Poll workers in Floyd see large early voter turnout

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UPDATE 10:21 p.m. — Waiting in line to vote Friday wasn’t as difficult for people looking to cast their ballot early in Floyd County. Poll workers are offering a curbside option.

“Every vote counts, especially when an election can be decided by one vote,” said Brecc Avellar, Chairman of the Floyd County Electoral Board.

Avellar says a few places were considered to set up shop, but just about everyone in Floyd County passes the courthouse at least once over the course of the day.

Angela Barrett is a prime example.

“When I drove by and saw that this was open and my kids were in the car, I was like ‘Let’s do this. Let’s do this right now,'” Barrett said.

The setup has even been passed around by word of mouth to folks like Cyrus Walker.

“I went into the Exxon, started filling up gas, and somebody was talking about voting there (the courthouse),” Walker said. “I said ‘Where’s that at?’ They said, ‘Come on up to the courthouse. They’re doing early voting.'”

Feedback from voters has been overwhelmingly positive.

“I kind of like it,” Walker said. “You just roll up; you don’t event have to get out. Just vote, and they do all the work for you.”

“I do like going into the polls to vote, but I do appreciate this today and just being able to drive right through and get it done, check it off the list,” Barrett said.

“Whether using this process or the mail-in process, we think we may get as much as a third of people voting this way, maybe more,” Avellar said.

Curbside voting in Floyd will continue Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the last two Saturday’s in October up until the Nov. 3 election.

FLOYD, Va. (WFXR) — With just 46 days left until the presidential election, Friday marked the first day of early voting in Virginia.

Many polling stations in our area reported a high turnout on Friday, Sept. 18. Floyd County was one of those locations.

Poll workers set up shop in the back of the Floyd County Courthouse. Voters could go inside to vote, if they wanted to, but a majority of people chose the curbside option.

Of the county’s, roughly, 11,000 registered voters, 240 people voted on Friday. Voters who drove in say they liked how surprisingly easy it was.

“I do like going into the polls to vote, but like I said I do appreciate this today and just being able to drive right through and get it done, check it off the list,” said Floyd resident Angela Barrett.

Floyd County will be doing curbside voting Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and also the last two Saturdays in October, leading up to the November election.

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