Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner verified to the State Senate on Monday that his office is working to “refresh” the state’s glitch-prone voter registration system by July, averting potential problems that could have threatened the 2016 presidential election cycle. Detzner said his office has already ordered the new computer hardware and expects it to be delivered next month. He said his office is on course to have the new voter system up and operating by July. Two weeks ago the Herald-Tribune reported that statewide county supervisors of elections have become increasingly vocal about their concerns over the current Florida Voter Registration System, which has been prone to crashing – sometimes for days at a time. The voting system is a statewide database that is used to check in voters to ensure their eligibility to cast a ballot.
If the system crashes during an election, the state does not have an adequate back plan and could be left to force thousands of eligible voters to cast provisional ballots.
After repeatedly seeking a solution to the glitches, the state’s supervisors of elections sent a stern warning letter to Detzner in late February. It was their second letter since the start of 2015.