Your busy day got you running on empty and feeling a bit stressed – and, you know the time to vote is limited?
Cobb County Public Library staff members play important supportive roles for the 2020 General Election, including hosting Advance Voting and filling other roles for the Cobb Elections office while the libraries are in operation. Advance Voting at the South Cobb and West Cobb locations, and at other locations across the county, ends Friday evening. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.
At South Cobb Regional Library, Branch Manager Roxanne Magaw has seen thousands of people come in to vote since Advance Voting began October 12. She describes the scene at the library poll site as having a fall festive atmosphere as community residents stepped up to add comfortable for voters facing lines sometimes extended outside around the facility.
“Ms. Penny, the poll worker in charge of the line and part-time poll workers, has her crew working like poll ambassadors,” she said. “They are interactive with the voters the whole time, they want to make their wait in line a pleasant one.”
Wait times have varied and extended into hours over the past few days. The coronavirus pandemic added layers of complexity to operations for this year’s General Election.
“When the lines were long, Ms. Penny had people singing songs and clapping,” the South Cobb manager said. “Now, they cheer when a first-time voter votes.”
Cobb Neighbors Caring for Neighbors
#ChefsForThePolls, a national non-partisan effort that feeds people of all political parties and beliefs, has been out to the library in Mableton several times. Ty Teal of Chef Ty Experience has provided free warm meals, including tacos and waffle chicken sliders.
Cobb County Sheriff Deputies have been very helpful. One Deputy was offering the library’s coloring activity bags to young children waiting in line with their parents. They help pick up the cones and give out hand sanitizer.
“Anonymous voters had so much fun waiting in line to vote that they ordered 20 Marco’s pizzas for the people in line and poll workers,” Magaw said. “They generously shared two pizzas with the library staff. Another morning, anonymous voters treated poll workers and voters to Dunkin’ Donuts and coffee.”
One Vote as a Tribute
Despite the wait, the atmosphere for many has been overwhelmingly positive. People are making friends and sharing stories. Some voters stand in silence and think of the challenges of the voting rights history they lived through.
“A voter on the first day of advance voting said she lost her husband over a year ago. He had been a very strong supporter of exercising his right to vote,” the South Cobb branch manager said. “So, to honor him on his birthday, she stood in line.”
“She said it did not matter how long the line was to her, she had to vote that day.”
For information on the 2020 General Election in Cobb County – including Advance Voting locations, Absentee Ballot Drop Box locations, and the November 3 Election Day – contact the Cobb County Elections and Voter Registration office at 770-528-2581 or visit www.cobbelections.org.
Voters can check assigned precinct locations and view specific sample ballots at Georgia’s My Voter Page site at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.