Lynchburg voters stood in line more than two hours to vote early on Wednesday

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — For voters who are holding on to an absentee ballot, it might be too late at this point to send it in the mail and guarantee it arrives on time.

Ballots have to be postmarked by Election Day and received by Friday, Nov. 6 at noon, but the US Postal Service advises voters to mail their ballot a week before Election Day. That time has now passed.

Any Lynchburg voter still holding on to a ballot can stop by the Registrar’s Office from 9-5 p.m., including Saturday, Oct. 31, which is the last day to vote early in person. In Lynchburg, you can come to the left side of the door to drop off the ballot and skip the early voting line.

On Wednesday morning, Lynchburg voters waited more than two hours to vote early in person.

The line stretched down the street, full of people without absentee ballots.

One resident, who turned around when he saw the line, told WFXR News there was no way he was waiting two hours when he had to work.

“I’m probably going to try again tomorrow morning,” said Landon Moore, “just try to get here earlier. Maybe because it’s lunchtime today, that’s what I’m hoping. But worse case, if I have to wait five hours on election day, I’ll just have to wait five hours. Whatever it is, I’ll find a way to vote somehow.”

One woman even brought a book with her to read in line.

Again, voters can drop off their ballot at the door, or an official can come to their car and pick it up from them.

Dropboxes will also be up on Election Day at polling places.

Christine Gibbons, the Director of Elections, says they’re getting more and more early voters. She says since Saturday, they’ve had about 400 people per day. That’s up from 200 per day when early voting started. She says so far, about 14,000 people have voted in Lynchburg.

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