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Secretary of State Ross Miller Says 2010 Election Results Generated Unprecedented Internet Use for State of Nevada
Posted Date: 11/8/2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Pam duPré
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Secretary of State Ross Miller Says World Logged in to Nevada on Election Night
Activity at www.silverstate2010.com, generated more than 34 million hits, saturating the state’s internet connectivity for the first time ever

(Carson City, NV; Nov. 8, 2010) – Tens of thousands of people from all over the United States and the world logged on to Secretary of State Ross Miller’s election results reporting site during a 12-hour period on election day, generating more that 34 million hits and saturating the state of Nevada’s 150 megabits of internet connectivity.

The media and general public viewed more than one million pages, generating 34,680,000 hits. All eyes, and fingers, were focused on the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Harry Reid and challenger Sharron Angle. It was commonly billed by the national and international media as the most-watched race in the country.

The Secretary of State’s IT Team, working with the Department of Information Technology, had prepared well in advance for election night. The team carefully built all Nevada races into the program and then conducted rigorous internal and external testing to measure the system’s capacity. The office also used innovative software architecture that calculated election results as data came in from county elections officials. The thousands of individual users didn’t force a new calculation every time they hit the refresh button, but were able to quickly view data that had already been calculated and pushed up to the website.

“We knew of course that this race would be of intense interest to the media and political analysts. But clearly, thousands of individuals took advantage of the convenience of logging on to our reporting site to get the very latest results,” Secretary Miller said in announcing the record internet activity. “The site performed exceptionally well considering the unprecedented amount of activity, and delivered what the public was looking for – timely, accurate results in the U.S. Senate race and all Nevada races. I’m very proud of our IT team for their outstanding work.”

David Gustafson, Deputy Director of the Nevada Department of Information Technology, said on a typical night, less than 5 megabits of the state’s 150 megabits of internet capacity would be used. “Almost twice as much data was used last Tuesday than on election day in 2008. That’s a tremendous amount of data,” Mr. Gustafson said. “The level of use we experienced last week was unprecedented in Nevada.”

Unofficial results from every race in Nevada, from the U.S. Senate to local general improvement districts, can still be found at www.silverstate2010.com. Under state law, election results are not official until the Nevada Supreme Court conducts the canvass of the vote. That is scheduled to occur in the Old Supreme Court Chambers in the Capitol on November 23rd.
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