A federal judge has extended Virginia's voter registration deadline by 48 hours after an accidentally severed cable shut down the state's online portal.
Wednesday's order in Richmond is an effort to make up for the site being down for several hours on Tuesday, which was the last day to register before November's general election.
Both the voting rights group that sued for the extension and Virginia officials who were defendants in the case agreed that more time should be granted.
BREAKING NEWS: The Virginia Voter Registration Deadline has been extended to 10/15! You can register online by going to https://t.co/8vK06RBLHl or register to vote in-person at your local general registrar's office by 5pm on 10/15. Paper applications must be postmarked by 10/15. pic.twitter.com/ZgYnmetLDL
— VA Dept of Elections (@vaELECT) October 14, 2020
The new deadline for people hoping to vote is 11:59 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 15.