A server malfunction — in equipment operated by a private company — resulted in the delay posting primary-election results Tuesday night, the company’s CEO said Thursday. Totals for early and absentee voting didn’t appear on the supervisor of elections website until nearly an hour after the polls closed at 7 p.m. St. Lucie’s problem was part of a domino effect, according to Mindy Perkins, CEO of VR Systems, an online election system-reporting company used by the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections Office and about 50 other Florida counties. A VR Systems technician used an incorrect link to allow Broward County Supervisor of Elections to preview results, according to affidavit from Perkins.
That put Broward results online prematurely and overloaded the server. That, in turn, slowed the results for St. Lucie, Leon and other counties, Perkins stated.
St. Lucie County results weren’t first posted to its website until 7:58 p.m., according to Perkins.
“VR Systems assumes responsibility for this delay, which is not in keeping with our services and performance standards,” Perkins said in a new release Thursday.