Officials with the North Dakota Secretary of State’s office said the cause of an election night technical problem with the state’s election results page has been fixed. Secretary of State Al Jaeger said safeguards have also been put in place to ensure any similar problems don’t occur during the Nov. 4 general election. To prevent a repeat of the primary election, a load test of the department’s site will be conducted sometime prior to the November election. Jaeger said testing of the state election website was done prior to the 2012 general election, which produced the largest voter turnout in state history. Deputy Secretary of State Jim Silrum said the problem was a relatively minor one discovered in the system. “It was a query that was running inefficiently,” Silrum said. “I can’t blame it on Information Technology Department; I can’t blame it on our vendor.”
Silrum said during a mock election several weeks prior to the June 10 primary, the query issue hadn’t revealed itself and didn’t begin causing problems with the department’s system until election night.
He said the problem was quickly identified and corrected.
“We added CPUs to the server to accommodate the load,” Silrum said. “It was unfortunately stalled for an hour or so. It wasn’t a big issue to be someone having done anything wrong.”
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