Election officials in Georgia have admitted that voting was halted in two counties for several hours due to an unexpected system update made the night before the election.
According to Politico, the temporary glitch caused voting machines to be inoperable for several hours in Spalding and Morgan counties, forcing those polling places to use paper ballots.
As of this writing, there has been no allegation that any votes were lost or tampered with in either county or that anyone was left unable to vote. Officials were able to get the machines back up and running by 10 am.
In a move to accommodate voters held up by the glitch, Superior Court Judge W. Fletcher Sams extended the voting deadline was extended to 11 pm.
“The lines are a bit longer than we would like,” said Elections Director Jennifer Doran to WAGA-TV early on Tuesday. “We are asking voters to be patient while we work to get everyone voted.”
It wasn’t until later on that officials cited a glitch due to a system update as the culprit for the delay.
“That is something that they don’t ever do. I’ve never seen them update anything the day before the election,” Spalding County Board of Election elections supervisor Marcia Ridley told Politico.
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