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In-person absentee voting remains open through Saturday

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In-person absentee voting remains open through Saturday

The last day for Prince William County residents to cast in-person absentee ballots is this Saturday, Nov. 3.
October 30 marked the last day for those wishing to request mail-in absentee ballots to do so with the county registrar.
However, those who cannot make it to the polls on Nov. 6 for the nation-wide general election can still stop by one of four facilities in the county to vote early if they have an approved reason for not being able to vote Tuesday.
Both of the western area locations will be open daily until then despite the weather.
In Haymarket, voters with a valid reason for voting absentee may do so at the Town Hall on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Haymarket Town Hall is located at 15000 Washington Street.
At the Office of Voter Registration and Elections main office in Manassas, voters may cast ballots on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Manassas office is located at 9250 Lee Avenue, Suite 1.
Offices are also open in Woodbridge at the James J. McCoart Administration Building (1 County Complex Court) and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) (2731 Caton Hill Road).
Hours at the McCoart building run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for Wednesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
DMV hours run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
According to Diana Dutton, the administrative manager for the Prince William County Voter Registration and Elections Department, early voting in the county is not ahead of the numbers set by the 2008 general election.
As of mid-afternoon on Oct. 29, about 9,800 voters cast in-person absentee ballots in the county.
Dutton said election officials expected that number to break 10,000 by Oct. 30.
Meanwhile, voters returned about 4,600 mail-in absentee ballots.
That means, as of Tuesday, less than 15,000 county residents voted early.
In 2008, 162,446 voters cast ballots in the presidential election.
County officials are "hoping for" 70 percent total turnout.
Four years ago, 77.53 percent of active voters cast ballots while 74.90 percent of total registered voters cast ballots in Prince William County.
"Well, people wise, we have longer lines at (the) DMV and we have so far, overall, had a larger turnout at DMV," said Dutton.
She added that the western end of the county "tends to have more mail-in ballots" than the eastern end, "but it's not a huge difference."
Politically, the eastern end of the county is more Democratic-leaning and the western end is more Republican-leaning.
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