Georgia’s high-profile election on Tuesday will be closely watched — not just to see who wins, but to ensure that voters’ rights are protected and their ballots are counted. Election observers from several nonprofits are fanning out across the state to assist voters and report problems with long lines, voter registration and the state’s 16-year-old electronic voting machines. Well over 1 million voters are expected to cast ballots at their local precincts on Election Day, building on the 2.1 million voters who already participated in early voting over the past three weeks — a record number for a midterm election year. Voters are motivated to decide the race at the top of the ballot for governor between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp. Voters should be prepared by checking their registration information online at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov, verifying their precinct locations and bringing photo ID to the polls, according to organizations promoting voting rights.
Hundreds of poll monitors will mobilize both in metro Atlanta and rural areas to provide information, help protect voting rights and get help to resolve any obstacles to voting.
Sara Henderson, the executive director for Common Cause Georgia, said she’s concerned that voters could find problems with their registration information, inhibiting their ability to vote. The registrations of more than 1.4 million inactive and ineligible voters have been canceled in Georgia since 2012, and an additional 47,000 registration applications are on hold because they couldn’t be verified with government records.