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Opinion: I stood in line for four hours to vote

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Hundreds of people wait in line for early voting on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, in Marietta, Georgia. Eager voters have waited six hours or more in the former Republican stronghold of Cobb County, and lines have wrapped around buildings in solidly Democratic DeKalb County. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)

Norman Robinson III, an early Georgia voter with a health history that makes him more vulnerable to Covid-19, writes about why he chose to wait in a long line during the pandemic and what went through his mind between moments of standing and inching forward as the line moved.

That's the word my fraternity brother, who was already in line to vote, loudly and clearly said to me as my wife and I took our place in line roughly 10 people behind him.

Still, I wasn't prepared for the reality of standing in a voting line for what would end up being four hours.

Perseverance was the word I had to remember, and it's what many other Americans planning to vote in person will need to keep in mind too.

Some voters in line were not 6 feet apart.

The people just wanted to vote.

Between hours two and three of me standing, I began thinking about my other motivation and resolve to vote.

For over 10 minutes, people who had already been standing for hours outside weren't allowed to sit at the tables inside.

A poll worker said that they were trying to wait for the line to check ID's inside of the polling station to "go down. " After the fellow voter complained on behalf of the woman with the sparkling gray hair, the poll workers made accommodations for her to sit.

She was going to vote.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and his administration have appeared to make voting something of privilege instead of being a basic right of the citizens of this country.

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