The good news is the wait time at Gwinnett’s Main Elections Office for advanced voting is down. The bad news is you can still expect an average two hour wait time.
County spokesman Joe Sorenson says they have made a few changes since the first day of early voting where wait times were as much as five hours.
Workers who were training Monday to eventually open up seven satellite offices were taken off the lines and more experienced staff took over speeding up the process.
“We have shaved some seconds off of this and it helps—every little bit helps,” he tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish.
Sorenson says the lengthy ballot, including four Constitutional Amendments, is also slowing down the process. He says the fastest he’s seen voters take is just over seven minutes and the longest is 24 minutes.
“I think folks need to know that if they’re advanced voting that they are going to have some wait,” he says.
Most voters were taking it all in stride.
Sandra Griffin of Lawrenceville was marching in line to get her “steps” in for the day.
“I’m coming to get it over with to make sure I get in to vote. It’s real important,” she says.
Sorenson believes the lines will be get faster as time goes on but doubts the wait times will go lower than an hour-and-a-half. The seven satellite locations will open Saturday, Oct. 29 and then the week prior to the election and will run from 7am to 7pm.