Florida's elections Web site gets new servers to handle millions of hits

Florida's elections Web site gets new servers to handle millions of hits

By Donna Young

GCN Staff

NOV. 9—Florida's State Department Division of Elections' Web site, at election.dos.state.fl.us/index.html , is getting about 200,000 hits per hour from Internet users checking for the latest presidential election ballot counts. The site got so many hits the state had to install three new servers Wednesday evening to handle the traffic.

The site had received 5.2 million hits in the first 48 hours after the polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, said Gene Bryan, State Department chief information officer.

'Our Web site wasn't set up to get hit by the whole world at once,' Bryan said. 'We weren't prepared for this kind of thing. I don't think anyone can see in advance that something like this was going to happen.'

Bryan said the state is keeping security tight for the Web site. 'We are doing our best to provide information to the public, but we also have to be careful to protect the site from hackers,' he said.

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