Virginia elections, DMV, employment sites back online after fiber cut

Tuesday is last day to register to vote in Virginia
Published: Oct. 13, 2020 at 10:02 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ/NBC12) - Virginians trying to do business with the Department of Elections online were out of luck much of Tuesday, because the citizens' portal website was down, but it has been returned to service.

Governor Northam said Tuesday the outage was connected to a roadside utility work crew cutting a fiber line in Chesterfield County, causing the voter registration portal to experience an outage.

The site is used for things such as registration and absentee ballot information.

Tuesday night at midnight is the deadline to register to vote in Virginia. The governor said his administration is looking at options to extend the voter registration deadline, such as a possible court order, because state statute makes it difficult to extend it otherwise, this close to the November 3 election.

Also out temporarily but back up are the DMV and Virginia Employment Commission’s websites.

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