Will Election Websites Hold Up Amid Voter Traffic?

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Today is election day. And while many American already know where they’ll vote, millions of others are surely scrambling to state election websites for information regarding their voter status and polling locations.

Not surprisingly, the interest is having an ill effect in demand on some web presences, mostly maintained by Secretary of State offices.

A website for the Chicago Board of Elections remained down early this morning, according to a report from The Chicago Tribune. Voters were, however, provided the alternative method of finding out information via text messaging.

Meanwhile, Ping! Zine found that another website providing voter information (voterportal.sos.la.gov) for the state of Louisiana was also notably affected as of 10:00 AM central standard time.

Notable website downtime was also caused last week, although due to much different circumstances. Hurricane Sandy affected data centers in the northeast, resulting in temporary downtime for websites including The Huffington Post and Gawker.