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'We're doing everything we can' | Gwinnett Elections talk coronavirus and new voting machines

Gwinnett County enters its second week of advanced voting with two concerns.

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — The Gwinnett County Elections Office is saying that all early voting locations are adequately equipped with new voting machines, despite concerns over a delay in delivery brought up during a federal hearing last week.

Elections Supervisor, Kristi Royston says they are working non-stop to get the rest of the machines up and running for the May primary, but that they are fully staffed and stocked for the second week of advanced voting.

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During last week's hearing where a civil rights group filed a lawsuit against county elections, former elections director Lynn Ledford said that some of the satellite locations were not ready with new machines.

In her sworn statement saying, "there is a need for electrical upgrades to accommodate the machinery."

The former elections director added, "The satellite locations require 364 poll workers, who are prepared to start March 9."

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Royston says that it takes a lot of training and troubleshooting to get each machine ready.

"We don't have a timeline for how long it is going to take to get the rest of the machines ready,  but it's quite a process. We're dealing with a learning curve and we're doing everything we can to learn new policies and procedures," explains Royston.

Meanwhile, the Elections Supervisor says that they are continuously working to make sure they informed about the Corona Virus and what precautions to take for polling locations.

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"It's not just changing every day, but every hour so we're making sure we provide hand sanitize wipes and are cleaning all of the tables and pens with Lysol," says Royston.

Royston says that while they are not cleaning the touch screen voting machines as of now, they are staying proactive and will change protocols as needed.

"We just want to make sure that people aren't scared to come out and vote because of the coronavirus. And if they are, we encourage them to do an absentee ballot," says Royston.

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