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Voter registration deadline extended in VA

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The Virginia Department of Elections confirmed Thursday that a federal judge extended voter registration in the Commonwealth through 11:59 p.m. Friday. 

The DOE says it will be working with local registrars on re-opening the registration. 

On early Thursday afternoon, the registration website -- elections.virginia.gov -- was operating normally. 

Thousands of Virginians were not able to register by midnight on Monday when there were several computer glitches. 

"I am pleased that the court has agreed with the request to extend Virginia's voter registration period after unprecedented web traffic prevented many people from completing their registrations online before the original deadline," said Gov. Terry McAuliffe. "The Commonwealth will fully comply with the court’s order and extend our registration process online, in-person and through the mail."

In a statement Thursday, Virginia House Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford) called the website crash predictable and avoidable, saying lawmakers have lost confidence in the technical know-how of the state's Dept. of Elections.

"Local registrars attempted to warn the McAuliffe administration this was going to happen, and the General Assembly’s Privileges and Elections Committees attempted to bring these issues to light at a joint hearing last week," Howell said.

"In both cases the Department of Elections brushed aside legitimate concerns instead of taking the prompt action that was needed."

Yet Howell expressed certainty the Nov. 8 election will proceed fairly and smoothly, with its integrity maintained.

Election officials will provide 17 hours of online customer service on the final registration day, spanning from 7 a.m. until midnight.

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