Emails show how election officials shut down website on National Voter Registration Day

Nearly 300 pages of emails obtained by WWL-TV through a public records request seem to indicate the scheduling snafu was an honest mistake.

NEW ORLEANS — In mid-August, Louisiana elections officials delayed the scheduled maintenance of the state’s voter registration website from Sept. 8 to Sept. 22, apparently never noticing the move would shut down the site for hours on National Voter Registration Day and cause a political firestorm.

Nearly 300 pages of public Secretary of State’s Office emails obtained by WWL-TV through a public records request seem to indicate the scheduling snafu was an honest mistake by election officials who were focused on the Aug. 15 municipal elections and an especially challenging election season.

“The 2020 election cycle presented unprecedented challenges to our state, including a global pandemic and two hurricanes,” Secretary of State spokesman Tyler Brey said. “Despite a strained staff, the July and August elections were conducted

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Newly Launched Website SeeSay2020 Collects Reports of Ballot Issues, Voter Intimidation at the Polls

A record-setting 28 million Americans have already voted in the 2020 election. Thousands more say they’ve tried, but ran into problems and had nowhere to turn. But a newly launched website,, hopes to change that.

People can visit the site to report allegations of election irregularity, including ballot issues, voter intimidation and poll problems.

“If your vote is interfered with, and you are motivated enough to pick up your phone and put in it, we’re gonna post it,” campaign director Megan Matson told Inside Edition.

The reports create a national database that is displayed on the site virtually.

“It’s all right in your hand,” Matson said. “If you’ve got a phone with you, take a picture of anything relevant. It goes straight to our volunteers—they check that record for just basic credibility.”

Co-designer of the site, Andrea Miller, talked to Inside Edition about some of the real issues

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Facebook Says it Rejected 2.2M Ads for U.S. Voter Manipulation

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Normally I’m one to give credit where credit is due. But when you’re talking about a company with Facebook’s extensive laundry list of screwups, a healthy dose of side-eye is in order whenever its execs are quick to start patting themselves on the back for integrity. It’s like, OK guys, so you’re working on not completely undermining the democratic process this time around. Congrats on doing the bare minimum and refusing to profit (as much) off of election misinformation campaigns, I guess.

Maybe don’t break out the champagne glasses just yet, though.

A top Facebook exec said the company has rejected 2.2 million ads and withdrawn 120,000 posts in total across Facebook and Instagram that were trying to “obstruct voting” in the 2020 presidential election, the Guardian reported Sunday. In addition to that, it’s slapped warning labels on

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Virginia Extends Voter Registration Deadline Until Oct. 15 After Website Outage : NPR

Virginia’s online voter registration system went down on the worst day possible: the last day that residents are allowed to register to vote.

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A federal judge in Richmond has ruled that Virginia must extend online and in-person voter registration until 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 15.

The order comes after a construction project accidentally cut a fiber internet line yesterday that took down several state websites, including the Department of Elections website on the last day of voter registration.

U.S. Judge John A. Gibney Jr. made the ruling early Wednesday morning in a lawsuit brought by several voter rights groups.

“There’s really not a lot of harm to the Commonwealth and the state registrars by extending the period of registration in this case,” Gibney Jr. said in the teleconference hearing, “but there is tremendous harm to the people who want to register to

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Court Order Extends Virginia Voter Registration Deadline by 48 Hours Following Website Outage

A federal court has granted to extend Virginia’s voter registration deadline by 48 hours after the state’s Department of Elections website shut down on Tuesday, just hours before the original deadline.

a man wearing a hat: A woman votes at an early voting location in Fairfax, Virginia on September 18, 2020.

A woman votes at an early voting location in Fairfax, Virginia on September 18, 2020.

The new deadline to register to vote in Virginia is Thursday, October 15 at 11:59 p.m.

New Virginia Majority Education Fund and a coalition of groups filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Richmond to extend the deadline for voter registration. They argued that the lack of an extension would disproportionately affect minority groups and younger voters who tend to register on the last day.

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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring also filed a brief on Tuesday asking the court to extend the deadline.


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Virginia voter registration website goes down on last day to register

Voters cast their ballots for the 2020 election at an early, in-person voting location in Arlington, Virginia, on September 18, 2020.

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Virginia’s Citizen Portal has gone down due to a cut fiber on Tuesday, preventing people from registering to vote online on the last day of voter registration in the state, the Department of Elections says.

Residents can still register to vote by mailing in or dropping off paper applications.

Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax said the outages are reported statewide and called for the voter registration deadline to be extended beyond Tuesday. However, the Board of Elections hasn’t announced plans to adjust the deadline.

The outage is also affecting registrar’s offices, the Virginia Department of Elections said on Twitter.

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The Citizen Portal, which allows voters to register online, was temporarily unavailable on Tuesday morning, a message posted on the

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Virginia election officials ask court to extend voter registration deadline after website crash

Virginia’s voter registration website went down on Tuesday, the final day for people in the state to register ahead of Election Day. The website was down until the early afternoon for more than five and a half hours.

“Due to a network outage, the Citizen Portal is temporarily unavailable,” the Virginia Department of Elections wrote on its site Tuesday morning. 

Officials tweeted that a “fiber cut” in Chester, near the Commonwealth Enterprise Solutions Center, impacted connectivity for multiple state agencies. The cut cable, which appeared to be an accident, affected both the voting portal and the registrar’s offices. 

“We are working with our network providers to restore service as quickly as possible,” the department said. “Please check back later for your online voter registration or absentee needs.”

Voters looking to register were directed to this statement from the Virginia Department of Elections during the outage on October 13, 2020.


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