Server failure temporarily cuts clerks from Wisconsin voter system

MADISON — A server failure has cut local clerks off from Wisconsin's voter registration system and prevented people from acquiring identification they need to vote.

State Department of Administration spokesman Jim Dick issued a statement saying a hardware program Friday morning slowed the state network to the point where it can't communicate with agencies. Government Accountability Board (GAB) attorney Mike Haas said election clerks could not access the voter registration system, preventing them from issuing absentee ballots and printing poll books.

UPDATE: But a news release from the GAB indicates that all impacted applications were back online and functional around 11:15 a.m. GAB staff were apparently in constant contact with the Department of Administration as the issued were being identified and addressed.

GAB staff are continuing to work with DOA to ensure that functionality affected by this statewide outage is working correctly.