Secretary of State's website crashes during election

Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 5:00pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 5:44pm

Secretary of State Tom Schedler says he and his staff are looking into what crashed their website, which slowed results on election night.

If you were paying attention to the races this past weekend, you probably noticed when the Secretary of State's website shut down. Everyone, including the news media, couldn't get the numbers they needed.

Schedler says it had to do with the amount of people accessing the website with smartphones. He says with people checking on the elections inside and outside the state, the website was bound to crash.

“Think about it, everyone that has a smart phone now is in there refreshing every second, and it is causing total chaos to the system,” said Schedler. “We've never experienced a problem like this before, and hopefully we never will (again)."

The Secretary of State went onto say that one of the possible solutions would be to make two separate websites - one to accommodate the media, and one for the general public.

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I agree with Secretary of State Tom Schedler that people checking on the elections inside and outside the state caused the website to crash. However, it is important that he understand why they are using the cloud, what it can do for them, what it can’t do for them, and how it does what it does before creating multiple websites to avoid the incident from occurring again. To learn how to keep sites safe with cloud services and start understanding the cloud better, you can read more on CDNetworks recent blog posting:

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