GOP Senators Want Atlanta Polls To Close Earlier

February 27, 2018 - 5:07 pm

Georgia’s Republican senators want Atlanta voting polls to close an hour earlier.

The Senate voted along party lines, 35-19, Monday for a bill establishing a statewide 7 p.m. poll-closing time. Atlanta polls currently close at 8 p.m., an hour later than the rest of Georgia.

The measure, which goes to the House next, would also require primaries to be held for local and state special elections.

The proposal is by Sen. Joshua McKoon, a Columbus Republican running for Georgia’s Secretary of State — an office that oversees election activity.

Democrats accused McKoon of trying to stifle the vote in Atlanta, a Democratic stronghold where residents already face bad traffic to make it to the poll. McKoon says a statewide closing time will prevent confusion. He says residents have ample opportunities to vote early.