The lines are long for early voting at every polling location in Fort Bend County early Tuesday, but it’s not just because of the increased turnout.
County officials are working to fix a technical glitch that prevented the polls from opening at their scheduled time of 8 a.m.
County leaders said the machines didn’t have today’s date programmed so they wouldn’t work when the polls opened.
“They were not programmed to start this morning. And that had to be reprogrammed,” Fort Bend County District Attorney Brian Middleton said.
He said they are investigating whether it was intentional, but said it could be because they’re using “state-of-the-art machines” for only the second time.
The delays came on the first day of early voting.
“I was extremely disappointed with the technical issues,” In a tweet just after 9 a.m., County Judge KP George. “Those who are responsible will be held accountable. In an era voter where suppression is real, I will authorize a full investigation and call for accountability.”
INTERACTIVE MAP: Where you can vote early in Fort Bend County
Many voters from Sugar Land to Missouri City told KHOU 11 they lined up extra early to vote and stood in line for nearly two hours before being told the polls were not opening on time.
My friend Marlon in Fort Bend county just waited 7 HOURS in line to vote due to avoidable technical errors that forced many to leave before casting their ballots. Join me in supporting Fort Bend county judge @JudgeKPGeorge’s effort to extend voting hours to make up for lost time. pic.twitter.com/P1BPs9P7ag
— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) October 13, 2020
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