- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on the glitches with the Arizona secretary of state’s new election results reporting system (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

The Arizona secretary of state’s office has figured out why its new election reporting website repeatedly froze and crashed during the Tuesday primary.

The office says in a blog post that a locked file that created a database backup prevented new information from being processed and distributed. Once the problem was tracked down staff altered the agency’s database processing to avoid the problem.

The blog post says the file was not part of the public site and wasn’t as rigorously tested as needed. The Arizona Republic reported the file contained updated results that were sent to media outlets.

The website problems renewed criticism of the office over its struggles in running state elections.

12:10 a.m.

The Arizona secretary of state’s website repeatedly froze and crashed during the Tuesday primary, renewing criticism of the office over its struggles in running state elections.

The website crash prevented the public from easily accessing primary election results and led to a host of comments blasting the office on Twitter.

The new site was touted by Secretary of State Michele Reagan as a replacement for a glitch-prone website that also led to reporting delays in the 2012 and 2014 election cycles.

Reagan spokesman Matt Roberts said early Tuesday evening that the office was prepared and had backup plans in place for the new system.


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