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State Computers Back Online, after Friday Morning Malfunction Affected Voting Functions

Due to a server failure, citizens reported to the Government Accountability Board on Friday morning that they could not get a state photo ID needed for voting. The problem crippled the state computer network for a time, including within the Dept. of Transportation - it issues ID cards at its DMV offices. The same malfunction prevented election clerks across Wisconsin from accessing the state's voter registration system, so they could not issue absentee ballots and print poll books. According to the Dept. of Administration, the state computers were back online by midday.