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Officials say the problem is a hardware issue, not a cyber attack, and isn't impacting the ability to count ballots.

PMG FILE PHOTO: 2018 - The Washington County website crashed on election night, but officials say it isn't hampering the counting of ballots or reporting the results to the Oregon Secretary of State. Washington County's website went down on election night as initial results were pouring in.

Officials say the problem is due to an internet outage created by a hardware issue and the county is working to get the website back online.

According to county spokesman Philip Bransford, the outage is not impacting the county elections division's ability to count ballots and report results to the Secretary of State's Office — a requirement of the Oregon Constitution.

"It was first detected just before 9 p.m. last night," Bransford said. "It appears to be a hardware issue, so no malicious software or outside attack is suspected. We are working with hardware vendors now to resolve the problem. Phone and email systems seem to be unaffected by the issues."

Election results began being posted after 8 p.m. on May 17. Due to a new Oregon law, ballots that are postmarked before that time can still be counted, so official results may take weeks to finish tallying.


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