As election returns came in Tuesday night, those interested in the outcome — candidates, their supporters and members of the media — were left waiting as the Sheboygan County website failed to update with election returns for hours. Final results weren’t available until around midnight, and even then the website wasn’t fully updated. Blame technology. The county experienced a website crash that County Clerk Jon Dolson said the county’s IT department still has yet to fully understand. He said the third party that operates the new county website was still investigating the issue on Wednesday.
Also contributing to the problem was the state Government Accountability Board, which oversees elections, changed the way data is uploaded from 2012 to this year, Dolson said. “There was a lot more manual entry into the software and reading cartridges that slowed things down,” Dolson said.