WASHINGTON (WUSA9)--This should have been an easy one. A warm-up act for the big primary on June 10 in Virginia. However, the Virginia State Board of Elections website was anything but up to speed for the Tuesday, May 6 municipal elections. Returns were posted hours after town and county election offices posted information on their local sites.
In northern Virginia candidates were vying for contested mayoral and town council seats in Culpeper, Fairfax City, Herndon, Clifton, Vienna, Remington, Plains, Warrenton, Fredericksburg City, Purcellville, Lovettsville, Middleburg, Dumfries, Haymarket, Occoquan, Quantico and Staunton.
And when returns did start coming in on the state site, you had to question the information.
For example, in the Remington Mayoral race, at 11:32 p.m., the Virginia state website read 100-percent of the precincts reporting in with Gerald Billingsley winning with just one-single vote. His challenger, Lisa Davis with zero votes. Later in the evening the website was corrected. Billingsley still won according to the website with 42 votes. Davis was down for 34 nods.
Also at 11:32 p.m. the site said 26 precincts were reporting results for the Warrenton Town Council At-Large seat. However, there are only 6 precincts for this particular race.
WUSA9 reached out to the Virginia State Board of Elections asking why returns were so slow for certain jurisdictions. Edgardo Cortés got back to us right away saying, "Our results website has been experiencing technical issues this evening. Our team has identified the issue related to town election reporting and are working to resolve it as quickly as possible. Town election results will be delayed until the issue has been resolved. However, city election results are already posting to the site as they come in. I don't know the exact cause of the issue but our team is focused on fixing the issue right now. We'll evaluate the cause of the problem after it has been resolved so we can address the underlying issue to ensure it does not happen in the future."
On June 10 Virginia will be holding a primary for Democratic and Republican congressional candidates.