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Nearly 28,000 register to vote in Virginia after deadline is extended

Nearly 28,000 register to vote in Virginia after deadline is extended
A voter casts her ballot at an absentee voting station in Arlington, Va., on Wednesday. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds / AFP/Getty Images)

The Virginia Department of Elections says nearly 28,000 people registered during a brief extension of the state's voter-registration deadline.

A federal judge granted the extension Thursday after heavy demand prevented some voters from registering online.

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U.S. Senior Judge Claude Hilton had ordered officials to reopen voter registration in the commonwealth and keep it open until 11:59 p.m. Friday.

Election officials said in a statement Saturday that as of the 11:59 p.m. deadline for online registration, 27,952 voter registration applications had been submitted since the court order.

Officials said the final number of applications submitted during the window will be higher when in-person and mailed voter registration applications are processed in the coming days.

Mailed voter registration applications had to be postmarked on or before Friday.

The deadline to register to vote was extended recently in parts of North Carolina, Georgia and Florida because of storm damage from Hurricane Matthew.

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