Early voting continues in Virginia following Justice Ginsburg's death

Posted at 3:19 PM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 16:16:45-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - People waited in line for about an hour on Monday afternoon to vote early in person at the registrar's office.

"It went great. Glad to go ahead and vote and get it out of the way, so to speak," said Larry Taylor.

Voters said they didn't know what to expect on November 3 and wanted to vote now. "The first election for President Obama - it was six hours, so one hour is okay," said Joan Stofka.

As if this election couldn't get more intense, the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is only adding to the frenzy. "With the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, this is the most consequential election probably in most people's lifetime," said Al Quartararo.

Some voters said they believe President Trump and the Senate should move forward with the nomination process now. "Barack Obama used to say, 'Elections have consequences.' Well, this is a consequence of the 2016 election and this is why we sent Donald Trump there because conservatives understand the lifelong effect federal judges, particularly the Supreme Court, was going to have on the people of the United States," said Quartararo.

Others believe the winner of the election should be the one to nominate the next justice. "Let that person nominate the next Supreme Court nominee. That's the way it should be. All this politicking - it's sad," said Taylor.

News 3 political analyst Dr. Eric Claville from the Center for African American Public Policy at Norfolk State University says this will now be a main issue. "I think the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg changes the entire narrative of this year's presidential election," he said.

With lines continuing to form at the registrar's office, it's clear voters are anxious to have their say.

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