Elections ACT website struggled underneath weight of traffic

Elections ACT’s website struggled to cope with a weight of increasing trade on Saturday night, unwell intermittently and frustrating Canberrans perplexing to guard results.

The ACT Electoral Commissioner Phil Green with an electronic poling booth.
The ACT Electoral Commissioner Phil Green with an electronic poling booth. Photo: Rohan Thomson

The website unsuccessful to bucket for users for most of Saturday evening, displaying 404 blunder messages (indicating a page was not found) until strait measures came into outcome after in a night.

Investigations were stability into a means of a disaster on Sunday morning, though Electoral Commissioner Phil Green pronounced it seemed to be a outcome of complicated traffic.

Mr Green pronounced Elections ACT had conducted bucket contrast before to choosing night, though pronounced it had been formidable to envision a levels of trade for a once-in-four year event.

“We’re still articulate to a technical people and questioning accurately what happened,” Mr Green said.

“But a initial bargain was that it was all to do with a bucket on a servers, and a balancing of a bucket of a servers.”

He pronounced Elections ACT had followed fixed procedures and “scaled up” a servers to assistance understanding with a traffic.

“While we would have favourite it not to have those issues, we consider it achieved utterly well,” Mr Green said.

He pronounced many users were regularly lovely a formula page, that was contributing to a problem.

Elections ACT staff were tough during work again on Sunday, counting paper pre-poll votes. The immeasurable majority, or 80 per cent, of pre-polling was electronic, and those formula were accessible early on Saturday evening.

Mr Green pronounced counting of paper postal votes would start on Monday or Tuesday. Paper postal votes would continue to arrive via a week.

He pronounced choosing day had run “smoothly” and was mostly successful.