Cut fiber causing outages for ‘multiple Commonwealth agencies,’ impacting voter registration

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VIRGINIA (WRIC/WJHL) — A cut fiber is causing outages for several Virginia state agencies.

According to a statement from the Virginia Department of Elections, the outage is affecting the citizen portal for voter registration.

VDE provided the following statement to News Channel 11,

This morning the Department of Elections was alerted by the Virginia Information Technology Agency that a fiber cut near Rt. 10 in Chester near the Commonwealth Enterprise Solutions Center (CESC) was impacting data circuits and virtual private network (VPN) connectivity for multiple Commonwealth agencies. This has affected the Department’s citizen portal along with local registrar’s offices across the Commonwealth. Technicians are on site and working to repair the cut; updates will be provided as work progresses.  

Due to the outage, state agency websites like DMV, Virginia Employment Commission and Virginia’s online voter registration are not working.

Penny Limburg, the Bristol, Virginia Registrar of Elections, told News Channel 11 that the issue is impacting online voter registration.

Limburg said voters are unable to register of the November election online until the issue is corrected.

According to Limburg, Virginians wanting to register to vote need to go in person to their local registrar of election office to sign up.

The Virginia Department of Health’s website is also experiencing issues, according to the Cumberland Plateau Health District. This is causing a delay in the release of COVID-19 data on Tuesday.

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