“The start of early voting in Philly was riddled with technical issues”

Philadelphia Inquirer:

The much-anticipated debut of early voting got off to a rocky start in Philadelphia on Tuesday, as technical issues left voters frustrated and confused while they waited in line, unable to cast their ballots.

Philadelphia opened the first seven of 15 satellite elections offices, where voters can request, receive, fill out, and submit a mail ballot in one stop….

Nick Custodio, a deputy commissioner under Deeley, said the delay was caused by the state’s voter database going down, which meant workers were unable to look up voters, process and approve mail ballot applications, and print ballot materials….

County elections officials across Pennsylvania said the state’s voter database, known as SURE, was down throughout the morning. They regularly complain that the system, put in place in the early 2000s and run by the Pennsylvania Department of State, often goes offline or slows down, especially under heavy traffic.

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