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Democratic Caucus 2016 in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle
Democratic Caucus 2016 in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle

The Washington State Democratic Party is holding their caucuses this morning in Washington, requiring voters to identify their caucus location and also their voting precinct. King County’s online website to identify your voting district appears to have been overwhelmed with participants this morning, failing to return results when you enter an address and forcing caucus-goers to check paper maps at caucus locations.

King County voting district map stuck on "Please Wait"
King County voting district map stuck on “Please Wait”

At my caucus in Queen Anne this morning, the caucus started by announcing “The voting precinct website is down. If you don’t know your voting precinct, go out to the hall and you can check the paper map that we’ve posted on the wall.”

Voters check their precinct at the Democratic Party Caucus
Voters check their precinct at the Democratic Party Caucus

The precinct map is about the only piece of technology used in the low-tech caucus process, but amazing that in the home of tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon that it wasn’t designed to handle traffic on important election days like today.

The website appears to be working again, now that the caucuses have all started. We have reached out to King County Elections to find out more and will update this post when we hear back.

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