The challenges facing voters in Texas echoed what happened a day earlier in Georgia, where some of the more than 126,000 Peach State voters who turned out for that state's first day of early voting on Monday had to stand in long lines at polling centers across the state.
Natalie Rawlings, 49, started the morning at a library offering early voting in Atlanta, but said there was no parking and a long line. "We need to make sure that every voice is heard and every vote is counted".
McClatchy News reached out to the Sumter County elections office, and is awaiting response.
"It is possible, of course, these measures will ultimately prove insufficient and long lines will still arise", he wrote. He was the first in line.
A ballot box at a voting station. You can talk about the walk from Selma to Montgomery.
Nathan Keith, 28, of Akron, said he stood in line in Summit County for about an hour.
The images were reminiscent of Georgia's problem-plagued June primary, when people waited for hours to cast their ballots because of reduced polling locations and a rocky rollout of new machines. Some people lined up before dawn Monday to be among the first to vote.
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Lengthy lines were also reported at polling sites in south and eastern parts of the county.
Georgia's first day of early voting has been marred by technical problems causing long lines in Atlanta, according to The Hill. That slowed things initially at the county's two open voting locations, but it was resolved within about an hour, said Robert Brady, the county's chief election clerk. The state expects record turnout this year, with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's office noting 7.5 million Georgia voters have registered as of October 6, up by more than half a million compared to the 2018 midterms.
And while some states count the ballots as they come in, others - notably the critical battlegrounds of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania - have laws that forbid processing mail ballots until Election Day, guaranteeing the count will extend well past that night.
Georgia's election system uses touchscreen voting machines, also known as ballot-marking devices or BMDs, to print a paper ballot with a barcode, which is run through a scanner.
With record turnout expected for this year's presidential election and fears about exposure to the coronavirus, election officials and advocacy groups have been encouraging people to vote early, either in person or by absentee ballot.
There is still four days left of early voting before the election on Saturday.
Tanasia is a national Real-Time reporter based in Atlanta covering Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and the southeastern U.S. She's an alumna of Kennesaw State University and joined McClatchy in 2020.