On Election Day morning, all of the voting machines in Georgia’s Spalding County were temporality down after a “glitch” wreaked havoc on their system.
According to WSBTV, the Secretary of State’s office said mid-morning on Tuesday that “the system is back up after a glitch caused major problems at polling places across Spalding County today.”
“Officials say workers in Spalding County incorrectly loaded information onto the poll pads Tuesday morning so none of the machines were working,” the report said.
Quickly trying to fix the problem, county officials “rushed thousands of provisional ballots to each precinct so voting could continue,” WSBTV said, adding that “many voters spent much of the morning standing in line. Some chose to come back later in the day.”
Tuesday morning, the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office alerted residents to the error via Facebook: “The computers at all polling locations across Spalding County are down. The problem is being worked on and hopefully will be resolved quickly. Until the issue is fixed, paper ballots are being used at all locations.”
Spalding County Elections Supervisor Marcia Ridley urged voters “to be patient and assured voters that they will be able to cast their ballots,” according to WSBTV. “She said they have no plans to stay open past 7 p.m. unless there is a court order.” Though, if you are in line by 7 p.m., you are permitted to vote into the night.
During the 2016 presidential election, Spalding County went 60.9% to President Donald Trump and 36.4% to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to The New York Times.