Election Day is finally here in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, the closely watched special election runoff to fill the House seat left open by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel are competing in what’s become the most expensive House race in history.
Polls close at 7 p.m. The Hill will provide live updates throughout the afternoon and evening.
Steady stream of voters but no long lines
The rain is still coming down hard in the 6th district, but that hasn’t stopped voters from casting their ballots.
Mimosa Elementary School in Roswell, Ga. houses four different precincts. Polling managers there say there’s been a steady stream of voters coming in throughout the day.
Around 3 p.m., a polling manager for three of the precincts says they’ve had about 223 voters so far. The number of voters has grown modestly from 10 a.m., when they had a total of 68 voters.
The longest line they had was this morning, and while they’ve gotten small lines here and there, none have been “out the door.”
The other precinct, which is normally in a different location, has had 200 voters on Tuesday. They expect longer lines to pick up in the 5 to 7 pm block. That precinct had close to 800 voters in the April primary.
These precincts have some catching up to do in terms of their primary numbers, but keep in mind that 140,000 people already participated in early voting — twice the number of early voters from the primary. That could cause Election Day turnout to be lower.
Two polling sites to stay open late
Two polling sites in DeKalb County will stay open 30 minutes later, until 7:30 p.m.
The polls are staying open after a mixup snarled check-ins this morning, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution. The paper reported that officials realized they had taken the wrong electronic poll book, which prompted the delay.
Those polling places are in Tucker and Embry Hills, two solidly blue spots in the county. So while…