Storm knocks out voter, vehicle registrations

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX – Not only are hundreds of people still without power after Sunday night’s powerful storm, but many who needed to access the Motor Vehicle Division’s mainframe were not able to do so until Monday evening.

The storm knocked the mainframe offline Sunday night, which meant most of the transactions could not be completed. The outage affected all authorized third-party locations and, the MVD’s self-service website.

While the MVD offices were open, there was not too much the staff can do. The offices conducted written and road tests. They also answered questions and assisted customers with paperwork. Everything that requires computer access, however, was on hold, including vehicle registrations and license renewals.

For those registrations due on July 31, the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Public Information Office said there will be no late fees assessed on either online or in-person renewals through Monday.

Vehicle services are not the only things that were on hold on ServiceArizona.Com. The Web portal also handles EZ Voter, the state’s online voter registration.

Monday is the deadline for Valley residents wishing to vote in the Aug. 30 city elections.

With and EZ Voter down, those who want to register will have to do so via mail or in person at the county recorder’s office.

“Those seeking to register to vote should contact their local county recorder's office to obtain a paper registration form they can submit directly to the recorder's office by the end of the day,” said Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett in a news release. “They may also mail it in, but it must be postmarked with today's date.”

The mainframe was be back up and running by Monday evening.

Links: How to register to vote | Print a voter registration form (PDF file)

Link: County recorder and election offices