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Virginia’s online voter registration portal among state websites down on registration deadline

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia’s online voter registration system is down on the last day of registration for this year’s election after a fiber was cut, the Virginia Information Technologies Agency says.

The issue is affecting the virtual private network (VPN) connectivity for several state agencies, including the department of elections, the DMV, Virginia Department of HealthandVirginia Employment Commission.

There’s no timetable for repairs, but VITA says technicians are working to fix the cut, which happened near Route 10 in Chester. It’s unclear if foul play was involved.

In the meantime people who are trying to register and vote early in-person will be given a provisional ballot, election officials say.

The deadline to register to vote in Virginia is Tuesday, October 13.

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax is calling for the registration deadline to be extended because of the outage.

Additional information on early voting:

There are several ways you can register to vote.

  • In-person registering at your local registrar’s office ends at 5 p.m.
  • Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m.
  • Mail registration just needs a postmark with today’s date (Tuesday, October 13)

Once you register, you can now request an absentee ballot by mail or go vote early in-person (through Oct. 31), or wait until Election Day (Nov. 3) to cast your ballot. If you register in-person, you can vote the same day.

Bailey Pace

Social Media and Digital Content Manager

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