Virginia adjusts absentee voting due to storm
October 30th, 2012
06:02 PM ET
10 years ago

Virginia adjusts absentee voting due to storm

(CNN) - After canceling absentee voting in nine counties on Monday and Tuesday due to the impact of Superstorm Sandy, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday asked localities hurt by the storm to extend their absentee voting hours.

The absentee period is scheduled to end on Saturday, but the governor urged voters to check with local general registrar offices to find out how the hours have changed in their respective areas.

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The counties include several in the greater Washington metropolitan area, including Arlington County and Fairfax County–two counties that turned out four years ago for candidate Barack Obama in big numbers.

The Northern Virginia area had gusts of winds that topped 65 miles per hour, and more than 280 roads across the state were closed due to downed trees and flooding. As of Tuesday afternoon, 114,000 residents statewide were without power, according to the governor's office.

Furthermore, two storm-related traffic fatalities were confirmed by the Chief Medical Examiner.

The state's Board of Elections named other counties on Tuesday's list of closed absentee voting: Accomack County, Fauquier County, Loudoun County, Westmoreland County, Wise County, and Tazewell County–the last of which experienced more than eight inches of snow this week.

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

To vote absentee in Virginia, one must meet one of 19 eligibility requirements.

- CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Bob McDonnell • Virginia
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. jkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    After romney the tax cheat cuts fema ,I'm sure the gop in virgina like your gop stooge govenor will give you a helping hand after romney as president hangs up the phone on you or tells you to call your parents and ask them for money or call your momma!!!!!!

    October 30, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. Larry L

    Keep an eye on Republicans? They use the same guidelines for election ethics as the Taliban!

    October 30, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  3. pcalif

    No one should trust Republican governor McDonnell. He has shown he is unpatriotic and tried and continues to disenfranchise Democratic voters.

    October 30, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    With republicans, there is always, ALWAYS a benefit for them. I dont' trust anything they say or do, and I hope Virginia goes blue again.

    October 30, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  5. on StreetWise

    GEEEEEEEEEEZSH People, we don't need FEMA, Consumer, Health, State, Labour, Education, etc. etc... that cost money, lots and lots of MONEY! The we only need is the Pentagon and Depart of Defense to keep us safe and secure and we'll be free... Free of the daily tasks that we need to go through without government controls and regulations. When your house blows away, or washed away in a flood... call Halliburton, Inc. and Dick Cheney will answer that call personally, trust me.
    Get away with that huge government, debit and congress... all we need is Mittens, his Magic (TM) shorts, his army of LSD faithfull and faith.... Trust us.

    October 30, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. Norma Vessels

    With so many other things on people's minds, with this storm, the right thing to do is to open all the voting booths for anyone voting absentee from now until the 6th.

    October 30, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  7. fernace

    While I am a diehard Obama supporter & equally diehard against Romney/Ryan & their extremist GOT-Party, I think it would be hillarious if 1 of the independents won! Now that would truly send a message to our government to clean up their act, lol!! Obama 12!!

    October 30, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  8. pcalif

    You can bet your britches Rep Gov McDonnell is already conniving with Romney on how they can disenfranchise Democrats in the northern part of Virginia by changing voting hours and early voting requirements. Repub Gov Corbett of PA is doing the same thing. This is really obvious when you see Romney and Ryan and Karl Rove heading out to both states with their tails on fire. This is the time for the Obama campaign and Democrats to get to work with lawyers because the dirty stuff is starting.

    October 30, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  9. Thomas

    The Northern Virginia area had gusts of winds that topped 65 miles per hour, and more than 280 roads across the state were closed due to downed trees and flooding. As of Tuesday afternoon, 114,000 residents statewide were without power, according to the governor's office.


    What ever the Great State of Virginia needs !

    We are Americans first .
    And when we get ourselves back together , remember the candidate who doesn't believe in climate change or the importance of FEMA .

    His first name is Mitt .

    October 30, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  10. enuff

    Wow... willing to work for voters. a big difference than trying to keep them away citing "fraud".

    October 31, 2012 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  11. Lisa

    Well, if the power is off – may I suggest they use the reverse 911 system to communicate with their citizens – let them know about all things relevant – warnings about live wires in water – what to do to volunteer – and how to vote.

    October 31, 2012 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  12. Karen Gayle

    Hello, I am a Republican and i intend to vote in the election on Nov. Will the polls be open for me and some friends

    October 31, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  13. Bill from GA

    In the Great State of Georgia, anyone can vote absentee; no 'requirements'.
    But it seems like no one knows. TV shows lines around the block for people voting early; 2 hour wait or more.
    Here you can fill out a PDF online, print it, sign it, and mail it. I got the absentee ballot 2 business days later.

    October 31, 2012 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  14. atteckus

    This liberal Democrat wants to commend the Republican Governor of Virginia for standing up for the right of the People to the franchise. So many other Republicans have tried to suppress the right to vote and access to the polls. When this particular Republican refuses to permit the citizens of his state to be denied the right to vote, without regard to party identification or persuasion, it gives me hope that there is truly good will in the hearts of a few honorable men. The nation's graveyards are filled with Democrats and Republicans, alike, who sacrificed their lives to preserve this right for us. We, the living, should honor it in the same degree, and exercise it to the fullest extent.

    October 31, 2012 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  15. Kirk in michigan

    I knew the republicans would have some sort of voter suppresion shananagins going on, but i never thought they would go so far as to create a hurricane

    October 31, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |