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Georgia votes: Judge orders U.S. Postal Service to find ballots in Atlanta, elsewhere

By Mark Niesse – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

David Wickert – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Key developments

A federal judge has ordered U.S. Postal Service inspectors to search mail processing facilities in Atlanta and elsewhere to find undelivered ballots.

Scattered problems were reported at polling places around the state, including Gwinnett County and Tybee Island.

Most voters reported fast-moving lines.

Voters went to the polls across Georgia Tuesday to cast their votes on a crucial Election Day.

It’s expected to be the biggest day of voting in Georgia, with turnout reaching as high as 2 million. Another 3.9 million people already cast early or absentee ballots.

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3:05 p.m.

Judge orders two DeKalb polling places to stay open late

By Tyler Estep

DeKalb Superior Court Judge Courtney L. Johnson has signed an order approving a petition by the Board of Registration and Elections to extend voting for two DeKalb County polling places that opened late this morning.

The Valley Brook precinct, located at Valley Brook Baptist Church, 1198 N. Valley Brook Road, Decatur, 30033, will stay open until 7:40 p.m.

The Gresham Road precinct, located at Obama Elementary School, 3132 Clifton Church Road SE, Atlanta, 30316, will remain open until 7:45 p.m.

This extension was requested, in an abundance of caution, to ensure that all electors at the locations have the required full 12 hours of voting. Questions on this matter should be referred to the Registration and Elections office at 404-298-4020.

2:25 p.m.

Judge orders U.S. postal inspectors to search for ballots in Atlanta, elsewhere

By Kristal Dixon

A federal judge has ordered U.S. Postal Service inspectors to visit mail processing facilities in the Atlanta district and elsewhere to make sure ballots are delivered.

On Tuesday U.S. District Court Judge Emmett Sullivan ordered inspectors to facilities in Atlanta, central Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Detroit, Wyoming, Colorado, Houston, Alabama, New England, South Carolina, Florida and Arizona.

Inspectors will have to file a status report with Sullivan’s court in Washington, D.C., no later than 3 p.m. today, according to the order. They will also have to produce a week’s worth of political and election-related mail logs for each facility, identify the 27 centers they visited and provide a list of facilities they’ve inspected since Oct. 19.