The problem was discovered between 10:30 and 11 p.m. In addition to delaying 6th district results, it also affected updates in the Roswell, Johns Creek and South Fulton elections. Counting in all had to be halted while the card was found.
Candice Broce, a spokesperson for the Secretary of State’s office, said the problem seemed to come from the fact that Fulton had to run multiple databases to handle the various elections. She said an investigator is at the county’s main elections center, but that the problem appears to be a technical issue.
“It seems like they got it squared away pretty quickly,” she said. “We’re still trying to figure out exactly what the connection was.”
Just after midnight, Barron said he was “ready to keep going.” He estimated the problem pushed results back by an hour and 15 minutes.