Clickability tracking pixel

Brief: Virginia Voter Database Down on Last Day to Register

Virginia's voter registration database was knocked offline on the final day to register to vote for the November election. Officials are working to correct the problem that also affected other state websites.

by Robyn Sidersky, The Virginian-Pilot / October 13, 2020
Voters for no-excuse, in-person absentee voting at Norfolk City Hall in Norfolk on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. TNS

(TNS) — On the final day to register to vote in Virginia for the November election, the state’s voter registration database is down statewide, the Virginia Beach deputy registrar confirmed Tuesday morning.

It means that any voter who wants to vote early in person while the system is down will have to cast a provisional ballot and anyone who wants to register to vote will have to do so in person, said Christine Lewis, the deputy voter registrar in Virginia Beach.

She said the state is working on restoration.

The Virginia Information Technologies Agency, which provides cybersecurity, IT infrastructure services and IT governance for the state, tweeted that technicians are on site working to repair a damaged cable. “A fiber cut near Route 10 in Chester near the Commonwealth Enterprise Solutions Center (CESC) is impacting data circuits and virtual private network (VPN) connectivity for multiple Commonwealth agencies,” according to a tweet.

Other state websites, such as the DMV, also appear to be down.

©2020 The Virginian-Pilot, Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Looking for the latest gov tech news as it happens? Subscribe to GT newsletters.

E.REPUBLIC Platforms & Programs