On Friday, early in-person voting kicked off in Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Virginia. Judging by the lines in Virginia, voters are enthusiastic and motivated to make sure their votes count and their voices are heard.
Take a look at the scenes around Virginia, starting with the scene in Loudon County, a suburb of Washington, D.C. that is home to an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 federal workers and their families.
Voters in line in Leesburg VA for first day of early voting in Virginia pic.twitter.com/2NUIslBjB0
— Bill Clark (@billclarkphotos) September 18, 2020
Elsewhere in Virginia, the lines were just as long. Take a look at Richmond.
There may be 6+ weeks until Election Day 2020, but early voting in Virginia actually starts today — and there are dozens of voters in line to vote in person even before the building here in Richmond, VA opens pic.twitter.com/LchWhknggp
— Amanda Golden (@amandawgolden) September 18, 2020
And check out Fairfax.
— Richard Madan (@RichardMadan) September 18, 2020
In Alexandria they were lined up before the polls even opened.
— Julie Carey (@JulieCareyNBC) September 18, 2020
CNN interviewed Jim O’Conner, who said the USPS delays made him distrust mail-in voting this year so he was going to stand in line for as long as it took to make sure he cast his vote in-person today.
And while the lines in Minnesota were not quite as long today for the first day of in-person voting, the enthusiasm was high. Funnily enough, lots of people seem to be wearing the iconic Converse Chuck Taylor shoes, a nod to Sen. Kamala Harris, who is famously fond of wearing the old school classic.
Mowed the lawn! Early voting starts today🗳 in Minnesota! Get out and vote 🗳! Blue Tsunamis 🌊 Cheers 🍻! Rangers Lead the Way! pic.twitter.com/eljsUlJBiP
— Chris Foreman 🖖🏻🖖🏿🖖🏾🖖🏽🖖🏼🇺🇸🌈 (@Flukestarbucker) September 18, 2020
Meet our first voter of the General Election… Jason! The Early Vote Center at 980 E. Hennepin Ave opened at 8 a.m. sharp. In the first 30 minutes, we served 44 Minneapolis voters 🎉🗳️ pic.twitter.com/Mo9TwLVfHU
— Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services (@VoteMpls) September 18, 2020
Joe Biden and Donald Trump are headed to campaign in Minnesota on Friday to kick off early voting.
ELECTION DAY IS ALREADY HERE: Voters in the swing state of Minnesota head to the polls for early voting.
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) September 18, 2020