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The last chance to register to vote in Virginia will have to be offline, after a severed cable took the state’s voter registration website down on Tuesday. It’s the last day to register to vote in the state, but the outage could potentially lock out thousands of voters.
Election officials already anticipated a surge of voters for the 2020 presidential race, many of whom would be registering online because of. While its website is down, Virginia’s department of elections is encouraging people to register to vote by printing out a paper application.
“Due to a network outage the Citizen Portal is temporarily unavailable,” a notice on the voter registration website said. “We are working with our network providers to restore service as quickly as possible.”
The outage was caused by a cut fiber cable near the Commonwealth Enterprise Solutions Center, the department of elections said. The cut cable affected several of Virginia’s websites, not just the voter registration site.
It’s unclear when the sites will be back online, but the Virginia Information Technologies Agency said on Tuesday morning that technicians were working on-site to repair the cut.
Justin Fairfax, Virginia’s lieutenant governor, is pushing for an extension to the voter registration deadline because of 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
AUSTIN, TX — The City of Austin website will be offline for six hours on Sunday for maintenance work, officials said.
The website at www.austintexas.gov will be down from 6 a.m. to noon, officials said in an advisory. The city is conducting routine maintenance on the data server during this time period, oficials explained. The scheduled maintenance will improve the city’s digital security across a variety of services and applications and will ensure the continuity of services for residents of Austin long-term, officials added.
During this time, the Austin Airport’s website and the City’s COVID-19 resource page will be offline, as they are sub-sites within www.austintexas.gov, officials added. “Please be patient as the city works to protect the integrity of our digital systems,” city officials said.
Scheduling a test: COVID-19 test scheduling and online assessments will be offline during the maintenance window. Please book your COVID-19 test before or after this time period.
Dashboards: COVID-19 dashboard information will be unavailable during this time period. Dashboards can be accessed through the links below.
Twitter: Check https://twitter.com/AusPublicHealth for updates.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Resources
Flight Status: During the maintenance window, please consult your airline for updates on flight arrivals and departures, as well as bookings.
Parking: Parking rates have been temporarily reduced in Blue and Red Garages. These Garages are the closest parking options to the Barbara Jordan Terminal.
Food: Some concessions are closed or operating under limited hours based on passenger demand and staffing considerations. Concessions that are open have enhanced cleaning and safety procedures and protocols.
Masks/Face Coverings: As outlined by Orders from the State of Texas and the City of Austin, people must wear face coverings while visiting Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Non-compliance with these orders could result in a fine or an inability to board a flight. Most