North Carolinians playing Election Night Bingo were able to fill out at least one square: the State Board of Elections website crashed.
At any given time Tuesday night, 10,000 people could be on the website, but many people saw a few error messages before successfully loading the page, said Joshua Lawson, spokesman for the elections board.
This isn’t the first time there have been website bugs – during the May primary, many precinct results loaded online incorrectly.
In both instances, the board had the correct ballot figures, but there were issues displaying them online, Lawson said.
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“There is a back-end application that runs elections,” he said. “It’s how counties upload all the data results. Separate from that there’s a display application. The display application is what the rest of the world will see. The application itself wasn’t failing. The breakdown was in displaying those results.”
Lawson said it’s unclear what caused the issues and that the board is considering a third-party audit of the breakdown.
Before 2014, the State Board of Elections used SOE Software, an election software company, but the contract was dissolved before the May 2014 primary because it wasn’t cost-effective, Lawson said.
The board used in-house software in for the primary and Tuesday’s general election.
“We’re assessing whether website size, overall load and traffic contributed to a display error.”
The website is now functioning. Lawson said the elections board is committed to adding online features, such as viewers being able to filter results by county and precinct.
“State-of-the-art is not as helpful when it isn’t loading properly,” he said.
“We do have accurate results and we want to reflect the accurate results. It’s an important part of what we do on Election Day.”