Cut Fiber Downs Virginia Voter Registration Site On Last Day To Sign Up

Written by on October 13, 2020

On Tuesday morning, Virginia officers introduced {that a} minimize fiber was accountable for crashing the state’s voter registration web site on what’s the final day for potential voters to enroll.

In a tweet despatched at 9 a.m., the Virginia Data Applied sciences Company stated the minimize fiber was affecting the networks of “a number of” state companies. One other tweet, despatched by VITA close to 1 p.m., stated that the Verizon fiber was “inadvertently struck” throughout a roadside utilities undertaking and that “technicians proceed to work diligently on a decision.”

The Virginia Division of Elections confirmed midmorning that its Citizen Portal, the net platform it makes use of for voter registration, went offline because of the minimize.

The latest updates from the Division of Elections had been posted on social media shortly earlier than 10 a.m., when it stated technicians had been on web site working to restore the issue. 

Shortly after information of the statewide outage broke Tuesday, Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) referred to as for the voter registration deadline to be prolonged past Tuesday. 

Later Tuesday afternoon, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam additionally stated he would assist a court-ordered extension of the voter registration deadline.

Virginia prolonged that deadline in 2016 after the voter registration web site crashed on the final day for registration that yr and the progressive advocacy group New Virginia Majority and others sued for extra time.

The state Division of Elections didn’t reply to HuffPost’s request for remark. 

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