UPDATE: Long lines and delays at Roanoke County polling sites


UPDATE: All of Roanoke County precincts will be using paper polling books to check in to vote this Election Day.

“What’s happened is that we’ve been testing our electronic poll books getting them ready for Election Day, said Anna Cloeter, General Registrar Director of Elections Roanoke County.

On Sunday, the Roanoke County Registrar felt their laptops, normally used for Election Day, were too unreliable and too risky to send them out. The Registrar knew issues would arise and opted for paper polls.

“We’ve had issues with our laptops shutting down and freezing such that they were unusable and unworkable,” Cloeter. “We’ve had increasing issues with them with the past several elections.”

The 64 laptops are tested throughout the year.

“We thought it would be a lot safer and smarter to send out something that is fail-proof, fail-safe than in something we didn’t have confidence in,” said Cloeter.

Officials say the paper polls are not causing the delays, but the high voter turnout could play a factor in how long you wait to cast your vote. 

The polls close at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday.

In order to cast your ballot you must be in line by 7 o’clock.


Electronic poll books are down and causing delays for voters in Roanoke County.

According to the Registrar’s Office, all voters are now using paper poll books.

Voters should expect long lines and delay at the polls. All polls in Roanoke County are affected.

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