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Voting equipment used by voters at the polls cannot be affected by a database application slowdown


October 29, 2010


Susan S. Pollard, APR
Director of Communications
Office: 804-786-0282
Mobile: 804-641-9199



RICHMOND, VA – Voting equipment used by voters at the polls cannot be affected by a database application slowdown. 

The Virginia Election Registration Information System (VERIS) is the Commonwealth’s electronic election and registration database application that is used to manage voter information.  VERIS is an isolated, secure database application and the information within VERIS is extracted prior to the election for use at the polls in the form of electronic and paper poll books.  This system is not connected to, nor does it interact with the voting equipment voters use on Election Day to cast their votes at the polls.


Prior to any election, major preparations are made to ensure the election process operates as smoothly as possible.  It is during this time data is constantly being entered in VERIS and being copied for the poll books.  This information is consistently backed-up. 


"The database application, VERIS, has experienced periods of slowness recently, however it has been operational and is now performing at normal speed," said Nancy Rodrigues Secretary of the State Board of Elections.  "Virginians can be assured that we do have back-up plans to the back-up plans.   As in every election, if for whatever reason a person’s name is not on the poll book when they go to vote, Virginia law provides for the voter the opportunity to vote by provisional ballot. Once it has been determined the person is a registered voter in that locality then the provisional ballot is counted."


While earlier this week VERIS experienced a slowdown in performance and productivity, VITA engineers and the State Board staff resolved the system issues.  Even if a computer slowdown were to occur again, it will not impact a qualified voter’s ability to vote leading up to and on Election Day. 


Since VERIS is not connected to voting equipment it will not affect the amount of time it takes individuals to vote.  However, voters can help reduce the potential for lines at the polls by becoming familiar with the proposed Constitutional Amendments before Election Day.  Voters can learn more about the proposed Constitutional Amendments or find their polling place by visiting Virginia State Board of Elections web site at




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