- Associated Press - Thursday, October 20, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has granted a brief extension of Virginia’s voter-registration deadline after heavy demand prevented some voters from registering online.

Judge Claude Hilton on Thursday ordered an immediate reopening of voter registration in the commonwealth through Friday.

State officials wanted to extend the deadline through Monday. But Hilton said he wanted an extension just long enough to make up for computer glitches that occurred in the hours leading up to the original Oct. 17 deadline.

A voter advocacy group sued state officials this week seeking the extension.

Virginia elections commissioner Edgardo Cortes says the department will notify voters, and they can register online or by mail with a Friday postmark.

The ruling comes a day after judges in North Carolina and Georgia rejected requests to extend the deadlines for early in-person voting and voter registration, respectively.

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