Gabriel Sterling, the voting systems implementation manager for the Georgia secretary of state’s office, just delivered his third briefing to the press on runoff election day.
Sterling, correcting himself from earlier, said the actual outstanding overall number of absentee ballots is 229,357.
Sterling said he can’t gauge in-person turnout today yet – and wasn’t able to tell reporters how it compares to in-person turnout in November.
He added that they continue to see smooth voting throughout the state, but they’re starting to see a buildup of some lines – particularly in Cherokee, Houston, Paulding and Forsyth counties, where some lines are approaching an hour, but they haven’t seen anything over that.
Sterling said that a handful of counties received judicial extensions – some of which he mentioned earlier:
- Gwinnett County – Bethesda United Methodist Church received an extension until 7:04 p.m.
- Columbia County – Precinct 065 received an extension until 7:01 p.m.
- Columbia County – Precinct 034 received an extension until 7:04 p.m.
- Tift County – the El Dorado precinct received an extension until 7:40 p.m.
- Chatham County – the Old Courthouse precinct received an extension until 7:33 p.m.
- Chatham County – the Beach High School precinct received an extension until 7:35 p.m.
Chatham County Board of Elections member Antwan Lang tells CNN’s Martin Savidge and Pamela Kirkland that the board had requested the Old Courthouse and Beach High School precincts remain open after technical difficulties this afternoon caused a delay of about 35 minutes.
A court order from Chatham County Superior Court Judge James Bass extended the Old Courthouse precinct to 7:33 p.m. ET and Beach High School to 7:35 p.m. ET.
The extension does not stop the 90 other precincts from reporting their vote tallies at 7 p.m. ET or delay the Board of Elections from beginning the count at 7 p.m. ET.