4 Georgia counties sued over election problems, long waits

A federal lawsuit blames Georgia’s four largest counties for voters spending hours waiting in line on Election Day, registration delays and other problems that made casting ballots difficult last November.

The American Civil Liberties Union suit filed Monday in Atlanta’s federal court targets local officials for being ill-prepared for the 2018 elections. Georgia state officials have already faced intense criticism.

The lawsuit says Fulton, Cobb, DeKalb and Gwinnett counties failed to provide enough polling places, voting machines and staff to handle record voter turnout.

The suit asks a judge to order the metro Atlanta counties to make improvements that prevent similar problems in 2020.

Spokesmen for Fulton and Gwinnett counties declined to comment, citing the pending litigation. Spokesmen for the other county governments didn’t immediately return phone messages.

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