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Voting extended an hour at Macon's Northway Church after delayed start

Some voters trying to get in before work couldn't wait and had to leave.

MACON, Ga. — It's primary day in Georgia. After seeing some strong numbers for turnout during early voting, traffic at precincts Tuesday has been described as steady but not busy.

One voting location got off to a rocky start. Northway Church had issues with the voting machines, so some voters who were trying to vote before work couldn't wait and had to leave.

"Easy, less than five minutes in and out," said voter Jenny Greer.

Greer says she had a breezy time casting her ballot on election day at Northway Church. Others had a different experience.

"They got here at 7 a.m. and they weren't able to vote... we weren't able to get the machines up and running until about 8 a.m.," said Mike Kaplan with the Board of Elections.

Kaplan says a user error lead to the voting machines being down for nearly an hour.

"Well, difficulty was we didn't turn the machines on properly. There's a certain sequence you have to go through. We have new poll managers that aren't used to turning it on in the proper sequence, so we had some human computer error this morning. So, it's going to happen and we'll try to make up for it," said Kaplan.

To make up for the delay, the Board of Elections is keeping Northway Church open until 8 p.m.


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