Two voting precincts in Cobb were ordered to stay open late on Tuesday after the schools hosting voters were placed on brief lockdowns.
Teasley Elementary School was briefly placed on lockdown Tuesday morning after someone reported seeing a man with a gun in the vicinity, which turned out to be a false alarm.
Cobb police say school employees mistook the man’s cell phone holster for a weapon and reported him.
The call came as parents were dropping off their students, according to a district spokesperson, and the school was placed on lockdown “out of an abundance of caution.”
The lockdown was lifted after students and staff were deemed safe and the school day continued as normal, according to the district.
Teasley Elementary is located along Spring Hill Parkway in Smyrna.
Cobb Senior Judge George Kreeger ordered the voting precinct to stay open until 7:20 p.m. instead of the scheduled 7 p.m. closing time since the lockdown stopped voters from casting ballots for about 20 minutes, according to Ross Cavitt, spokesperson for the Cobb County government.
Kreeger also signed an order Tuesday afternoon for the voting precinct at Murdock Elementary School to stay open until 7:11 p.m. after voting had to stop for 11 minutes due to a “Code Yellow” lockdown, Cavitt said.