Long lines, extended waits mark Fayette’s first early voting day

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Those at the Fayette County Library in Fayetteville for the first day of early voting on Monday found lines extending from the library, down Heritage Parkway and, earlier in the morning, all the way to South Glynn Street. Photo/Ben Nelms. 
Those at the Fayette County Library in Fayetteville for the first day of early voting on Monday found lines extending from the library, down Heritage Parkway and, earlier in the morning, all the way to South Glynn Street. Photo/Ben Nelms. 

The first day of early voting in Fayette County came with very long lines, with many people wanting to get to the polls to cast their vote. From the look of the lines, many of their neighbors had the same idea.

Those voting in Fayetteville, both at the elections’ office and at the library, were in for a lengthy wait to get to the voting booth. Lines at the Fayette County Elections Office by late morning stretched down the upstairs walkway, down the stairs and wrapped around the corner of the building.

<b>The Fayette County Elections Office in Fayetteville had people lined down the upstairs walkway, down the stairs and wrapped around part of the building as they waited to vote during the first day of voting on Monday. Photo/Ben Nelms.</b>
The Fayette County Elections Office in Fayetteville had people lined down the upstairs walkway, down the stairs and wrapped around part of the building as they waited to vote during the first day of voting on Monday. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Next door at the library, the line outside went to Heritage Parkway and down the street to the vicinity of South Glynn Street.

One voter at 12:30 p.m., who said she had been in line for the library since 8 a.m., remarked that when she arrived the line of voters stretched all the way to South Glynn.

<b>Voters in line at the Peachtree City Library for the first day of early voting had the line extended up Willowbend Road and into the City Hall parking lot. Photo/Ben Nelms.</b>
Voters in line at the Peachtree City Library for the first day of early voting had the line extended up Willowbend Road and into the City Hall parking lot. Photo/Ben Nelms.

In Peachtree City, the line of voters at 1 p.m. extended out the downstairs library door, through the parking lot to Willowbend Road, up to the main City Hall entrance and a short distance into the parking lot.

<b>Voting lines for the first day of early voting on Oct. 12 at the Peachtree City Library stretched into the parking lot and onto Willowbend Road. Photo/Ben Nelms.</b>
Voting lines for the first day of early voting on Oct. 12 at the Peachtree City Library stretched into the parking lot and onto Willowbend Road. Photo/Ben Nelms.

There were also lines in Tyrone, with those voting at Tyrone Town Hall during the morning hours experiencing issues with the voting system, though by late morning those issues had been resolved.

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  1. At the library they had 15 machines but only 3-4 in use at any time due to Tyrone special election taking up several machines and the Registration being super slow. So many issues on registration: absentee ballots requested but not used had to be changed in the system. Some were listed at the state level but not at the local level and others like me showed I had already voted even though it was the first day and no absentee ballot was on record. I have never EVER waited 4 hrs to vote. Opening day being rough is an understatement. Hoping it gets better.