Slow start to early voting lets Georgia counties ease into new election law rules

County election officials are adjusting to new rules that limit absentee ballot mailing windows, restrict absentee drop boxes, require new identification for voting by mail, and other new restrictions that have sparked a national backlash. In Georgia’s municipal elections, highlighted by the race for Atlanta mayor, turnout was slow last week; 25,688 people had voted by Thursday night and only 500 absentee ballots had been received out of 23,674 requests, according to the secretary of state’s office. With slow turnout, poll workers across Georgia seemed to handle the new rules without trouble.Stanley Dunlap, Georgia Public Broadcasting.

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