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Louisa County official walks the perimeter of the Mineral Virginia Post Office after is was closed from earthquake-related structural damage, Aug. 23, 2001. (AP)

Earthquake Doesn't Stop Virginia Elections Though Some Polling Goes Outdoors

Aug 23, 2011

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Frank James

It takes more than a magnitude 5.8 earthquake to stop democracy, even in a part of the country unaccustomed to merely moderate-sized earthquakes.

Virginia is holding some primaries Tuesday and the state's board of elections alerted voters that polling is still on, even near the quake's epicenter in rural Louisa County, about 90 miles south of Washington, D.C.

The election board reported on its Twitter feed:

VirginiaSBE Virginia SBE The polls in Louisa County, near the epicenter of the earthquake are operating. #vaelections

and

VirginiaSBE Virginia SBE It is confirmed York, Gloucester, Fairfax, Culpeper Counties are conducting voting in SOME precincts, in the parking lots.#vaelections

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