Some Virginia counties suspend in-person absentee voting
October 29th, 2012
10:55 AM ET
1 year ago

Some Virginia counties suspend in-person absentee voting

Washington (CNN) – Ten of the 95 counties in Virginia have cancelled in-person absentee voting for Monday, according to the State Board of Elections.

The voting has not been cancelled state-wide. The counties include Virginia Beach, Suffolk County near Norfolk and several in the greater Washington metropolitan area: Fairfax and Loudoun. Decisions are being made on a daily basis.

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The state's Board of Elections (SBE) said in a statement posted earlier on its website "unless conditions render the voting process unsafe for general registrars and employees and voters, SBE encourages general registrars to keep the general registrar office open and to continue the in-person voting process."

It also said it is "closely monitoring Hurricane Sandy and working to minimize any potential impact the storm has on absentee voting and preparations for the November general election."

Virginia is considered one of the closest swing states this election cycle, and both the Obama and Romney campaigns cancelled events in the state because of the impending storm.

Election officials said they had been given assurance the registrar offices and more than 2,500 polling places will be given "high priority" for restoration of power if they lose electricity during the storm.

Asked what happens if some voting centers don't have power on Election Day, Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell said on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday he doesn't anticipate a problem. Some Virginia residents have seen some power outages lasting almost a week in recent months because of storms.

"We have contingency plans in place…we've got about 2,000 additional people that are coming into Virginia to help our power supplies. And the state Board of Election is already planning for extended hours in advance for absentee voting, and it's now a priority, moved up to the same level as hospitals and police stations to have power restored."

To vote absentee in the state one must meet one of 17 eligibility requirements.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. just sayin

    voter suppression! voter suppression!! the hurricane is being made up by the gop and isn't really happening. it is a vast ring wing storm conspiracy.

    October 29, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. gr8 usa

    Stay safe everyone!

    October 29, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. mikey

    Retired Lt. Col.: My Sources Say Obama Was in the Room Watching Benghazi, Libya Attack Happen

    October 29, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Early voting was instituted for the first time in Maryland and in anticipation of the storm, I would presume, the lines this past Saturday and Sunday wrapped around the building and extended for blocks. I wouldn't be surprised, however, if they shut down sites due to the storm. Public transportation in the DC Metro area has been shut down.

    October 29, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. b

    Democratic leaning counties will be the last to have power restored if power is lost.

    October 29, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Sniffit

    We deserve to know whether the 10 counties cancelling voting are GOP-controlled or Dem-controlled.

    October 29, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  7. UBS, WILLARD & THE 4000+ AMERICAN AMNESTY DEAL

    These republicans are taking every opportunity to prevent turn out. Shame on them. As far as Gov. McDonnell goes, Dominion Power sucks! Prime example of a crumbling infrastructure is when every time a major storm comes we have to worry about losing power.

    October 29, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. Q

    Romney is sliding in the polls in some of the battleground states. "Libya, Libya, Libya... we must get these polls numbers up!'

    October 29, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. plain&simple

    No time to switch leaders in time of national crisis! What's the old saying don't change presidents in the middle of a storm???

    October 29, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. @GuileOfTheGods

    Does the phrase "in person absentee voting" sound a little strange to anyone else?

    October 29, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. plain&simple

    When we learn "progressive" is a good word and don't obstruct progress....we will invest in a modern infrastructure that provides a more reliable service to our fellow Americans in a time of need....not to mention all the jobs it would create. Short sighted conservative thinking has not moved us forward...ever! Fear of continuing or progressive coarse is the only obstacle to overcome.

    October 29, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. Sniffit

    Are these counties GOP-controlled or Dem-controlled? Hmmmm?

    October 29, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    GuileOfTheGods

    Does the phrase "in person absentee voting" sound a little strange to anyone else?
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    Yup!

    October 29, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |