With the national election a little more than two weeks away, voter registration is on virtually everyone’s radar. But technical difficulties deterred some Virginia voters from signing up on time.
Now, Virginians can register to vote until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, according to a release from the Office of Attorney General Mark R. Herring.
District Judge Claude M. Hilton of the federal district court in Alexandria ordered the extension after the state faced civil rights litigation when its voter registration website malfunctioned. The previous deadline was Monday, Oct. 17.
“The Virginia Department of Elections and the Virginia Information Technology Agency have been working overtime since Monday night to expand the capacity of the system that allows Virginians to register to vote online, and I am confident that the steps we have taken will provide an improved experience to people who use it,” Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in a release Thursday.
People can register to vote in person and through the mail before the deadline, too.
To register in person, Virginia Beach residents must go to the local registrar’s office, 2449 Princess Anne Rd. Another possibility is to register at a DMV customer service center, DMV mobile office or DMV Select location.