November 3rd, 2008
04:11 PM ET
6 years ago

Update: No charges in fake VA flyer case

(CNN) – Virginia State Police have decided not to file charges against the individual who created and circulated a flyer with incorrect information about the date for voting in this week’s presidential election.

“After a thorough investigation into the origins of a fake election flyer that began circulating in the Hampton Roads region last week, the Virginia State Police have determined no criminal activity occurred and no charges will be filed,” a press release issued Monday said.

The flyer incorrectly stated 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 Tuesday.

But that information is incorrect. Polls in Virginia are open Tuesday, November 4 for everyone, regardless of party affiliation or political leanings.

The Virginia State Police said in a statement that they had determined the flyer had not been created in order to deceive voters. “The flyer has been evaluated as an ‘office joke’ and was not intended as a means of a misinformation campaign targeting registered voters,” they said. The department noted, however, that circulating incorrect information to voters is against the law in Virginia.

CNN will be tracking voter problems through Election Day. If you have a problem or see a problem, call the CNN Voter Hotline at 877-462-6608. See what issues are a concern in each state by clicking on the interactive Hotline map at cnn.com/hotline.


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soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. Sharon L

    Wow it figures, after all, what's a little voter suppression effort among dirtbags?

    This is unaccpetable~ this is truly an attempt to interefere with a federal election.... "office joke" yeah right.

    November 3, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. Ghost

    Total bull! This is fraud noy a joke they used the state seal on it.

    Get out and vote tomorrow! Send the repugs a clear message! Vote landslide for the dems!

    November 3, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. tws1906 in NC

    Another stunt.

    November 3, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Blue By You

    Nonsense. It was a deliberate attempt.

    November 3, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. Nita in Virginia

    'The Virginia State Police said in a statement that they had determined the flyer had not been created in order to deceive voters' Really? Are you serious? lol. This same stunt was attempted during the last major election and nothing was done. why would they do something now. i cannot wait til we turn this red state blue!

    November 3, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. Chi4Obama

    So when ACORN registers phony voters that would not even affect the outcome of the election, the Republicans call for a Federal investigation.

    But when members of the Virginia statewide GOP purposely try to disenfranchise real voters , then it's just considered a "joke".

    Give me a break.

    November 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Blue By You

    If the State Police won't look into it, perhaps the Virginia Governor or Attoney General should.

    November 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. B

    Ignorance of the Law is not a defense. They should be tried, someone isn't doing their job in Virginia because of Political Motivations.

    November 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Jon

    You have got to be kidding me. If this was an office prank, why were the fliers distributed in a neighborhood? When was the prank revealed as a prank (the most important part of a prank)?

    Some in that neighborhood should file a civil suit.

    November 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. cathy

    This is par for the course of ignorance. "They" can say it was an office joke but based on McCain/Palin's lack of ideas that promote real change by taking the lowest road possible with their tactics they will see that road is a dead end much like the bridge to no where.

    November 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. KAPPA 4 OBAMA CNN BIASED COMMENT CHOICES

    There is obvious misconduct here. Maybe I can rob a store and say it was a joke.
    Food for thought: Barack wants to create more jobs here in America thereby creating more revenue in the United States thereby allowing people to be able to afford their mortgages, gas and food. McCain wants to leave things the way they are and further let the American worker suffer saying the free market will take care of itself while Americans continue to lose more and more jobs. People, think about this, if you can remember, Bush already cut taxes for corporations then cut taxes again.... Were more jobs created b/c he did that or has American workers continued to lose their jobs? Please be intelligent, think for yourselves and make the correct decision. In this day and age, now is not the time to not vote for someone b/c their skin is a little darker then yours. That is the epitome of stupid.

    November 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. Jean 2

    If this had been a Democrate ,there would be an investigation, an arrest and McCain/Palin would be making around the clock accusations.

    What a shame!

    November 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. vahe

    this is F'ed up we need that guy to be charged with something

    November 3, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. Michele Miller

    No charges? Another Republican crime and whitewash. After what the Reds did in the last 2 presidential elections and what they have done against this country for the last 8 years, I am not at all surprised. Something else for the rest of the world to laugh at us for.

    November 3, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. Chi4Obama

    This is a complete move of desperation by the GOP.

    All that they have left to bank on are things like namecalling, and sorry attempts to disenfranchise voters.

    Pathetic.

    November 3, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. C

    THE POLICE CHIEF MUST BE A REPUBLICAN! " "had determined the flyer had not been created in order to deceive voters" THEN WHAT THE HELL WAS IT MEANT TO DO!!!

    November 3, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. Chi4Obama

    So weren't ACORN'S attempts to register names like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck a "joke" as well???

    November 3, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  18. Evie

    My thoughts are with Senator Obama and his entire family on the loss of his very beloved Grandmother. What a wonderful woman she was and what values she gave to him. Despite his personal grief, he is still continuing his quest for change. He, thankfully, was able to visit a long time with her for a day and a half and bring closure and come full circle with her.

    I am so sorry she missed the chance to see him fulfull their dreams.

    May her spirit linger and her love over a long lifetime bring them comfort and peace.

    Evie

    November 3, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
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