People trying to check results on the Virginia Board of Elections’ Web site Tuesday night were temporarily stymied when the server became overloaded and crashed, officials said. The nonprofit Virginia Public Access Project and a few media organizations were able to access the agency’s downloadable, public files and publish results of the most-watched contests — for the Senate, House of Representatives and Arlington County Board — on their own Web sites. But for a school board or a town council race, or a countywide bond issue, those results were hard to find.
Elections board officials said they did not know how many people were trying to access the site when the server crashed. The failure has prompted Arlington’s registrar of elections to consider reinstating the county’s own database, which was shut down five years ago because the state had begun duplicating the work.
“We’re looking at a presidential election in two years, and that has everybody really worried,” said Arlington’s registrar, Linda Lindberg. “This is a community commitment you can’t afford to cut. We have mandatory functions during an election.”