A software glitch on the Colorado Secretary of State’s mobile-optimized website prevented nearly 800 people using tablets and mobile phones from registering to vote. Secretary of State Scott Gessler said the problem occurred between Sept. 14 and Monday because of a software update to the site. The update indavertently caused a problem that prevented 779 people from registering, said Gessler, a Republican. “Frankly, our office did not engage in enough user testing before we rolled out a software fix,” he said, placing the blame squarely on his office. The office now has fixed the problem, having discovered it Monday, but it doesn’t know who the people are who tried to register. That’s why Gessler is asking people who think they registered during the days in question to check their registrations at govotecolorado.com.
Mobile devices like iPads, iPhones, Android devices and other tablets can now be used again to register to vote. Gessler said Colorado is the only state in the country that has a mobile-optimized site, which the state launched Aug. 28. Phil Hayes, political director of the Colorado AFL-CIO, said as many as 200 of his union’s members could be among those whose registrations didn’t take. That’s because union representiatives have been out on worksites for months registering members to vote – using iPads.