This past weekend was going to be a big one for Virginia: visits from both presidential candidates and running mates were scheduled around the state. At the same time, Hurricane Sandy was also planning for a big weekend.
As a safety precaution, weekend appearances by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Vice President Joe Biden were canceled on Friday.
Biden and his wife and son, Jill and Beau, were scheduled to visit Virginia Beach Saturday. Romney was scheduled to visit Sunday before visiting Richmond 100 miles away. Both canceled their events in Virginia Beach to allow local resources to stay focused on hurricane preparedness and any emergencies that would arise.
Romney canceled other campaign stops in Prince William County and Richmond on Friday. Saturday night, Obama canceled a rally with former president Bill Clinton that was supposed to be held Monday in Prince William County.
Romney’s Virginia Beach stop will be rescheduled. There’s been no announcement about whether his stops in Prince William and Richmond will be rescheduled.
Hurricane Sandy hit on one of the two weekends the state had scheduled for in-person absentee voting. In Virginia Beach, one of the largest cities in the state, in-person absentee voting was put on hold for Monday, Oct. 29 at the municipal center, courthouses, fire stations and DMVs.
Virginia’s State Board of Elections advised local registrars to stay open unless it would endanger voters to travel to the office. The state has prioritized restoring power to registrar offices and the 2,500 polling locations around the state and state law allows the Board to designate emergency polling places, if needed.
Already, Gov. Bob McDonnell has announced the State Board of Elections will schedule supplementary evening and weekend in-person absentee voting times after the storm.
(via the Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Daily Press)