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Website caused election result delays, Shirley Anderson says

Published:   |   Updated: August 27, 2014 at 03:17 PM

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— It didn’t take Elections Supervisor Shirley Anderson long Tuesday night to realize there were glitches in her department’s website that transmitted the results of the primary votes.

It didn’t help, she said, when a poll worker at one of the precincts — True Holiness Church of Jesus Christ on Wiscon Road — left the Accu-vote equipment at the site and had to return later to retrieve the supplies. That led to the final results being delayed until about 11 p.m.

Anderson said she was a victim of technology but is offering no excuses.

“The buck stops here,” she said.

She sent an email Wednesday morning to all candidates apologizing for the slow results.

To prevent more glitches during the Nov. 4 general election, Anderson said she will post all election results on social media sites — Facebook and Twitter — including her website.

As the Tuesday primary evening wore on, and it became evident that the website was not responding quickly, she began putting the numbers on her department’s Facebook page.

Anderson said her staff’s initial report to the state was uploaded at 7:17 p.m., shortly after polls closed. The website crashed before it even posted results, she said.

“As soon as we realized this was not going to be an easy fix, I posted to social media,” Anderson said. “Unfortunately, I have no control over my vendor or the Internet,” she said.

This was the first election for Anderson, who won office in 2012.

Before the election, Anderson said her goal was to have at least a 25 percent primary turnout. The final numbers show 16.22 percent voted. Of the 123,897 registered voters in Hernando County, 20,101 cast ballots, according to the elections office. In the 2010 primary, 20,196 (or 16.9 percent) voted.

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