Voter registration system goes down in Va. on last day to register after fiber cable ‘accidentally’ cut

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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.

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.

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.”

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.”

Right on cue, there were claims of voter suppression in Virginia — never mind that the state is run by Democrats.

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:

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