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Server problems make election results inaccessible part of Tuesday night

BISMARCK – North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger said server problems were to blame for election results being inaccessible for periods of time Tuesday night on his office’s website.

Jaeger, who was in Fargo on Tuesday night, said he also had difficulty accessing results on the website at times, which he said “kind of caught me off guard.”

He said he spoke with his staff in Bismarck and was told the Information Technology Department’s servers weren’t functioning correctly.

"It apparently took a little time to make the correction and they had to reboot them,” he said, adding that he was “a little bit disappointed in that because we work very hard in preparing for these elections, and I'm not quite sure what happened. … We definitely will be having a conversation about that."

Jaeger’s Democratic opponent in the November election, former state lawmaker April Fairfield of Bismarck, said the glitches Tuesday night were “just part of the pattern” of technological problems within the secretary of state’s office under Jaeger’s leadership.

"They can't seem to get this under control or working,” she said. “It's just disappointing, and I think the people of North Dakota deserve better, and I think they've had enough excuses over the last number of years."

Mike Nowatzki

Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.