Deadline extended for voters with provisional ballots
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Days after the election and some Georgia voters were still going out of their way to make sure their vote is counted.
Initially, the deadline for voters with provisional ballots to resolve any issues was 5 p.m. Friday, but because there were so many issues across the state, some counties, including DeKalb and Gwinnett counties extended that deadline to 8 p.m. Friday.
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Monica Dowd showed up at the DeKalb Board of Elections a couple of hours before the deadline. This was Monica's first election.
"When I went to vote Tuesday my mom announced I was a first-time voter and everyone in there cheered!" said Monica Dowd.
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But Dowd says when she went to cast her ballot she was told her information wasn't in the system. Disappointed, she filled out a provisional ballot. Friday night, she was at the Board of Elections with all of her paperwork in hand.
"It's important, I want to make a difference," said Dowd.
Phillip Aaron also had to use a provisional ballot Tuesday. He showed up Friday just before the Board of Elections closed to make sure his vote was counted.
"It's important, and not only that it's fairness, you vote for someone you want to make sure they get their due," said Aaron.
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With such a close gubernatorial race, Democrat Stacey Abrams vowed to make sure every vote is counted. Her campaign believes there are enough uncounted ballots to force a runoff or a recount.
The Abrams camp set up phone banks urging those who had provisional ballots to make sure they were able to resolve any issues by the deadline Friday.
Employees at the DeKalb Board of Elections spent the evening processing those ballots. Officials say they'll start counting the ballots Monday.
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