RICHMOND - Absentee voting in Hampton Roads was slower than expected this week because of Hurricane Sandy.
On Tuesday, the secretary of the State Board of Elections asked localities to extend voting hours through Saturday, November 3.
In Portsmouth, the Registrar’s Office will be open Wednesday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Va. Beach said Wednesday that the Voter Registrar’s Office has extended hours. The office will be open until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 2.
Chesapeake added nine hours to make up for the eight hours that were lost Monday. In-person absentee voting will take place at the Registrar’s Office until 7:00 p.m. through Friday. Voting will end at 6:00 p.m. Saturday. Absentee voting at the Russell Memorial Library will continue until 8:00 p.m.
In Norfolk, because the Voter Registrar’s Office remained open during the storm, there are no plans to extend absentee voting hours beyond 5:00 p.m. through Saturday.
Deputy Registrar Stephanie Iles added, “We’re prepared to be flexible. If we need to be open longer, we can be.”
The Suffolk Voter Registrar’s Office also was open during Monday during the Hurricane, so there are no plans for extended hours. Absentee voting is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Saturday.
In Hampton, Registrar Terrie Kyle said, “We didn’t need to extend our hours because we stayed open throughout the storm.”
Kyle says on Monday, during the height of the storm, her office served more than three dozen voters.
“My staff, bless them!”
For Hampton, absentee voting hours for Wednesday through Saturday remain 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
In Newport News, it's essentially the same story. The Voter Registrar’s Office stayed open all day Monday, so hours remain the same: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm.. through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
York County will extend in-person absentee voting by one hour each day through Saturday. The registrar's office will close at 6:00 p.m.
Check with the registrar's office in your locality to see if they're staying open late.
For information about in-person absentee voting and what identification you'll need, click here.