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Elected officials in Virginia begin discussion on early voting

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December 3, 2012

Virginia

By Eric Veram

Richmond, Virginia: Currently, Virginia is one of the 18 states that does not allow early voting without an excuse, but, due to exceedingly long lines on election day, that may soon change. Governor Bob McDonnell said that waiting in line two hours to vote is unacceptable and is willing to look at expanding the state's current early voting program, though, it wouldn't be his preferred solution. Some have suggested that the state's new voter ID law created a bottleneck at the polls, but the governor disagrees with that assessment. A higher than usual turnout on Election Day may have had something to do with the issue and the governor said that, in addition to looking at early voting, splitting up precincts and adding more voting machines may be a part of the solution.[1]

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