Time's Almost Up: More Details About the 7 p.m. Cut-off
If you haven't voted in today's elections and you still want to, you've got about 51 minutes left to get out the door and plant yourself in line. No more time for procrastinating if you want your vote to count in Virginia.
State officials will close off all lines at voting sites precisely at 7 p.m. All voters who are in line by that time will have the opportunity to vote, and ballots will be accepted for as long as it takes to move voters through the line. An election official will stand at the end of each line beginning at 7 p.m., taking his or her place directly behind the last voter of the day. If you're behind the election official, you're out of luck.
State Board of Elections officials also warn not to expect vote tallies from Virginia until at least 8 p.m. or later, in part because they expect to have lines around the state at 7 p.m. That means voters probably won't finish casting ballots until well after the polls officially close.
It could be a bit of a wait -- perhaps into the early morning hours -- before this battleground state officially goes Blue or Red in 2008.
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