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Some wait 8 hours to cast a vote

SNELLVILLE - An "unprecedented" number of voters casting ballots Monday overloaded a state computer system, causing people to wait, in some cases, more than eight hours.

Gwinnett Elections Superintendent Lynn Ledford did not have numbers of voters available late Monday, but said the glitch caused long lines at the county's four satellite voting locations, which opened Monday.

"The system keeps going up and down, so a normal two to two and half hour wait has turned into six hours," Ledford said in an e-mail Monday.

As poll workers tackled the computer issues, people waited outside on a blustery Monday, some with blankets and chairs, at the Centerville Community Center location. As all those in line by 7 p.m. were allowed to wait to cast ballots, people continued to vote after 9 p.m.

Ledford said her staff would have more equipment available for voting today. People can cast ballots from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bethany Church Road community center, as well as George Pierce Park's community center, the Dacula Activities Building and Singleton Road Activities Building, in addition to the elections headquarters at 455 Grayson Highway in Lawrenceville from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Ledford said she expected 2,000 people to vote per site every day through Friday.

Polls will be open throughout Gwinnett from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 4.