October 28th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
8 years ago

Virginia trying to combat misinformation about Election Day

Sen. Obama reaches up to greet eager supporters last week in Richmond, Virginia. Obama is scheduled to be in Virginia again Tuesday.

Sen. Obama reaches up to greet eager supporters last week in Richmond, Virginia. Obama is scheduled to be in Virginia again Tuesday.

(CNN) – The Virginia State Board of Elections is putting the word out: November 4 is Election Day for everyone in the state, regardless of political party.

The state agency issued a “Rumor Buster” press release this week with the correct date for voting in next week’s election because a fake flyer has been circulating with false information.

Click here to see the fake flyer

The flyer said incorrectly that Republicans and Republican-leaning independent voters should vote November 4 and that Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents should vote November 5. The flyer claims that the separate dates for voting by party were enacted by the Virginia legislature to ease the strain on the polls during high turnout that is expected.

But, the flyer’s information is false. “The State Board of Elections did not issue this flyer,” the agency said in a statement. “Election Day is Tuesday November 4 and all registered voters will be able to cast their vote on that day. The polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Anyone in line at 7:00 p.m. will be able to vote.”

The fake flyer has been circulating in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, according to the State Board of Elections. The Virginia State Police refused to comment on the flyer because it is part of an “ongoing criminal investigation.”


Filed under: Virginia • Voter Problems
soundoff (249 Responses)
  1. Maggie from Virginia

    Vote Early!!!

    October 28, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Phil in KC

    Republican dirty tricks! That's low!

    October 28, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Peter (CA)

    Ian-proven widespread voter fraud?
    Voter fraud, probably.....widespread, that is the Republican fantasy.
    That is the distortion they use to purge voter rolls.

    Fraud is YPM and the Lincoln Strategy–two groups funded by the Republicans. YPM gets paid $5 for every voter it registers but ONLY if the voter registers Republican. The applicant says they are not Republican but the worker says it is merely a processing thing. Voters in 3 counties in California have filed complaints. YPM's head was recently arrested for voter registration fraud. Oh, and the money YPM gets? $5 a head from Steve Poizner–California Insurance Commissioner and chair of-wait for it--McCain/California campaign.

    McCain--more of the same.

    October 28, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Voted Early

    I don't care if you are D or R .... but really who the hell won't know that Nov. 4th is THE DAY YOU ELECT !!!! .... come on!

    My 5 yr old knows that Nov. 4th is election day ...... wow I am shock by this stupidity. I know it has been a while since many of you been in school but this really takes the cake.

    October 28, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW

    I GUESS THEY THOUGHT IT WOULD WORK SINCE THE OBAMA SUPPORTERS ARE SO GULLIBLE.

    October 28, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. RDS

    @Tony.. get in the work line dummy. The only people getting a tax cut are actual working people not those that are unemployed. If you would read you would have known that by now.

    October 28, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Sharon, Tampa

    @NC Mom...Now you know they won't do that...they didn't even "condemn" that chick in PA

    @Bart...Hampton Roads is a mostly Democratic area (Newport News, Norfolk, Hampton)..Whoever did it knew EXACTLY what they were doing.

    Have no fear...I have family in that area and have send this to them to get the word OUT...

    President Obama WILL have his LANDSLIDE !!!!!

    October 28, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. rob

    The head of the GOP in Virgina should admit they did this and end his career now. we're going to get you sooner than later you schmuck

    October 28, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. deb in Colo

    Sounds like a good reason to vote early to me!

    October 28, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Yoj

    To Allan G. :

    Wow! I can't believe how stupid you are. Why are you people like that? Are you AMERICAN? That's not how you should act. You're AmeriCain, definition: People who are consumed by hate and supidity as an effect of being a follower of McCain.

    October 28, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. check it

    Just like McCain's campaign, their supporters are getting angry and bitter too.

    *Proud Liberal*

    October 28, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. J - East Windsor, CT

    Republicans are disgusting.

    October 28, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Kirk Lott

    At this point, Republican Party is synonymous with Lying Scumbag. Thank you for helping me decide: I'll now be voting for Obama.

    October 28, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Bill

    I live in Virginia. I will vote on Nov 4 for Obama. If the state police find out who is behind this, I will recommend to my legislater a very public tar and feathering!!

    October 28, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Former Republican

    The only way McCain can win is to have one close battle ground state. It's harder to fix the election is six or seven states as it is in one state. There was only one state the that had to be fixed in 2000 and 2004.

    October 28, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. Brain in DC

    How dirtier it can get? They haven't learned that people still remember the dirty tricks of 2004.

    October 28, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. W S Svedin

    You Liberals will try anything to make the other party look bad, anybody slow enough to believe this will bea big enough dummy to believe a conservative sent it.

    October 28, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. Paula Wesley

    More tricks from the Republicans to steal the election like they did in 2004. They are low and vulgar. They just won't stop. They have become an embarrasment to America. All of them need to be in jail.

    October 28, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW

    HEY OBAMA SUPPORTERS,

    HOW FOOLISH YOU WILL BE IF OBAMA WINS THIS ELECTION.

    JUST WAIT!!!!!!

    I'M STILL WONDERING IF OBAMA WINS WHO IS GOING TO RUN THIS COUNTRY. OBAMA ISN'T HE DOESN'T HAVE A CLUE.

    SOMEONE WILL HAVE TO WRITE IT DOWN SO HE CAN JUMP ON A STAGE AND READ IT SO THE OBAMA SUPPORTERS CAN WORSHIP HIM.

    October 28, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. Paula Wesley

    I think the Attorney General of the State should investigate. This is serious. Charges should be brought.

    October 28, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    This is the same mentality that strongarmed Bush into the White House in Florida 8yrs ago and kept him there to this day . I regret not being a US citizen to vote for Obama next week. I regret it.

    October 28, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. Nathan

    Republican tricks like this make me sick to my stomach and fearful of another stolen election. I hope so badly that there isn't another vote scandal and that America gets to see a rightful election winner for the first time in eight years. Get out there, VOTE ! November 4th 2008 will become the day that the world sees America regain its dignity.

    October 28, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW

    PELOSI + REED + OBAMA = DEPRESSION

    WHICH MEANS NO FREE HANDOUTS FOR THE OBAMA SUPPORTERS.

    October 28, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. Bruce

    It happens every Election. The REPUBLICANS try to prevent Democrats from voting. Better check your vote at the machine to ensure the machine did not change your vote to MCcain when you wanted Obama. This is a lot worse that registration frad. This can really effect the election. and prevent LEAGAL voters from casting their VOTE. Suggest the people and the party they represent be put in JAIL

    October 28, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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