RICHMOND, Va. (WVEC) Just under 28,000 Virginians registered to vote after a judge ordered a deadline extension last Thursday.

The extension was ordered after the online registration system got overwhelmed and would not allow voters to log in.

On Thursday, October 20th, a federal judge extended the deadline for Virginia residents to register through Friday, October 21st.

In total, 27,952 voter registration applications were submitted, according to the Virginia Department of Elections.

“This is the first presidential election in which voters have been able to register or update their records online, and at times our technology has had a difficult time keeping up with this unprecedented demand. However, I am confident that the steps we have taken to improve the system for our voters and our dedicated local registrars will result in a positive experience for voters on November 8,” said Department of Elections Commissioner Edgardo Cortes.

Virginians may check their voter registration status, find their polling location, check what is on their ballot, and apply for an absentee ballot on the Department’s Citizen Portal at Allow several days after submitting a registration application for the status to appear on the portal.