Phoenix storms create problems for Tucson motorists and voters

Posted: Updated:

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Many drivers visiting their local DMV were turned away Monday after a storm hit Phoenix and knocked out the mainframe computer.

The frustrations did not end there.

A lot of slammed doors and wasted time.

"So this is our fourth time we've driven back today," said motorist Natasha Ogletree.

Most of the customers visiting the MVD Monday were sent away.

"Came here to get my drivers license and they just told me systems were down," said Ogletree.

The pressure was on for many drivers who needed services.

But ADOT assures customers they will not be charged late fees for registration renewals due Monday.

There was another reason to sweat the outage, a voter registration deadline.

"Today is the last day to register to vote for the upcoming primary election which in Pima County is the City of Tucson," said Honorable F. Ann Rodriguez from the Pima County Recorder's Office.

Potential voters had to get acquainted with the old fashioned paper registration, but few people who stopped by the recorder's office didn't seem to mind.

"Oh, it's our duty as Americans, as Tucsonans, to keep our bastion of liberalism going," said registered voter Bruce Simon.

ADOT apologizes for any inconvenience.