Fort Bend County voters stood in long lines on the first day of early voting Tuesday.

In some places, the lines were made longer due to hiccups with some of the voting machines.

Many voters were frustrated and some county leaders wondered if the machines were down intentionally.

Fort Bend County Judge KP George said he would order an investigation into the affair and hold people accountable.

The term “voter suppression” was mumbled by those in line and passed around on social media all day.

But it’s too early to tell if the delayed voting was done intentionally. And, probably more likely, it was simply an oversight, which was corrected by around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

To make up for the delay, early voting will be extended for the next couple of days.

The long lines are evident that voters understand the importance of this election and are willing to commit their time and energy to cast their votes.

And it is important. Fort Bend County voters will help elect a president, U.S. senator, plenty of judges, state lawmakers, a sheriff, county attorney, tax assessor-collector, two county commissioners, constables and justices of the peace.

So hang in there. Sure, the lines are long, but the wait is worth it.

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