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GOP Fears Primary Debacle Will Cost Trump Georgia In November

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Georgia, like Texas, is a light red state in which Democrats have been making inroads: Democrat Stacey Abrams narrowly lost 2018's gubernatorial race to Gov. Brian Kemp, and polls indicate that Georgia could be in play for Vice President Joe Biden. During Tuesday's primary in Georgia, many voters were furious over massive delays and glitches, resulting in spending hours in long lines and inoperable voting machines.

And now some Georgia Republicans, according to reporter David M. Drucker of the conservative Washington Examiner, are worried that Democrats could weaponize Tuesday's voting debacle and use it against Republicans.

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Red Flags Signaled Trouble In Georgia’s Awful Primary

This article was produced by Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

The signs kept coming that Georgia's June 9 primary would not go well. On the last day of early voting, the Friday before the election, Jon Ossoff, a Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, waited for more than three hours to vote on Atlanta's west side. It took Nikema Williams, the Georgia Democratic Party chair and a state senator from the city, more than five hours—on her wedding anniversary.

On the night before he voted, Ossoff told supporters that Fulton County in metro Atlanta had lost thousands of emailed requests for absentee ballots. That revelation suggested that voters who had never received their mail-in ballot would likely show up at what were fewer in-person polling places—reduced in number in response to an exodus of poll workers in the pandemic, and due to calls by officials to vote by mail. But Ossoff's news hinted at deeper dysfunctions.

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Outcry In Georgia Over Massive Voting Delays

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Many Republicans have echoed President Donald Trump's claims that mail-in voting is bad and that voting should almost always be done in person. But on Tuesday's primary in Georgia, in-person voting did not go smoothly at all — and a video posted on Twitter shows an angry, frustrated voter in that state complaining about the problems she experienced at the polls.

According to Politico reporters Zach Montellaro and Laura Barrón-López, Georgia voters have been subjected to multiple problems — from voting machines that weren't working to hours spent waiting in long lines.

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