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A fiber cable was “accidentally cut” and shut down the voter registration system in Virginia on Tuesday, the last day to register to vote before election day, according to WUSA 9.
“This morning we were alerted by VITA that a fiber cut near the Commonwealth Enterprise Solutions Center was impacting data circuits and VPN connectivity for multiple agencies. This has affected the citizen portal along w/ registrar’s offices,” the Virginia Department of Elections tweeted.
In a follow-up tweet, the department said technicians were working on-site to repair the line.
This morning we were alerted by VITA that a fiber cut near the Commonwealth Enterprise Solutions Center was impacting data circuits and VPN connectivity for multiple agencies. This has affected the citizen portal along w/ registrar’s offices.
— VA Dept of Elections (@vaELECT) October 13, 2020
In what appears to be quite the coincidence, the Virginia Information Technologies Agency reported “the fiber was inadvertently struck as part of activities associated with a roadside utilities project.”
Work continued to repair the accidental cut and get the registration system back up.
UPDATE: Technicians continue to work diligently on a resolution. The team has learned that the fiber was inadvertently struck as part of activities associated with a roadside utilities project. VITA, @ChesterfieldVa and @Verizon continue to collaborate on service restoration. pic.twitter.com/SgVDvIZjoO
— VITA (@VITAagency) October 13, 2020
Wasting little time, Democrats immediately called for an extension of the deadline.
Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax took to social media to “officially” request that it be extended “beyond today.”
VA @LGJustinFairfax calls for Virginia's voter registration deadline to be extended after the statewide system is down https://t.co/roHCtgZteh
— Laura Geller TV (@LauraGellerTV) October 13, 2020
Ironically, the online voter registration system in Florida went down last Monday, which was the last day to register, after the site “was accessed by an unprecedented 1.1 million requests per hour.”
That was according to Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee, who oversees the voting system, NBC Miami reported.
The unexpected heavy traffic crashed the state’s online system and an investigation was launched to find out what happened, though Lee said at the time they had “not identified any evidence of interference or malicious activity.”
Again, Democrats immediately called for an extension of the registration deadline.
In calling for the extension, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried went so far as to accuse Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of “voter suppression.”
Not planning for a voter registration surge is voter suppression.
Not ensuring everyone who wants to register can do so is voter suppression.
Not extending the deadline is voter suppression.@GovRonDeSantis & @FLSecofState, you must extend the deadline.https://t.co/AjJul6VZhV
— Nikki Fried (@nikkifried) October 6, 2020
Right on cue, there were claims of voter suppression in Virginia — never mind that the state is run by Democrats.
“Accidentally cut?” Remember what just happened in Florida? These are not coincidental. This is voter suppression. https://t.co/ctP8m5UcKf
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) October 13, 2020
Gov. DeSantis extended the 7 p.m. Monday deadline to Tuesday in Florida, although the left pushed for more time.
Florida’s chief information officer James Grant told the Associated Press two days later that misconfigured computer servers were to blame for the crash of the system, not a cyberattack.
“The servers were configured in a way that reduced its capacity to a fraction of a fraction of what it was capable of,” Grant said.
Hard-left shadow groups like the Dream Defenders and New Florida Majority filed a lawsuit to give Floridians even more time to register, but the effort was shot down in court.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
An “accidentally” cut cable has brought down the entire voter registration system in Virginia on the last day that voters could register.
I haven’t seen an accident like this since two cameras watching Jeffrey Epstein both “accidentally” malfunctioned during his suicide.
— JRehling (@JRehling) October 13, 2020
"Someone accidentally picked up scissors, clumsily fell down near the cable, and then accidentally put their hand under the cable with one hand and–this is one in a million but true–accidentally cut that cable with the scissors in their other hand…" https://t.co/Q6urOoFLCR
— Walking Eagle News (@TheEagleist) October 13, 2020
The Virginia Secretary of State is an elected Democrat. Someone please inform the crazy leftists who are trying to blame an accidentally cut line on the VA GOP.
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) October 13, 2020
Well that’s odd. A similar accident, one that the cause is still undetermined, happened in Florida on the last day to register to vote too. Strange how it happens on the last day to register but not other days.
— Cindy Strait (@CStrait2) October 13, 2020
So the left will claim voter suppression by GOP… in 3…2…1
— Colorado RedTraci (@goptraci) October 13, 2020
Virginia GOP: pic.twitter.com/T6mNMfzCr5
— Steve Silver (@SteveTSRA) October 13, 2020
“Oh, right! They ‘accidentally’ cut the cable that caused the entire Virginia voter registration online system to go down on the last day to register to vote before election day… 👇🏽” #VoterSuppression pic.twitter.com/qnRnxM0U9f
— Chet Powell (@ChetPowell) October 13, 2020
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