WASHINGTON — Problems with a Virginia election system created long waits in the state’s largest county as residents lined up to register to vote on Monday — the last day to sign up and be able to vote in the Nov. 8 presidential race.
Fairfax County Registrar Cameron Sasnett said no one who attempted to register to vote was turned away. But waits at the North County Government Center in Reston midday took as long as an hour and were up to 45 minutes at the main Government Center in Fairfax.
Problems with the Virginia Department of Elections computer system, a central database that houses voter information, also slowed in-person absentee voting and effected the state’s citizen portal for those trying to register to vote online, he said.
Sasnett described the problem as a severe slowdown in the performance of the system, which is used by registrars throughout the state. He said the system was at its slowest in the middle of the day, likely due to high demand, and improved at the end of the business day.