According to officials, Chesterfield County registered voters are turning out in record numbers to cast their ballots early in the 2020 General Election.
In a news release, a spokesperson for the county says that the Registrar’s Office is averaging about 200 voters an hour — with more than 14,200 registered voters casting their ballots during in person early voting. Another 9,130 voters have returned their absentee ballots in person or by mail.
Early voting began on September 18. This is the first year that voters can vote early without needing an excuse after Democratic lawmakers passed legislation making it easier to vote in Virginia.
“It has been nonstop,” said Chesterfield County General Registrar and Director of Elections Constance L. Hargrove. “Most voters have not had to wait more than 20 minutes. Our voters have been very patient and understanding with our staff and each other.”
Chesterfield wants to remind residents who want to vote in this year’s General Election to register with the county’s Registrar’s Office, located at 9848 Lori Road, by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13.
Existing registered voters should also make sure any changes to their addresses and any name changes are updated by the Oct. 13 deadline.
In person early voting will continue at the county’s Registrar’s Office through Saturday, Oct. 31. The office, located 9848 Lori Road, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; and will be open the two Saturdays (Oct. 24 and Oct. 31) before the election from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Additionally, Chesterfield will open four early voting satellite locations starting Monday, Oct. 19 at the following locations:
|North Courthouse Road Library||325 Courthouse Road, North Chesterfield|
|LaPrade Library||9000 Hull Street Road, North Chesterfield|
|Meadowdale Library||4301 Meadowdale Blvd, North Chesterfield|
|Ettrick-Matoaca Library||4501 River Road, South Chesterfield|
Each satellite voting location will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Voters also can drop off their voted mail ballots at any satellite voting location or the registrar’s office during voting hours without waiting in line.
As the country moves closer to the Nov. 3 General Election, Chesterfield is expecting high in person voting volume to continue at all its early voting locations.
Voters are being asked to pack patience, wear a mask and follow state and federal social distancing guidelines if they decide to vote early in person. Voters also have until 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 to apply for an absentee ballot to vote by mail.
Get the latest on everything about the General Election in Chesterfield County by visiting PromoteTheVoteCfield.org.
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