Voters cast their ballots today in the highly anticipated midterm elections.
🚨 FULTON COUNTY POLL EXTENSIONS. GO VOTE NOW!
Pittman Park Rec Center NOW OPEN UNTIL 9 PM
(Forbes Arena) Morehouse College NOW OPEN UNTIL 10 PM
Booker T Washington High School NOW OPEN UNTIL 10 PM
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 7, 2018
Perhaps the biggest decision they made is who will become Georgia’s next governor. The race is so close, it could go to a runoff.
Polls opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday and most stayed open until 7 p.m.
Minute-by-minute updates from polling places across Georgia
With 14% reporting, Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp leads Stacey Abrams 60% to 39%. The State confirms 27 Georgia counties have completely reported.
Here’s a current look at Georgia’s governor race with 7% reporting:
Three Fulton County polling precincts will remain open past 7 p.m. due to a court order.
The Pittman Park location will be open until 9 p.m. after voters encountered long lines on Election Day because of too few machines.
Booker T. Washington and the Archer Auditorium at Morehouse College will both stay open until 10 p.m.
Alert: Voting hours extended at three Fulton County locations in Atlanta #gapol https://www.ajc.com/news/local-govt–politics/voting-hours-extended-three-fulton-county-locations-atlanta/tExhQ6zdkAcLMPfrR0fMSN/ …
ABC projects Democrat Elizabeth Warren will win U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts.
Almost 100,000 votes in Georgia’s governor race already reported. [Click here for real-time election results]
The first results have started to trickle in for Georgia. Here’s the current look at the Governor’s race as of 7:32 p.m.:
ABC projects Bernie Sanders will win U.S. Senate race in Vermont.
Most polls close across metro area.
Channel 2 Action News has confirmed that three Gwinnett precincts will stay open late. The Annistown Elementary School precinct will remain open until 9:25 p.m. Anderson-Livsey Elementary will remain open until 7:30 p.m. Harbins Elementary will remain open until 7:14 p.m.
There’s only 30 minutes left to vote at most Georgia polling places.
There’s just one hour left before polls close at most locations across the metro area.
Channel 2’s Dave Huddleston was with Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp casting his ballot Tuesday. Channel 2 Action News was with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams when she casted her vote during the early voting period.
When Kemp first tried to vote, his voter card said “invalid,” according to Huddleston. However, the republican gubernatorial candidate was eventually able to vote.
There’s only a couple of hours left before polls close at most locations across the metro area.
News Chopper 2 captures the long line of voters waiting to cast their ballot outside All Saints Episcopal Church in Buckhead.
Channel 2’s Tom Regan learned volunteers in SW Atlanta passed out pizza and drinks to feed and hydrate the patient voters, who had been waiting for hours.
Channel 2’s Tom Regan learned that five more voting machines have been added to a SW Atlanta precinct where voters complained of hours-long lines because of the location only had 3 machines.
Channel 2’s Aaron Diamant learned that some of the long lines in Fulton County are due, in part, to 700 voter machines sequestered in a paper ballot lawsuit.
Yes…long lines at Metro Atlanta polling places are due to high turnout…and long ballot.
BUT FULTON COUNTY is using FEWER VOTING MACHINES…
700 remain sequestered due to pending paper ballot lawsuit.
Only about 2,000 in use. County is down to 40 spares. #ElectionOn2
Channel 2’s Berndt Petersen met one woman who is 90 years old and said that a recent heart attack won’t stop her from voting.
Channel 2’s Berndt Petersen is in Cumming where cars are jammed in the parking lots at voting locations.
Channel 2’s Tom Regan reports long lines in SW Atlanta where voters say there were only three voting machines.
Channel 2’s Audrey Washington posted video from a viewer at Annistown Elementary polling location in Gwinnett County where poll workers are telling voters that the voting machines are not working. Washington said that officials said they are working to make fixes.
A voter sent me this video from inside the Annistown Elementary polling location in Gwinnett County. Poll workers are telling voters that the voting machines are NOT WORKING. County officials tell me, they’re trying to fix the problem.@wsbtv #Election2018 #ElectionOn2
Channel 2’s Tony Thomas reports voting machine problems at the Suwanee Library involving equipment issues. The issues caused a 2 1/2-hour delay.
Issue was with express poll checking system according to state and county, not with actual voting machines . Fixed in Suwanee location.Election Protection@866OURVOTEReplying to @TonyThomasWSB @wsbtv
Folks should please stay in line! And remember folks can call 866-OUR-VOTE or text “OUR VOTE” to 97779 at any time to get help.
Channel 2’s Audrey Washington reports long lines at Anderson school location in Gwinnett County after voters say there were problems with the machines. Officials said now that the machines are fixed but lines still remain.
Channel 2 Action News Photographer Erin Frederickson reports long lines at the polling location in East Atlanta but she said that no one is complaining.
What to look out for:
Along with governor and lieutenant governor, 56 state Senate seats and 180 state House seats are up for grabs.
More than 2 million people in Georgia voted early for the midterm election — that’s more than any other midterm election in the history of the state.
The Secretary of State’s Office released the numbers Monday, just a day ahead of Election Day.
Through the last day of early voting on Nov. 2, Georgians cast 2,071,830 ballots with 1,886,905 in-person and 184,925 by mail.
The previous early-voting turnout record in a midterm election was 945,507 early votes cast – 838,484 in-person and 107,023 by mail – in the Nov. 4, 2014, general election.
ELECTION 2018 COVERAGE:
- VOTER GUIDE: Everything you need to know about voting in Georgia
- Election Day 2018: In-Depth Coverage On Channel 2 Action News
- Georgia election director explains what you need to know before the big day
Earlier Sunday alcohol sales, park funding and property tax relief are up for a vote in some jurisdictions. Also, the controversial Eagle’s Landing cityhood referendum is being watched across the metro area as it could set a new course for communities who may want to break away from existing towns.
Here’s a breakdown of key races and ballot issues in your area:
No contested commission races.
Clayton County Schools has four school board seats up for election, but only one has competition.
In District 9, which represents schools in central Clayton County around Morrow, Democrat incumbent Benjamin A. Straker Sr. is facing a challenge from Republican Kimberly E. Cowan-Keane.
Unopposed are Democrats Jasmine Bowles in District 1; Victoria Williams in District 4; and Alieka Anderson in District 8.
Cobb voters in District 3 will elect a representative to the Board of Commissioners. Republican incumbent JoAnn Birrell faces Democrat Caroline Holko and write-in independent Joseph Pond.
County Commission District 1 voters will also vote on Keli Gambrill, who is running unopposed after winning the Republican primary.
Cobb residents, including those of the cities, will also have a chance to vote on a referendum that would allow alcohol sales starting at 11 a.m.
Cobb County’s demographics continue to change from suburban and Republican to a county that is more diverse where Democrats can mount legitimate challenges. Voters put a lone Democrat, David Morgan, on the school board in 2008. This year, when Republican Susan Thayer decided not to run, no one from her party stepped up to take her place, and her seat will go to Democrat Jaha Howard in District 2. Two other Democrats will challenge Republican incumbents this year.
There are two competitive seats.
Post 4, which is mid-north Cobb County has Democrat challenger Cynthia Parr challenging incumbent Republican David Chastain.
In Post 6, which is East Cobb County, Republican incumbent Scott Sweeney is facing a challenge from Democrat Charisse Davis.
Three county commissioners and two Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor candidates are on the ballot, but the only opposition is from write-in candidates.
Voters in unincorporated DeKalb and 10 of its cities – Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Stone Mountain and Tucker – will also decide whether to allow alcohol sales to begin at 11 a.m. on Sundays.
Brookhaven residents are being asked to authorize the City Council to borrow $40 million to upgrade the city’s parks. The money will be paid back using property tax revenue, and a millage increase is expected.
School board: No races on the ballot.
County commission races on the ballot are uncontested, but Fulton voters will have a number of ballot measures to decide on, depending on where they live.
A measure that would cap taxable property values in Atlanta will go to a statewide vote.
There are several property tax relief measures specific to cities in North Fulton, including in Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park and Roswell. They would allow residents to choose the lowest-value year of 2016, 2017 or 2018 as their base year for 2019 property values. After an adjustment for inflation, affected homeowners would be taxed on value increases of no more than 3 percent each year.
Residents in Alpharetta, Atlanta, College Park, Hapeville, Johns Creek, Milton, Roswell, Sandy Springs, South Fulton and Union City will decide whether to allow earlier Sunday alcohol sales at restaurants beginning at 11 a.m.
Voters countywide will consider a measure that would undo a state constitutional amendment that keeps the county’s last unincorporated area — around Fulton Industrial Boulevard — from joining a city.
School board: No races on the ballot.
Two Gwinnett County commission seats are up for grabs – and both races have the potential to make history.
In Commission District 2 – which covers a diverse swath of Lilburn, Norcross and Peachtree Corners — Democrat Ben Ku is challenging two-term incumbent Republican Lynette Howard. Ku would become Gwinnett’s first Asian-American commissioner, as well as its first openly gay one.
In Commission District 4 – which primarily covers the Lawrenceville and Buford areas – Democrat Marlene Fosque is challenging another two-term incumbent in Republican John Heard. Fosque would become Gwinnett’s first black commissioner.
Should either challenger win, they would become the commission’s first Democrats on the five-member board in more than three decades.
Gwinnett residents will also vote on the so-called brunch bill, which would allow alcoholic drink sales starting at 11 a.m. on Sundays.
Gwinnett County, one of the most diverse counties in Georgia, has not elected a school board member of color in anyone’s memory. This election could change that. Two seats, both open after Republican incumbents decided to not run again, are up for election.
In District 2, which comprises north-central Gwinnett, Republican Steve Knudsen is running against Democrat Wandy Taylor.
In south Gwinnett County’s District 4, Democrat candidate Everton Blair is running against Republican candidate Chuck Studebaker.
The big contest on the ballot is the cityhood referendum vote for Eagle’s Landing.
The well-heeled community wants to secede from Stockbridge. To do so, Eagle’s Landing advocates will ask voters to approve a plan to take half of Stockbridge – including half of its businesses – by de-annexing a portion of the town and creating a new city of Eagle’s Landing Opponents have been unable to stop the vote in the courts and say it could cripple Stockbridge financially.
The six-member Henry Board of Commission, which currently is split evenly between black and white leaders, will be majority minority in the new year. That’s because District 4 Commissioner Blake Prince, who is white, left the post to run unsuccessfully for the state house. Vying for his seat are Democrat Vivian Thomas and Republican Pete Peterson, both of whom are black.
Incumbent District 3 Commissioner Gary Barnum, who is white, is also trying to retain his seat in a race against Democrat V. Ranae Crutches, who is black.