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Hundreds of Early Voters Cast Ballots at Chesterfield’s New Satellite Location

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Voters lined up to cast their ballots at the North Courthouse Library, one of four libraries that that opened for early, in-person voting on Monday (Photo: Ian Stewart/VPM News)

Monday was the first day Chesterfield County voters could cast an early ballot at one of four new satellite locations.

According to General Registrar Constance Hargrove, hundreds of voters lined up outside, waiting for the doors to open at the North Courthouse Library.

“I’ve been here all day,” Hargrove said. “We’ve had over 450 people vote so far today.”

That was at 12:30 p.m. Hargrove said based on the turnout she’s seen so far, she expected up to 1,400 daily voters at this location Monday--which matches the turnout at the county’s main registrar office in the county seat.

One of those in line was new voter--and new citizen--Diem La. She’s from Vietnam and came out with her husband. 

It was, “The first time I got to vote, I’m so excited,” Diem said. “I wait in the outside, I think 30 minutes.”

After she voted, La and her husband took selfies with their “I Voted” stickers.

The following libraries also opened for voting today: LaPrade, Meadowdale and Ettrick-Matoaca.

Each library is open for voting Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Voters can also continue to vote early at the General Registrar’s office located at 9848 Lori Road. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and on October 24 and 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Early voting ends on Saturday, October 31. Residents who wish to vote by mail must apply for an absentee ballot by Friday, October 23.

 

Ian M. Stewart previously was the transportation reporter and fill-in anchor for VPM News.
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