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Alexandria reconfiguring elections office to shorten early voting lines

Voters line up to vote early in Old Town (Staff Photo by Jay Westcott)

The wait for early voting should be a little shorter next year.

The City of Alexandria is working to expand its Office of Voter Registration and Elections in Old Town (421 King Street) to accommodate a surge in early voting.

On Saturday, Dec. 16, the City Council is set to review an amended lease for the office that would allow the office to expand to accommodate more in-person/early voting.

The docket item says the city will also use the new space as storage for election materials and equipment.

“Early voting has increased significantly over the past few election cycles with the length of the ballots and the election type contributing to long wait times and lines for voters at voting locations,” the report said. “In addition, the passage of SB 3 effective July 1, 2022, requires the reporting of absentee results by precinct which will result in the need for additional equipment to support a ballot on demand system.”

The report said the office will expand by around 500 square feet and it will be in place for the presidential election next year.

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