The Arizona secretary of state’s website repeatedly froze and crashed during the Tuesday primary, renewing criticism of the office over its struggles in running state elections. The website crash prevented the public from easily accessing primary election results and led to a host of comments blasting the office on Twitter. The new site was touted by Secretary of State Michele Reagan as a replacement for a glitch-prone website that also led to reporting delays in the 2012 and 2014 election cycles. Reagan spokesman Matt Roberts said early Tuesday evening that the office was prepared and had backup plans in place for the new system. A chagrined Roberts said late Tuesday that “we’re not completely sure as to what’s causing some of the slowness in the reporting.”
“We are showing accurate results — certainly not at the rate we want to,” he said. He promised an effort to discover and fix the problem.
The website issues surfaced five months after people waited for hours to cast ballots in the Phoenix area during the presidential primary. Reagan was blamed for not foreseeing problems with the county’s plan to drastically cut the number of polling sites.
The specter of Arizona’s past voting problems was visible in other areas Tuesday as well.