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A cut cable causes Virginia voter website to crash on final day of registration for election

Virginia’s voter registration website went down on Tuesday, the final day for people in the state to register ahead of Election Day. As of early Tuesday afternoon, the website was still not working. 

“Due to a network outage, the Citizen Portal is temporarily unavailable,” the Virginia Department of Elections wrote on its site Tuesday morning. 

Officials said on Twitter that a “fiber cut” in Chester, near the Commonwealth Enterprise Solutions Center, impacted connectivity for multiple state agencies. The cut cable, which appeared to be an accident, affected both the voting portal and the registrar’s offices. 

“We are working with our network providers to restore service as quickly as possible,” the department said. “Please check back later for your online voter registration or absentee needs.”

Voters looking to register were directed to this statement from the Virginia Department of Elections during the outage on October 13, 2020.

Virginia Department of Elections

The department said it would provide updates via Twitter

The website currently directs voters to fill out and print a paper application for voter registration and a paper application for voting by mail. 

When asked for comment by CBS News, the Virginia Department of Elections said the department is still working to fix the outage. No further updates were provided. 

Angry voters are taking to social media to demand a deadline extension, calling the outage “voter suppression.” Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax called on the state to extend the voter registration deadline due to the outage. 

“I am officially calling for Virginia’s Registration Deadline to be extended beyond today due to the service outages impacting voters’ ability to register statewide,” Fairfax tweeted. “We will work with the Administration to resolve this issue and ensure all voters have access to #Vote.”

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Computer crash causes extra charge on Mount Vernon water bills


Hundreds of Mount Vernon residents opened their latest water bills to find a hefty extra charge.

Not because they hadn’t paid what they owed. And not because the city was suddenly charged more for its water.

On Facebook, City Councilwoman Delia Farquharson posted her bill showing an “additional billing” of $319.75. “This water bill requires further explanation. I do not have a pool,” she quipped alongside the bill.

The explanations came Wednesday from water Commissioner Carlton Spruill and Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard. The extra charge for residents of Water District 3 was a result of the crash of a city computer server in April that eliminated data including some of the water department’s billing records. They suggested the “additional billing” figure will not have to be paid.

Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard and water Commissioner Carlton Spruill took to Facebook Oct. 7, 2020, to explain extra charges that appeared on many water bills (Photo: City of Mount Vernon)

In a letter to customers, Spruill told residents that the “additional billing” reflected previous payments. Those who believe their bills were incorrect were urged to call the water department at 914-668-7820 or email them at [email protected]

Contact by email may be best as when a reporter called the department Thursday morning, both options went to voicemail but the mailbox was full.

“Once we have been notified of your inquiry, please disregard any “Additional Billing” and remit payment for “Current Charges” while we investigate and adjust any discrepancies,” Spruill wrote.

Spruill and Patterson-Howard posted a 3-minute video on Facebook detailing the problem. The mayor urged residents who got the extra charge to find their proof of previous payments to help the water department clear up the problem.

“We are not trying to double-bill our citizens for water,” she said.

The mayor also addressed

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Florida online voter registration deadline extended after website crash

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After Florida’s voter registration website failed Monday night, the state’s residents will get additional time to register to vote online.

From hanging chads, to improper purging of voter rolls, to modern day poll taxes, the state of Florida has long been synonymous with voting disasters. This year is no different. Hours before the deadline to register online to vote in the Sunshine State on Monday, the site mysteriously went offline. In response, Florida’s secretary of state announced Tuesday morning an extension of that deadline.

“We are working with local Supervisors of Elections and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to ensure that all eligible registrants have the ability submit a voter registration  application by 7:00 p.m. this evening,” explained Secretary Laurel M. Lee in a . 

Florida, of course, is a vital swing state in the upcoming election. With a long history of GOP-led voter suppression in the state, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo wasted no time in calling out Republican elected officials.

“This is just latest attempt from the Republican leaders in Florida to limit democracy,” she said in a statement. “The Florida Voter Registration website not working on the last day to register to vote in Florida is blatant voter suppression.”

At fault, according to Secretary Lee, was the high volume of traffic received by the registration website https://registertovoteflorida.gov. She noted that, Monday evening as the initial deadline approached, the site received 1.1 million requests per hour. 

The population of Florida is approximately 21.5 million,

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No Evidence Of ‘Malicious Interference’ In PA Voter Website Crash

HARRISBURG, PA — A technical issue that impacted online voter registration in Pennsylvania has been restored as of Monday morning, the Pennsylvania Department of State said.

Online voter services and election applications are “fully operational” following an outage that began late Saturday. The outage was due to an equipment failure at a data center managed by Unisys, the Secretary of State said.

“The outage was due to an issue with the contractor’s equipment, and there is no evidence of malicious interference,” Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said. “All data was backed up, as always.”

As of Monday morning, voters can once again go online to votesPA.com to register to vote, apply for a mail ballot and other services.

Multiple commonwealth agencies were impacted by the outage, and some remain so as of Monday morning.

The Department of State’s professional licensing services are among the applications that are still affected, officials said Monday. Also, online services for the departments of Revenue and Human Services and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board are not functioning properly.

“The Commonwealth Office of Information Technology and Unisys are working to restore those functions as quickly as possible,” a statement from the Pennsylvania Office of Administration.

“We are working around the clock with our vendors to bring services back online as quickly as possible and will continue to do so until operations are fully restored,” said Secretary of Administration Michael Newsome. “In the meantime, the affected agencies are working to activate their continuity plans and provide additional information to customers of the impacted services.”

The issue began at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The cause was identified as an equipment failure at a data center managed for the commonwealth by Unisys.

“There is no indication at this time of any malicious physical or cyber activity, or that

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The 3 Most Expensive Stocks to Avoid During a Market Crash

The ability to pick winning stocks cheap is key to investment success, of course. But the ability to avoid expensive stocks that can decimate your capital is just as important. By quickly eliminating companies that may underperform, investors automatically increase the potential profits on their winning picks. 

There are many reasons why a stock may become prohibitively expensive, such as shady operations, questionable prospects, and excessive speculation. If there is truly another market crash right around the corner, then be sure to get out of these three stocks before it hits. 

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1. Nikola

Nikola (NASDAQ:NKLA) is an electric vehicle (EV) company embroiled in controversy after the financial community finally placed several of its ludicrous claims under a magnifying glass. Last year, the company captivated public attention with the announcement that it had developed a type of battery that provided twice the amount of energy per unit volume while weighing 40% less with a cost only half that of competitors’ technology.

Fast-forward 11 months, and the company has yet to disclose which university it partnered with to develop the technology or the basic chemical composition of its battery, as industry norms would have dictated. That’s not all; Nikola claims that it currently has more than 14,000 reservations worth $10 billion in potential revenue for its electric semi-trucks (set to enter production in late 2021), and that freight company U.S. Xpress Enterprises (NYSE:USX) is among its major customers. 

However, short-sellers Hindenburg Research reported that U.S. Xpress’s orders account for more than one-third, or $3.5 billion, of Nikola’s future revenue. The problem? U.S. Xpress is a company with just $417 million in market cap. As of June 30, U.S. Xpress had just $1.3 million in cash on its balance sheet, with over $4.9 million in check overdrafts and $295.5