November 4th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Elderly, disabled to get assistance in VA

Former Virginia Gov. and Senate candidate Mark Warner greets an elderly voter at a polling place in Alexandria, VA Tuesday.
Former Virginia Gov. and Senate candidate Mark Warner greets an elderly voter at a polling place in Alexandria, VA Tuesday.

(CNN) - In response to a complaint to the CNN Voter Hotline, the Virginia Board of Elections is directing polling stations to assist elderly and disabled voters, according to the board's Mike Litterst. He said Virginia Secretary of State Nancy Rodriguez has sent an email to state registrars that the stations are obligated to assist those individuals.

Chesapeake is reporting few technical problems in any of its 53 voting sites, a Chesapeake City support technician told CNN. He said the voting machines are user friendly, even for the elderly and disabled, and poll workers are certified to adjust any machine to assist voters.

The state election board spokesman said in the event the machines are down, paper ballots would be offered. Litterst could not confirm the caller's claims that there was no one to help the elderly and disabled but said measures have been taken to ensure that those voters are being treated fairly.


Filed under: Virginia • Voter Problems
soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th

    I BELIEVE ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS IN THIS ELECTION WAS WHEN A 106 YEAR OLD, YOUNG LADY GOT TO VOTE. IT BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES, SHE VOTED FOR BARACK OBAMA, WHAT A WONDERFUL TIME TO BE AN AMERICAN. VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN

    November 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Stu Padaso

    Richard S. – Congrats on surviving the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, but what does that have to do with the elderly or disabled.

    November 4, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. Concerned

    Gene-

    The Republican party is based on the things that I agree with, and Christian and moral values are those that I agree with the most.
    Obama, as a "Christian" listened for a period of time longer than my life span to the preachings of Jeremiah Wright. He spent twenty years listening to anti-American speeches and befriending those who were accused of terrorist acts. These are supposed Christian values? I think not.
    John McCain was a POW. He spent years being tortured, yet would not leave his imprisonment until those who had been held longer had been released. He adopted a child from Bangladesh who had a cleft palate, paid for her surgery, and gave her a better life. These are not moral values?
    Tell me, Gene, what precisely do you consider moral if not those things?

    November 4, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. jimmy

    THE CATHOLIC CHURCH STOPPED GIVING FUNDS TO THE ACORN ORGANIZATION ACCUSED OF VOTER REGISTRATION FRAUD IN SEVERAL STATES AND WITH THOUSNADS OF EVIDENCE IN THE VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS. THE FBI IS INVESTIGATION B UT HAS NOT RELEASED ANY OF ITS FINDINGS
    WHICH MEANS AMERICANS WILL NOT LEARN OF EXTENSIVE VOTER REGISTRATION FRAUDS TILL AFTER THE ELECTION WHICH WILL BE TOO LATE. IT WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO ROOT OUR UNQUALIFIED, INELIGIBLE VOTERS LIKE FELONS, ILLEGAL ALIENS , CEMETERY NAMES, FICTITIOUS CHARACTERS LIKE MICKEY MOUSE.

    November 4, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. south jersey

    don't you just LOVE the way Repub vp candidate

    says American is 'COOL'

    don'cha wanna VP who talks like that?

    November 4, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Shelbelster

    Gene – great statement!!!! And a great big AMEN!!!

    November 4, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. Shelbelster

    If Obama bought this election, then the Yankees have been buying the WS for many years as their payroll is thru the roof compared to all other teams (including the Mets)!!!
    In 2008, wanna bet the candidates don't raise at least what Obama has? Just wait – you will be shocked!!!

    November 4, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. Shelbelster

    Tulsa – you are too funny!!! My Dad has pretty much the same thought process as some of these rw – he completely contradicts himself when we talk politics...cracks me up!!!

    November 4, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. ok, ok.

    The other blogs were closed but I just had to make this clear, on the blank panther reports in Philly that is making national news, there were 2 AA guys standing outside with a black panther sign on their clothing, and had clubs, and the Republican pole watcher stated they were intimidating people, the police were called to the scene and the 2 AA guys and fox news were escorted from the polling area. stop putting every AA in the same category, all races have nut jobs.
    This has nothing to do with Obama.

    November 4, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Shane

    I'm a combat veteran of the United States Marine Corps. I went to vote this morning, only to find out that I wasn't registered. When I served overseas I sent in a registration and an absentee ballot in past elections, apparently nothing was received and my vote didn't count then and makes it not able to count today. So where did my registration and vote go in the past? Just would like to say no matter who you vote for, God Bless America and stand up for what you believe in!

    November 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. Blue in Red AZ

    This is why you are racisit "47 yr old....whatever and any of you other McCain/Palin supporters w/ hurt feelings... because this is how you and a lot of YOUR people think:

    47yo male for McCain November 4th, 2008 2:38 pm ET

    "Just because Obama, Sharpton and NAACP bought this election doesn't mean you can discriminate against Disabled Folks."

    November 4, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. TyWebb

    Elderly and disabled? Isn't that the McCain / Palin ticket?

    November 4, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. Legal One

    He looks like he's refusing to let her proceed and she looks terrified!

    November 4, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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