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First day of voting, elections system snafu



UPDATE! The Division of Elections is running back up to normal speed, reports agency spokeswoman Jennifer Krell Davis. A Panhandle County was streaming large amounts of data on the state's server and that slowed down the process statewide. The problem has been resolved.

Early voting has begun for the primary, and already some counties are complaining of problems.

A few counties, including Leon, Okaloosa and Palm Beach are reporting that the Division of Elections' voter database system is running very slow and getting "bogged down," said Leon County elections supervisor Ion Sancho. It's making it difficult to look up voters, he said. "It’s backing up and effecting internal operations in our office. We need this for voting and it's not working today," Sancho added.

The Division of Elections called the slowness problem a minor snag and say they're in the process of rebooting their systems to get them running up to speed, said elections agency spokeswoman Jennifer Krell Davis.

Davis acknowledged that the database system has been running slow, but she said that each supervisor should be able to access their own local data without tapping the state's database. The slow system should only impact supervisor's ability to look up new voters to a county, she said. Davis added that poll workers can call Tallahassee staffers to look up voters.

"Obviously our system being slow is an issue, and we’ve addressed that," she said. Davis said she didn't know why the system was running so slow on the first day of early voting.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:06am]


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