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Voters find power outages, long lines at polling places


Election Day is underway, but not without some issues in parts of Central Virginia.

A pair of brief power outages in at least three polling places around 6:10 a.m. caused issues for some voters in Eastern Henrico. The lights flickered at the polls at Central Gardens Elementary School, Abundant Life Church, and Ratcliffe Elementary School.  However, Central Gardens power did not return, according to Dominion Power.

While looking for the cause, there was another outage at 7:20 a.m. affecting 1388 customers, the utility said. The outage was not long-lived and by 7:41 p.m. all power was restored.

At the Henrico Math and Science Center electricity went out for about 30 minutes, but voting resumed as normal due to the blackout thanks to back-up batteries.

At other polling places around the area, voters reported long lines. Kevin Sullivan, who voted in Hanover, tweeted that it was the longest line he had ever seen there. From Mechanicsville to Maymont, many voters lined up before the polls opened at 6 a.m. and still saw waits of nearly an hour.

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