The Blacksburg Library and Margaret Beeks Elementary School polling places experienced unexpected power outage at around 4:15 p.m. today. According to The Roanoke Times, the power has been restored, as of now.
Virginia Tech Electric Service is in charge of the service for the affected area, which includes the two polling places, parts of the Virginia Tech campus and other buildings around Main Street and Preston Street near downtown Blacksburg. The power outage inconvenienced about 300 people.
According to The Roanoke Times, Assistant Vice President for University Relations Mark Owczarski said that the power outage was caused by a squirrel and involved an underground switch.
Voting was able to continue in the two polling places because of the battery backup and generators. However, waiting time did increase because only one computer was running at the library.
Despite the power outage, people were still voting by cellphone light.