Va. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax seeks registration extension after online voter portal fails

Va. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax seeks registration extension after online voter portal fails


Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax called for the state’s voter registration deadline to be extended past Tuesday after the online registration portal went down due to a network outage.

“We will work with the Administration to resolve this issue and ensure all voters have access to #Vote,” Mr. Fairfax tweeted Tuesday morning.

The state Department of Elections tweeted about the shutdown just before 10 a.m., saying “a fiber [optic cable] cut near the Commonwealth Enterprise Solutions Center was impacting data circuits and VPN connectivity for multiple agencies.”

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The statement also said technicians were working on a repair.

It is not clear what caused the fiber cable cut, or how many state agencies are affected.

Tuesday is the final day to register to vote in-person, online or by mail in Virginia. Despite the online portal shutdown, voters can print and mail a registration application, or register in-person at a local registrar office.

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