Boulder County election officials plan in upcoming votes to test their website’s ability for visitors, using trending data from current and previous election nights, to head off issues like the ones that have occurred. this week.

For a few hours Tuesday evening, Boulder County residents were unable to access the county’s new election page to view election results due to a crash caused by overwhelming traffic volumes that coincided with the office from the county clerk preparing to upload more statements.

At around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Boulder County Clerk Molly Fitzpatrick tweeted about the website loading error, directing people to the Colorado Secretary of State’s website, where unofficial results are also available. available. Fitzpatrick tweeted again later to let people know the website issue started around 8:45 p.m. — during the county’s second update — when website traffic also spiked. The website was restored around 9:45 p.m., she added.

The Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office worked Tuesday night with the county’s Cybersecurity Program to establish that the crash was the cause of the increased traffic and was not a cybersecurity issue. , said Mircalla Wozniak, spokesperson for the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, in an email.

Wozniak said this is the first year the county has created an entire section on its website dedicated to explaining election night, which includes election results. Previously, the county released planned ballot posting schedules for media and candidates, but given the growing public interest in the election and ballot processing, it added the new section to the website, Wozniak said.

Going forward, the county intends to test the website’s capacity for visitors by using trend data from current and previous election nights to estimate how much capacity it will need for future elections, Ben Edelen wrote. , Boulder County Safety and Compliance Officer, in an email. . It will also increase the computing power of the system so that it can handle more than the expected traffic.

“We will repeat this process every year to stay on top of the trend of increasing community engagement with our web resources,” he wrote.