interested. They’re braving the weather to come on out,” Eveler told Channel 2’s Sophia Choi.
 
On Wednesday, the line at the East Cobb Government Center on Lower Roswell Road created an hour and a half wait. 

“I brought a jacket, gloves, everything anticipating I’d be standing outside for a while,” said voter John Reade.
  
In DeKalb County, election officials said they think the weather did keep some people away. The number of voters went down from Monday to Tuesday by a little more than 1,000 people.

Reade believes it’s not the weather, but the wait that’s posing a hurdle. 

“I know a number of people saw the size of the line and left,” he said.
 
To accommodate all the early voters, Cobb County is posting wait times online and has opened nine precincts to match the increasing number of voters.
 
Gwinnett County also started posting wait times Wednesday morning, where more than 10,000 people are taking part in advance voting each day.



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