Tens of thousands of Fulton County voters will be casting ballots in November at polling places different from those they visited in June.
The county’s elections board has approved 91 polling place changes for the Nov. 3 presidential election. There will be 255 locations in total for November, compared to 164 in June.
“That’s going to effect a huge number of voters,” Fulton elections head Richard Barron told county commissioners last week.
Dozens of polling places for the June election dropped out at the last minute over fears of COVID-19. That was one of the many problems during the rocky June election cycle that had some voters waiting all day in lines, and many voters who never got their mail-in ballots.
The county is spending money to woo some polling places back on the condition that the county will pay to have the spaces sanitized. After a vote from the Fulton Board of Commissioners earlier this month, the total budget for the elections department this year is $34 million, which is much more than previous years.