Nueces County’s website remained down as of Thursday afternoon, according to county officials, and when it would be back up is not certain.
A sudden change in the domain – from “nuecesco.com” to “nuecescountytx.gov” was put into effect late Wednesday “to put the county more in line with other government agencies,” according to a news release.
“The migration to the new ‘nuecescountytx.gov’ domain may cause slight interruptions in service, and we regret any inconvenience this may cause,” the email states.
Nueces County Judge Connie Scott said early Thursday afternoon that she would be updated on the situation later in the day.
Although the details are not yet clear on exactly what happened, she said it was her understanding that the website domain license for nuecesco.com had not been renewed and it may have been purchased by another individual or entity.
The county was already in the midst of transitioning to the new nuecescountytx.gov domain, Scott said, with a full transition planned to occur before January.
They had hoped to use both sites, short-term, during the transition, she added.
County officials are working to get the website back up and will complete the transition as soon as possible, Scott said.
The web domain change at Nueces County is not impacting the ongoing election, Nueces County Clerk Kara Sands said.
Early voting for Texas Constitutional amendments, as well as some local propositions and political races, continues through Friday.
Nueces County Clerk Kara Sands, who oversees elections in the county, said Thursday that the website migration was not affecting either the voter rolls or election counts.
Those are managed through a different server, Sands said.
However, she added, it may impact accessibility of election information on the website, such as a listing of local voter polling locations.
Other options to contact the office – should the information not be easily accessible – is available on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NuecesCoClerk/.
The main number for elections is 361-888-0385.
The county’s news release also outlined additional alternatives for contacting county officials, including the sheriff’s office, should the website domain change disrupt accessibility:
• Nueces County Sheriff’s Office – https://www.facebook.com/NuecesCoSO/
• Nueces County, TX – https://www.facebook.com/NuecesCo
• Office of the Nueces County Clerk, Kara Sands – https://www.facebook.com/NuecesCoClerk/ and 361-888-0385
City officials issued a news release early Thursday afternoon offering another option for election information, located on one of its pages, to include polling locations and sample ballots.
It is: https://www.cctexas.com/detail/2023-election-central
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