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Judge re-opened voter registration in Virginia until Thursday following outage on final day to register

October 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

"I Voted" stickers lie in a box for voters after they place their ballots at an early voting site in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Al Drago

A federal judge in Virginia said Wednesday he will re-open voter registration in the state through Thursday after a computer outage took down the system on Tuesday, the deadline to register.

(CNN)A federal judge in Virginia said Wednesday he will re-open voter registration in the state through Thursday after a computer outage took down the system on Tuesday, the deadline to register.

Judge John Gibney Jr. said the order would extend to both online registration and in-person registration.

"You can't go back in time and register people," Gibney said.

Absent his intervention, "Almost an entire day of voter registration will be lost. "

For much of the day Tuesday, visitors to the state portal were met with this message: "Due to a network outage the Citizen Portal is temporarily unavailable. "

"If we have problems with local registrars who decide that this order does not require them to allow additional registration, you have my phone," Gibney told the parties.

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