The database was created in 1999.
From November 30-December 15, 2011, the system crashed repeatedly. In that period, the system was only available to members of the public for 30 hours, or less than 8% of the time.
Debra Bowen, the California Secretary of State who is responsible for maintaining the system, was unsure when the public would once again be reliably open to the public. She said a new system will cost millions of dollars and that she hopes her staff will be able to keep the existing system operational at least through the November 2012 election. She said, "When this was built, I think we were probably on Windows 95. That won't run most of the software that's made today. It just won't run."