A severed fiber-optic cable knocked out online voter registration in Virginia on Tuesday — the last day to register before the November election, officials said.
The Virginia Department of Elections tweeted in the morning that a “fiber cut” was impacting connectivity for several agencies, including the citizen portal and registrar’s offices. Technicians were on site to repair the cable.
The Verizon cable was “inadvertently struck” during a roadside utilities project in Chester near Route 10, the Virginia Information Technologies Agency tweeted.
At 2 p.m., Lindsay LeGrand, a spokeswoman for the agency that provides technology services to the state, estimated to the Washington Post that service would be restored “in the next couple of hours.”
Some voter advocacy groups, as well as Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, called for a court order to extend the voter registration deadline beyond Tuesday.
Residents complained to local election offices that they were unable to register to vote or had to stop early voting.