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Secretary of State Website Debacle

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on February 1, 2012

For anybody who was looking to research campaign finance data on the Secretary of State website in the month of December, you likely found yourself out of luck. The site was constantly crashing and facing numerous functionality issues. In response to these issues, Senator Alex Padilla, who ironically happens to be running for Secretary of State, is urging Governor Jerry Brown to take control of the database H/T LA Times blog on the story.

It would be really nice if they would simply update the technology that they are using to run the website. Realistically, upgrading that website (assuming it is being used by less than hundreds of thousands of people) shouldn’t cost that much money to upgrade it or to host it. They could even go through and make the website more user-friendly during the process.

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