Last week, the Centralized Voter Registration system — a computer program that contains the names, addresses and party affiliation of all registered voters in the state — failed a stress test. Another test was conducted on Sunday and preliminary reports from the Secretary of the State’s office indicated that things went well. But the real test will come on Thursday when 100 registrars throughout the state will try to log onto the system at the same time and print out their voter lists or do other pre-election tasks. Mark Raymond, the state’s chief information officer, said last week that they were continuing to “fine tune” the system and believe that they would be able to ensure that the database is accessible in the lead-up to the Nov. 6 election. The deadline to register by mail is Oct. 23, but you can register in person until Oct. 30.
Av Harris, spokesman for the Secretary of the State’s office, said that everybody tends to log in to the system in October during the last part of the election cycle. The stress test failed because there were extensive delays for registrars, but Harris said the office is coming up with a backup plan if the server issues aren’t resolved soon. He said they’re coming up with a schedule which would stagger access to the database if problems persist.