The Wayne County Board of Canvassers heard what went wrong with the county’s election results website last Tuesday, as questions and concerns linger about problems with the Aug. 7 primary election. The Grand Rapids-based company ElectionSource runs the site that reports Wayne County’s election results. As vote totals started coming in last Tuesday, the site initially reported the results of some races wrong before shutting the site down altogether for a few hours. ElectionSource CEO Ryan DeLongchamp told the board that was the result of an “internal error” caused by larger-than-expected data files from the county.
Those files contained “a record-breaking amount of data we’d never seen before,” DeLongchamp said, causing the website to start “going so slow it combined data.” That, combined with a deluge of web traffic, caused things to go so haywire that the company temporarily shut the site down at the Wayne County clerk’s request.
DeLongchamp said the company was at fault for the problems. He said the website glitches reflected technical problems that were “totally separate” from the vote-counting process, and did not reflect tabulation actual vote tabulation errors or any third-party interference.