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Monsoon knocks out computers for voter registration, Motor Vehicle Division

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Posted: Monday, August 1, 2011 1:54 pm | Updated: 7:22 pm, Fri Oct 11, 2013.

Sunday's monsoon storm knocked out computers that run Arizona's voter registration system and the Motor Vehicle Division, putting some services on hold for an unknown time.

The voter registration system went down on the last day for people to register to vote in Aug. 30 elections, so anybody who needs to register must submit paper registration by the end of the day. Voters can contact the county recorder's office to obtain registration forms. The forms can be mailed in as long as they're postmarked with Monday's date. County recorder information can be found at www.azsos.gov/election/county.htm. Election officials do not know when the mainframe computer will began working again.

The MVD outage kept the agency from completing most transactions until about 7 p.m. Monday. Its offices remained open and the staff was assisting customers with road and written driver's license testing, answering questions and reviewing paperwork. But the MVD advised customers to plan visiting an office at another time. Also, the outage affected online services at ServiceArizona.com. Vehicle registrations due July 31 will not be assessed late fees if the renewals are completed by Monday.

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