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Smoke temporarily moves voting outside at King George’s Potomac Elementary School
Potomac Elementary School in King George County, which serves as the polling place for Dahlgren voters, was evacuated for about half an hour Tuesday evening due to a report of smoke coming from a classroom, according to King George Fire and Rescue Chief David Moody.
Fire and rescue officials evacuated the building and investigated the source of the smoke, concluding that it was caused by problems with the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, Moody said.
While the building was being inspected, election officials set up outside and voters were able to continue to vote, according to King George County Registrar Lorrie Gump.
“There was really no lapse whatsoever,” Gump said.
After about half an hour, the building was reopened and voting was allowed to continue inside. Gump will report the incident to the State Board of Elections.