Network problems create Macon-Bibb voting delay Friday morning

Staff reportOctober 11, 2013 

Computer network problems at the Macon-Bibb County Board of Election office Friday morning prompted some prospective voters to give up and leave on the last day to cast early ballots before Tuesday’s runoffs.

By noon, when the wait was about 50 minutes, the Internet-related glitches were fixed and the line to vote soon moved along.

“We apologize to the community for the wait,” said Elections Supervisor Jeanetta Watson. “We’re just working to make sure that everybody that’s coming out to vote today gets a chance to vote.”

The elections office, at 2445 Pio Nono Ave., was open until 5:30 p.m.

Early voting turnout has increased daily. Thursday’s final tally was 1,106, bringing the five-day total -- including the tally from Oct. 5 -- to 4,754. Friday’s totals were not immediately available.

Voters are picking the first mayor for the consolidated Macon-Bibb County government as well as four new county commissioners.

Watson said the early turnout has surprised her.

“I believe we’re seeing more people now than we saw in the presidential (race),” she said. “I think this has been busier than any other election we’ve had recently.”

Voter A.B. Small, 70, a retired mortgage banker, was in line early Friday afternoon.

He was waiting behind a woman in a Las Vegas T-shirt. “It’s high stakes for Macon and Bibb County,” Small, glancing at the shirt, said.

“This is the second, third time I’ve tried to vote,” he said. “This is the shortest line I’ve seen.”

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