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After breakdowns, state voter database is A-OK



UPDATE: Florida's statewide voter database is "up and running" following two temporary breakdowns this week, the Secretary of State's office said Wednesday afternoon.

For the second time this week, Florida's electronic voter database has shut down, complicating the work of the state's 67 county election supervisors.

The system, known as FVRS (Florida Voter Registration System), is maintained by the state, and is the electronic backbone of voter registration in the nation's largest swing state. Election supervisors need constant access to FVRS, and never more than when a presidential election is right around the corner. The deadline for counties to mail overseas and military ballots to Florida voters is this Saturday, Sept. 22, and the elections officials need steady access to the database for information on those voters.

"The FVRS system is completely down," Maria Matthews, chief of the state Bureau of Voter Registration Services, told county elections officials Wednesday morning. 

In a follow-up alert to election supervisors, Martin County Supervisor of Elections Vicki Davis sent this email: "I just spoke with Maria regarding FVRS and she said everything was holding this morning with the system. She sent the email to all supervisors and, as we know, the system went back down again. The IT Department is doing everything they can to fix the problem as quickly as possible." 

The system also was down and inaccessible on Tuesday, but was back to normal Tuesday night. "The whole state was down for a day-and-a-half or so," said Mike Ertel, Seminole County's election supervisor.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 3:04pm]


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