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Roanoke City Council Praises City Registry Office Work As Early Voting Surpasses 42% | Local News

Voters in person line up outside the office of the Registrar of Electors in Roanoke near downtown Roanoke in early September 18, the first day of early voting.

The Roanoke Times, 2020 dossier

Roanoke City Council praised the city’s office of the registrar of electors for smoothly handling a record number of voters who voted early.

Postal voting began on September 18 as a new Virginia law extended the timeframe to vote before election day and allowed people to vote by mail without giving a reason to vote earlier. The early voting period ended on Saturday.

Roanoke Deputy Mayor Joe Cobb credited City Clerk Andrew Cochran and his staff for their work, as about 27,227 people voted early, of which about 18,000 voted in person and about 9,000 others chose to send their ballot. This figure represents about 42% of the roughly 64,000 voters in Roanoke.

“I think we’re going to set some voter turnout records,” Cobb said at Monday afternoon’s board meeting.

In addition to the presidential election and other federal races, the Roanoke poll includes elections for mayor and city council. Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea is running for a second four-year term against challenger David Bowers. Eight candidates are vying for three vacant city council seats.

Polling stations will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

In other business on Monday:

The city council welcomed new member Vivian Sanchez-Jones at its first meeting since her appointment on October 19 to serve an unexpired term that runs until December 31, 2022.