Virginia Voter Registration Website Crashes On Last Day To Register Before Election

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by Tyler Durden
Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020 - 12:20 PM

Update (1555ET): The online system has been restored, according to local officials.

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In the latest localized malfunction of America's elections infrastructure, the entire statewide voter registration infrastructure of the state of Virginia has just gone offline on the last day to register to vote before the election.

And in a tweet, the Virginia Information Technology Agency claimed that a cable near Route 10 in Chester, Virginia had been mysteriously cut, causing the outage on the final day that voters can register in the state.

The Virginia Department of Elections posted a statement on the registration portal explaining that the system, known as VERIS, was down, and the timeline for its return was unclear: "Due to a network outage, the Citizen Portal is temporarily unavailable. We are working with our network providers to restore service as quickly as possible."

Technicians are reportedly on-site working to fix the outage.

It's unclear when the outage is expected to be repaired.

Anybody unable to register before the deadline won't be allowed to vote; there are typically no exceptions to this rule.

The outage comes a little over a week after a similar incident left Pennsylvania's voter registration system down for roughly two days. That issue was traced to a data center managed by Unisys on behalf of the commonwealth.