Early voting for Bibb County's runoff slowed to a crawl Friday morning due to computer problems.
Some people in line at the board of elections off Pio Nono Avenue said they'd waited as long as two hours to vote. They said election workers told them the voting machines were not connecting to the Internet. Some gave up and left.
Around 11:15, 13WMAZ's Judy Le said the line was still growing. She estimated there were about 100 outside and 60 more inside the office.
Veronica Seals, a staff member, told us around 10:30 that they'd had computer "issues" this morning but that the system was working.
Just before Noon, Elections Supervisor Jeanetta Watson confirmedthey had problems connecting to the internet. She saidinformation technologyworkerswere there at the office, and had fixed the problem.
"It just makes the line move a little slower when we don't have all of the computers processing at the same time," said Watson. "We apologize to the community for the wait. We're just working to make sure that everybody that's coming out to vote today gets a chance to vote."
Early voting for the runoff is scheduled to end today. The final vote is Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Voters will pick the first mayor for the consolidated Macon and Bibb and settle four county commission races.
Although the elections office is scheduled to close at 5:30 p.m., people in line at closing time will be allowed to vote.