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3 election sites in California are among 18 nationwide to crash

3 election sites in California are among 18 nationwide to crash
Screenshots of the restored Contra Costa County election hub, left, and the unavailable Ventura County website, right.

Eighteen government websites designed by a Florida company to deliver voters polling information and election results repeatedly crashed Tuesday.

Digital election hubs for Ventura, Contra Costa and Shasta counties in California built by SOE Software, based in Tampa, Fla., crashed throughout the day under heavier-than-anticipated traffic, a company spokeswoman said.

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The high web traffic overwhelmed a company server, said Maureen Szlemp, who added that technicians were working to restore access to the sites.

She said the company had not experienced outages like this before.

Some sites, including Contra Costa County's, have come back, while others are still down.

Election sites for Denton and Dallas counties in Texas, Arapahoe County in Colorado and Ventura County were still down at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Ventura County officials are telling voters to use their mobile phone app "VC elections" for updates.

The Ventura site has been going down and coming back since 8 a.m. Tuesday, said Tracy Saucedo, assistant registrar of voters.

"At first they said wait 30 minutes and then that turned into, 'We are not so sure anymore,'" she said Tuesday afternoon.

Voters resorted to older methods and called the registrar for information, she said.

"It was kind of old school," she said.

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