Bill to Extend Voting Hours

A Senate committee has advanced a bill that would allow for Circuit Court judges to determine whether to extend voting hours on election days because of emergencies.

Current Virginia law doesn't allow it, and a legislative fix is proving difficult.

The Senate Privileges and Elections committee voted 10-5 Wednesday to advance the measure, which could face a full Senate vote as early as Friday. There have been many proposed amendments to address lingering concerns about the bill.

The State Board of Elections got more than 600 calls during the February 12 primary as freezing highways in northern Virginia became impassable. The head of the board, Nancy Rodrigues, estimates that thousands of Virginians likely missed their chance to vote.


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