Fulton County has extended the hours for early voting and added machines at local polls after pandemic precautions resulted in long lines.

Early voting for the June 9 primary and special election began May 18 and continues through June 5.

Starting on May 20, voting hours will start at 7 a.m. rather than the previously announced 9 a.m., and run through 4:30 p.m. Voting will be held on weekdays — except for Memorial Day, May 25 — and on Saturday, May 30.

Additional voting machines will be added at the polls in Reporter communities: Garden Hills Elementary School gymnasium, 285 Sheridan Drive, Buckhead; and the Sandy Springs Branch Library, 396 Mount Vernon Highway NE, Sandy Springs.

Pandemic precautions will continue. The number of voters inside a polling place will be limited and they will be required to remain at least 6 feet apart. Voters are encouraged to wear face masks and gloves if possible.

In a press release, the county warned that delays are still likely and urged voters to use mail-in absentee ballots instead.

For information about getting an absentee ballot to vote by mail, see the county website here.

For more about candidates in some key races on the ballot, see the Reporter’s Voters Guide here.

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.