Henry County Board of Elections opted to open four polling places early to accommodate the large number of advance voters. Hundreds of voters stood in line for hours on Monday before reaching the voting machines.

MCDONOUGH — Four polling places originally slated to open on Oct. 24 instead opened on Thursday, Oct. 15, to help alleviate long lines residents experienced Monday, the first day of early voting for the Nov. 3 General Election.

The Henry County Board of Elections unanimously voted to open Fortson Library, Locust Grove Library, Fairview Recreation Center and JP Mosley Recreation Center early.

The locations will be open Oct. 15-16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Oct. 19-23 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The four locations will pick up with regularly scheduled hours on Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Oct. 26-30 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Elections Director Ameika Pitts said opening the additional locations early should help with wait times. She noted the number of statewide voters resulted in a lag of the state’s E-net system as well as residents canceling their absentee ballots which slowed the lines Monday.

County Manager Cherie Hobson-Matthews said the county is offering free shuttle rides to voters from Alexander Park and the parking deck on Lawrenceville Street to the Elections & Registration Office on Atlanta Street.

To view a full list of advanced voting locations and times, visit www.co.henry.ga.us/Departments/D-L/Elections-Registration.

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