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Peach Board of Elections explains how worker shortage made early voting impossible in the county

The elections supervisor is the only full-time worker on the board. She says it's been a challenge to hire more people over the past five years.

PEACH COUNTY, Ga. — Many counties in Central Georgia did not open the polls for early voting last Saturday.

Peach County was one of them, but the supervisor if the Board of Elections says there's an explanation for it.

Adrienne Ray is the elections supervisor and registrar for the Peach County Board of Education. She is the only full-time employee for the board.

Ray says while runoff elections tend to be quicker at the polls, due to paperwork and worker shortage, she couldn't do it all alone.

"We had due dates, so technically, we could not get ready by Saturday to complete paperwork, especially if I'm working by myself," Ray says.

Ray has about five part-time hires who are helping out.

In the meantime, Fort Valley residents like Keysha Redding want voters to practice their right to vote.

"My grandparents talked about not being able to vote and not having those rights," Redding says.

"It's very important that we vote."

Ray says the polls will be open until Friday, December 2, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. at all Peach County voting locations.

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