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Long lines accompany start of early voting in Virginia

Election 2020
Posted at 4:14 PM, Sep 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-19 16:14:06-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Lines of voters stretched hundreds deep in northern Virginia and other parts of the state on the first day of early voting in the 2020 presidential election.

Friday marked the first day of early voting across the commonwealth. In past presidential elections, Virginia voters needed a reason to cast an early ballot.

This year, however, anyone can vote early. In Fairfax County, election workers were scrambling to open an additional voting room at the county government center where a line of hundreds of voters, spaced six feet apart, stretched down the block. Voters said they the overall wait lasted nearly four hours.

Long lines were also evident in Virginia Beach, where voters waited in the rain. Early in-person voting continues through Oct. 31.

Virginia and North Carolina Election Resources

Key Dates and Deadlines

North Carolina

Oct. 9: Voter Registration Deadline Oct. 15-Oct. 31: Early Voting Oct. 27: Request Absentee/Mail-In Ballot Deadline Nov. 3: Absentee/Mail-In Postmark by Date Nov. 3: In-Person Voting

Virginia

Oct. 13: Voter Registration Deadline Sept. 18-Oct. 31: Early Voting Oct. 23: Request Absentee/Mail-In Ballot Deadline Nov. 3: Absentee/Mail-In Postmark by Date Nov. 3: In-Person Voting