The lines are long for early voting at every polling location in Fort Bend County early Tuesday, but it’s not just because of the increased turnout.
County officials are working to fix a technical glitch that prevented the polls from opening at their scheduled time of 8 a.m.
County leaders said the machines didn’t have today’s date programmed so they wouldn’t work when the polls opened.
“They were not programmed to start this morning. And that had to be reprogrammed,” Fort Bend County District Attorney Brian Middleton said.
He said they are investigating whether it was intentional, but said it could be because they’re using “state-of-the-art machines” for only the second time.
The delays came on the first day of early voting.
“I was extremely disappointed with the technical issues,” In a tweet just after 9 a.m., County Judge KP George. “Those who are responsible will be held accountable. In an era voter where suppression is real, I will authorize a full investigation and call for accountability.”
INTERACTIVE MAP: Where you can vote early in Fort Bend County
Many voters from Sugar Land to Missouri City told KHOU 11 they lined up extra early to vote and stood in line for nearly two hours before being told the polls were not opening on time.
My friend Marlon in Fort Bend county just waited 7 HOURS in line to vote due to avoidable technical errors that forced many to leave before casting their ballots. Join me in supporting Fort Bend county judge @JudgeKPGeorge’s effort to extend voting hours to make up for lost time. pic.twitter.com/P1BPs9P7ag
— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) October 13, 2020
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Amazon is facing a ‘high-stakes shipping gauntlet’ just months after recovering from widespread delays, as it attempts to pull off its biggest Prime Day ever
- Amazon’s 48-hour Prime Day event started early Tuesday morning.
- Moody’s analyst Charlie O’Shea told Business Insider that Prime Day will serve as a litmus test to see if Amazon is able to keep up with its exponential growth.
- The sales event will trigger a surge in orders that will weigh on Amazon’s delivery network, with Moody’s estimating that the company’s fourth-quarter shipping expenses could reach nearly $20 billion.
- “They’re doing the best they can,” O’Shea said. “It’s almost like trying to plug a dam with your finger.”
- Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.
Amazon just kicked off what Moody’s says will likely be the biggest — and most challenging — Prime Day of all time.
The e-commerce giant’s 48-hour Prime Day began early on Tuesday morning. The annual sales event is later than usual this year, with Amazon postponing Prime Day due to the coronavirus pandemic. But Amazon’s decision to delay the massive day of sales does not guarantee the company will be able to escape a tangle of logistical challenges and shipping delays — which could infuriate customers.
“With the 48-hour window for Prime ‘Day’ imminent, and Amazon sure to face logistical challenges due to the inevitable surge in orders, the online leader is once again facing another high-stakes shipping gauntlet,” Moody’s analyst Charlie O’Shea wrote in a report on Monday.
O’Shea told Business Insider in an interview that Prime Day is the lastest litmus test for Amazon’s exponential growth.
The competitive landscape “has never been tougher,” O’Shea said, as rivals like Walmart, Target, and Costco have thrived during the pandemic in part because of their ability to mix online sales with brick-and-mortar stores. Amazon, meanwhile, struggled with delays
Shrugging off a Falcon 9 launch abort last week and a scrub Monday, SpaceX fired 60 more Starlink internet satellites into orbit Tuesday, the thirteenth batch in a fast-growing global network of broadband relay stations. The rocket’s first stage, making its third flight, flew itself to an on-target landing on an offshore drone ship after lifting the upper stage out of the lower atmosphere, chalking up the company’s 61st successful booster recovery.
Michael Seeley, co-founder of We Report Space, posted a stunning photo of the rocket launch silhouetted by the sun.
The launch ended a frustrating stretch of delays dating back to mid September that included back-to-back Falcon 9 launch aborts last Thursday and Friday that grounded the Starlinks and a Space Force Global Positioning System navigation satellite.
The GPS launch remains on hold, but SpaceX was able to correct the unspecified problem that blocked the Starlink launch and after a fourth delay Monday due to stormy weather, the rocket roared to life at 7:29 a.m. EDT Tuesday and shot away from its firing stand at the Kennedy Space Center.
Generating 1.7 million pounds of thrust, the 229-foot-tall rocket vaulted smoothly skyward from historic pad 39A, arcing away on a northeasterly trajectory as it climbed out of the dense lower atmosphere above the Atlantic Ocean.
Two and a half minutes later, the nine Merlin 1D first stage engines shut down as planned and the well-traveled booster, which helped send two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station in May,
The deadline to register to vote in Florida in the upcoming November election is midnight on Oct. 5, 2020, but some voters are having trouble registering online.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla — As Floridians rushed to meet the midnight deadline to register to vote in the November election, some ran into problems accessing the state’s voter registration website.
Just before 6 p.m., Secretary of State Laurel Lee tweeted that the online voter registration website was working.
“Due to high volume, for about 15 minutes, some users experienced delays while trying to register. We have increased capacity. You can register until midnight tonight,” Lee tweeted. “Thank you to those who immediately brought this to our attention.”
But an hour later, some voters still had problems accessing the website and received error messages.
“This is just the latest attempt from the Republican leaders in Florida to limit democracy,” Terrie Rizzo, Chair of the Florida Democratic Party, said in a statement Monday evening. “The Florida Voter Registration website not working on the last day to register to vote in Florida is blatant voter suppression. Fix the website, stop the suppression and let democracy work.”
First Coast News reached out to the Secretary of State and her office, but we have not yet heard back.
Duval County Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan said his office received an email from the state notifying them that the website had delays for about 15 minutes, but he was unaware there were still problems. He said he had not received any calls from voters having trouble registering to vote.
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Google is postponing the enforcement of its new Play Store billing policy in India to April 2022, days after more than 150 startups in the world’s second largest internet market forged an informal coalition to express concerns over the 30% charge the Android-maker plans to mandate on its store and started to explore an alternative marketplace for their apps.
The company, which is going live globally with the new Play Store rule in September 2021, is deferring the enforcement of the policy only in India, it said. It is also listening to developers and willing to engage to allay their concerns, it said.
Last week, Google said it would no longer allow any apps to circumvent its payment system within the Play Store. The move, pitched by Google as a “clarification” of its existing policy, would allow the company to ensure it gets as high as a 30% cut on in-app purchases made through Android apps operating in a range of a categories.
Google’s announcement today is a direct response to the loudest scrutiny it has received in a decade in India — its biggest market by users but also a place where, compared to Western markets, it generates little revenue. More than 150 startups in India last week formed an informal coalition to fight the company’s strong hold on Indian app ecosystem. Google commands 99% of the smartphone market in India, according to research firm Counterpoint.
Among the startups that have expressed concerns over Google’s new policy are Paytm, India’s most valuable startup, payments processor Razorpay, fantasy sports firm Dream11, social network ShareChat, and business e-commerce IndiaMART.
More than 50 Indian executives relayed these concerns to India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology over a video call on Saturday, according to three people who attended the call.