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Another wrinkle in the case is the partial shutdown of the federal government. Federal courts across the country have indicated that they will be able to stay open through Oct. 17 and possibly longer.

A hearing on the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Alexandria, is scheduled for Oct. 18.

The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 5 election in Virginia is Tuesday.

Voters can check their registration status and polling place at, by contacting their registrar’s office or by calling 800/552-9745.