Florida's election Web site installs new servers

Florida's election Web site installs new servers

Florida's State Department Division of Elections' Web site, at election.dos.state.fl.us/index.html, got about 200,000 hits per hour from Internet users checking for the latest presidential election ballot counts shortly after the presidential election this month.

The site got so many hits the state had to install three new servers on Nov. 8 to handle the traffic. The site received 5.2 million hits in the first 48 hours after polls closed at 7 p.m. on Nov. 7.

'Our Web site wasn't set up to get hit by the whole world at once,' said Gene Bryan, the State Department's chief information officer. 'We weren't prepared for this kind of thing.'

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.

'Donna Young

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