When the Internet went down Thursday afternoon at the Lauderdale County Courthouse, election officials could no longer tabulate affidavit votes. Those are the votes that will decide the tight District 4 supervisors race between incumbent Joe Norwood and challenger Gerald Hudson.
For the candidates, this means more waiting in an election that has already taken a long time to certify. The final results will now be announced as early as possible, according to party officials.
Democratic Party chair Melba Clark said the process has certainly been time consuming, however she and other Democrat election officials did just start the process Thursday morning while the Republicans began the morning after the election and completed the work.
"It's so time consuming there is such a big job of preparing for, then counting the ballots," said Clark.
In the meantime, Hudson says because the vote count is so close he will ask that the results be reexamined. Not including the affidavit votes, Norwood leads Hudson by 24 votes. Norwood said he wanted to wait until the process was complete before commenting on it.
The Lauderdale County Courthouse is closed Friday, while the air conditioning is repaired.