FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. - Voting is already underway in the race for the white house – there are 39 days before election day, but absentee votes are being cast, and Fairfax county officials say they are having a massive response.
Election officials were expecting this was going to be a busy election, but they frankly weren't quite expecting the massive turn out they have had. Election Day is November 8, but some voters in Virginia - either because they'll be busy that day, or they simply want to avoid the lines - are turning out to cast absentee ballots right now, either in person or by mail.
County election officials say that as of Wednesday morning nearly 1,000 people had cast in-person absentee votes.
In person voting in Falls Church began on September 23 and is going to run through October 14th. Then, starting on October 17th, they'll open up in person absentee voting to nine other locations countywide. All of the same valid photo ID requirements are in place to ensure the security of the vote.
The reason they're doing this? To meet demand. They’ve had to mail out 24, thousand absentee ballots in response to requests. 'In person absentee' voting is already 40% higher than it was at this point in 2012! Kate Hanley of the electoral board here - she'll tell you the response has been surprising!
"We’re seeing a lot of interest when it comes to voting here! We’ve already had 1,300 people in the first four days of 'absentee in person' here and that's a couple of hundred above the same time four years ago! And today's not even over yet,” said Kate Hanley, Fairfax county electoral board.
This is not what's called "early voting" - in person absentee is what you have to do, if you want to cast your vote in a Virginia polling place but you're not able to do it on November 8. There are voter registration deadlines you need to know about if you're interested in this - either in person, or by mail the registration deadline is October 17.
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