County election officials in Arlington, Va., reported on Twitter that 200 people cast ballots in the first hour after polls opened at 8 a.m EDT. There were similar reports coming out of neighboring Fairfax County, as well as in Richmond, the state capital, and Henrico County seat.
Early in-person voting in Virginia runs through Saturday, Oct. 31, ahead of the Nov. 3 general election. The commonwealth is one of roughly a half-dozen states that allows voting 45 days before Election Day.
Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia took to Twitter to urge his state’s voters to begin casting a ballot.
“My ballot is in — and if you are registered in Virginia, you can start voting TODAY. Whether you vote absentee by mail, on #ElectionDay, or early and in person like I did, Virginians can be confident their vote is secure and will be counted."