PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
November 2, 2010 | 10:36 pm

The normal tension of election night was ratcheted up Tuesday when the Secretary of State’s website showing election returns was overloaded with traffic, so that many people were having trouble calling up election results even after 10 p.m.

The state agency, which has notoriously had problems with its computers, put up an alternative posting of all election results while it tried to work out the problems, according to spokeswoman Nicole Winger.

The state was using a “cloud computing” system in which at least 50 servers outside the Secretary of State’s office were being used to manage the heavy traffic.

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