Today is primary day in Georgia, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, and West Virginia. See our primary preview here and come back at 7pm for our live coverage of today’s races….
More than one million Georgia voters had already cast ballots before Tuesday, most of them by mail, after Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger sent absentee ballot applications to all active voters.
But those who had voted in person before Tuesday at early-voting sites had already reported long waits — in some cases up to seven hours. New rules for social distancing and disinfecting voting machines had caused many of those delays.
Matt Holmes said the absentee ballot he requested did not arrive, so he and his wife went to an early voting site on Friday at the College Park Library. But the wait turned out to be six hours in the Georgia sun. “Tempers were flaring,” Mr. Holmes said, adding that there were not enough voting machines to accommodate the volume.
Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina and West Virginia were also holding primary elections on Tuesday, without reports of widespread problems.
Georgia’s primaries were kicking off what could be an important political year in the state. Georgia Democrats, whose hopes have often been dashed in recent years, think they have a chance to turn the state blue in presidential and Senate races for the first time in at least two decades….