BETHLEHEM, Ga. — Officials in Gwinnett County, Ga. said Tuesday morning that four precincts had suffered technical delays as Election Day voting began in the intensely competitive race for governor between Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams.
Joe Sorenson, a spokesman for the county, said the precincts had reported issues with the system that creates voter access cards for Georgia’s electronic polling system. At the three where problems lingered at midmorning, people were being allowed to cast paper ballots.
“We’ve got people who are voting with the paper ballots, and we’ve got people who are standing to wait for the machines to be fixed, and we’ve got people who said they are planning to come back,” said Mr. Sorenson, who did not have an estimate for when the three precincts would return to electronic balloting.
Mr. Sorenson said that the one precinct that had resumed normal operations was likely to extend its hours because the poll manager did not offer paper ballots when the troubles were first detected. Mr. Sorenson said the county was asking a judge to extend the hours beyond the scheduled 7 p.m. closing time.
Gwinnett, a rapidly diversifying patchwork of suburbs near Atlanta, has long been a Republican stronghold, but Hillary Clinton carried the county in 2016.