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Focus Set on Safety and Accuracy Ahead of Midterm Elections

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Officials are focused on making Election Day a safe, accurate, and accessible process. Officials are focused on making Election Day a safe, accurate, and accessible process.
Virginia is now a completely paper ballot state. Virginia is now a completely paper ballot state.
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

In just one week, voters will head to the polls to cast their ballots for congressional, Senate, and other races. State election officials say they are prepared to ensure accurate, safe elections and voters need to be ready too.

Virginia has moved to a 100 percent paper ballot system and no electronic machines are connected to the internet in an effort to prevent potential cyber tampering.

The department also said it has coordinated with both state and federal authorities to ensure crews are prepared to address any potential power outages and ensure polling place access.

Elections leaders say they have to be prepared no matter how many voters show up on Election Day.

“Some of the biggest things that a voter can do to ensure a smooth process at the polling place are knowing that you need a photo ID, knowing what’s on your ballot, and knowing where to go on Election Day as far as your polling place is concerned,” said Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Elections Christopher Piper.

To access all of that information, voters can click here or contact their local registrar’s office.

Polls open at 6 a.m. on November 6 and close at 7 p.m. The deadline to vote absentee by mail is Tuesday at 5 p.m. and voters have until Saturday to vote absentee in-person at their registrar’s office.