- Title: Fears of voter suppression after problem at Georgia polling station
- Date: 6th November 2018
- Summary: SNELLVILLE, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 6, 2018) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF 'VOTE HERE / VOTE AQUI' SIGNS GENERAL OF PEOPLE LINING UP INSIDE POLLING LOCATION VOTER FILLING OUT FORMS PAN OF VOTERS LINED UP INSIDE STATION CLOSE OF STATE OF GEORGIA VOTER ACCESS CARD / PAN UP TO LINE OF VOTERS VOTER, KAREN LEWIS, ON LINE TO VOTE / PAN TO VOTERS IN STATION / BACK TO LEWIS (SOUNDBITE) (English) KAREN LEWIS, VOTER, SAYING: "This morning we got here when the polls opened at seven. We wanted to be in line, my daughter and I. And so, we were told that the machines weren't working and that they had called someone. They didn't know at the time how long it would be. About 9:30 (1430 GMT), I believe, they got a machine in, one machine, and that one didn't work. So they had to make calls again and finally, finally, at 11 (1600 GMT) they got machines that were working. So it took us about an hour to make our way through the line and vote. So we've been in line for five hours." KAREN LEWIS AND HER DAUGHTER LESA REDMOND (SOUNDBITE) (English) KAREN LEWIS, VOTER, SAYING: "I don't think it was on accident. I think it was intentional and sometimes people try to suppress votes. A lot of people left. A lot of people had to go to work and were discouraged. There was misinformation about whether or not to fill out a provisional ballot or an actual, written ballot. The information was confusing. And I think that's the purpose, to confuse us." NEWS CONFERENCE, WITH JASON CARTER, FORMER GEORGIA STATE SENATOR (D) (SOUNDBITE) (English) JASON CARTER, FORMER GEORGIA STATE SENATOR (D), SAYING: "So we know there were a group of people who walked away. The reports from around here are that there may have been one hundred. But we also know that we've already started to see some of those folks start to come back. And so by the end of the day, we'll have to look at the numbers at the end of the day. But we do know that as difficult as it was, the real message that we've heard from folks coming out here is that, 'yes, these are issues, but we will not be deterred by them." NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) DAR'SHUN KENDRICK, GEORGIA STATE REPRESENTATIVE (D), SAYING: "Yeah, and this has been a different election of course, because we have a candidate who is secretary of state who's also running for governor so that also doesn't help quell the fears. But that's why we have such a strong team in place in order to make sure that every vote is going to count. That's why you see so many eyes on the state of Georgia because we know this is an important election. We are at the closest point in switching our state in the history of Georgia. Think about that. And so the stakes are high. When I tell you every single vote is going to count. I actually wish those people who left would come back and bring five more people and the people who are in the long lines, have somebody come up and bring you a water and tell them to stand in line with you because every single vote is going to count and we are going to make sure that every single vote counts." KENDRICK TALKING TO CARTER ZOOM IN AND OUT OF BACK OF ELECTION PROTECTION VOLUNTEERS
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- Keywords: Snellville Georgia election problems Stacey Abrams Brian Kemp Dar'shun Kendrick
- Location: SNELLVILLE, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES
- City: SNELLVILLE, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA00195DD553
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- Story Text: A problem at the polls in Georgia had election workers scrambling on Tuesday (November 6).
As voters headed to the polls, the every voting machine at one location failed to work. The machines failed at an elementary school used for voting in Snellville, Georgia, which is located about a 20 minutes drive north of Atlanta. After about four hours, functioning voting machines were brought to the polling location.
Karen Lewis said she waited five hours to cast her vote.
"I don't think it was on accident. I think it was intentional and sometimes people try to suppress votes," said Lewis. "A lot of people left. A lot of people had to go to work and were discouraged. There was misinformation about whether or not to fill out a provisional ballot or an actual, written ballot. The information was confusing. And I think that's the purpose, to confuse us."
The contest between Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams, who is vying to become the United States' first black female governor, had already become a flashpoint for allegations of voter suppression.
Kemp, the Republican candidate in Georgia's governor's race, is also the secretary of state and oversees the state's elections.
Local leaders and election officials assured voters that their voices will be heard.
"This has been a different election of course, because we have a candidate who is secretary of state who's also running for governor so that also doesn't help quell the fears," said Georgia state representative Dar'shun Kendrick, who represents the area where the voting problem occurred.
She added, "But that's why we have such a strong team in place in order to make sure that every vote is going to count."
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