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Early in-person voting begins in Virginia

Posted at 1:27 PM, Sep 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-17 14:21:26-04

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Early in-person voting in Virginia’s general election has begun.

Friday is the first day of a 45-day period when voters can cast ballots in-person before Election Day at a local registrar's office or satellite voting location. Voters are casting ballots for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, the House of Delegates and in local races.

"It’s great, it’s convenient, no crowds, not a lot of people handing things as you go in the door," early Chesterfield voter Joanne Savage said.

By 11 a.m., more than 200 voters had shown up at the Chesterfield Registrar's Office to vote.

“We mailed out already over 11,000 ballots to voters who requested them over the mail," Chesterfield County Registrar Constance Groves said.

Voters who requested an absentee ballot must turn it in before taking advantage of early, in-person voting.

Voters must bring identification, but the list of acceptable IDs includes driver’s licenses, military IDs, voter confirmation documents and other government documents with the voter’s name and address.

“I think it's really good for citizens that they have this opportunity," CBS 6 Political Expert Dr. Bob Holsworth said. “We're going to see what voters are most enthusiastic about coming out in voting in this election, and what issues seem to be motivating them as they go to the polls over the next few weeks."

The last day to register to vote or update your registration is Oct. 12. Absentee ballots must be requested online, by fax or mail by Oct. 22.

The last day for early in-person voting is Saturday, Oct. 30, and the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 2.

You can find your local registrar’s office here. More information on voting early or registering to vote this November can be found here.