Galveston County is one of five Texas jurisdictions to allow "voting centers," in which voters are allowed to cast their ballot at any polling place in the county.
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This was the first time Galveston County used that system, and its debut was marred with numerous glitches. Voting officials reportedly did not boot their computers up in time for the seven a.m. opening -- they had been told to start the process at six, and many poll-watchers failed to meet the opening bell.
According to the Galveston County Daily News, voters at nearly all of the 45 centers in the county experienced long delays. It was not until nine a.m. that nearly all of the centers were open. Moody Methodist Church on the island experienced extended delays beyond that time. Only two machines were online there until workers discovered the problem with all the others -- they had neglected to press the "on" switch on a power strip.
By mutual agreement of Democratic and Republican leaders, to make up for all the SNAFUS, a formal request will be put before a judge to extend the voting centers' hours one hour and 54 minutes.
Things are running "super smooth" now, writes islander Will Wright. Via Facebook, he tells Hair Balls that he and a companion were in and out of their downtown Galveston voting center in less than15 minutes.