November 4th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
5 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.


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soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. GARY

    OBAMA BOUGHT THIS RACE THROUGH THE MEDIA,DNC ETC. JUST REMEMEMBER.WHAT GLITTERS IS NOT ALWAYS GOLD. ALSO. WHAT YOU DONT KNOW WONT HURT YOU. OBAMA LIVES BY THIS SAYING. MCCAIN IS THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN KEEP OR COUNTRY SAFE.IF OBAMA GETS ELECTED IT WILL BE THE WORST DISASTER FOR AMERICA.

    November 4, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    That's great to know that the elderly and the disable are not being disenfranchised!

    Let's get out and VOTE people!

    PLEASE AMERICA LET'S REJECT THE VILE POLITICS OF THE REPUBLICANS!

    HOPE TRUMPS FEAR & HATE!

    November 4, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Voter

    I still think a sanity or IQ test for everyone should be a requirement.

    And an option for those in hospitals (car accidents, pregnancy etc.)

    November 4, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Good !! Now get ALL the votes counted correctly. Thanks.

    November 4, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Boye

    Seniors and the disabled get priority seating in public transportation, how come they don't have a booth that gives priority to seniors/disabled?

    November 4, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. george from alaska

    John & Sarah repent of your evil greedy republican ways and accept the Savior. Please turn out the lights...your party is over!

    November 4, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. Laura

    I hope this includes access to Spanish-language ballots and instruction as well – many registered, legal, first-time voters could use the help!

    November 4, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. P. Fox

    At 6:30 AM, in a pouring rain, election officials in Hampton, VA were walking up and down a long line of voters asking if there were any elderly and handicapped voters needing help. Those who did were sent to the front of the line. Nice to see.

    November 4, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. voter voice

    they do, wheelchair accessible booths in most places.

    I'm just concerned that the "help" they get will be "just check THIS box"...
    Why else would political party hacks be wandering the halls of Alzheimer wards with absentee ballots?

    November 4, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. Stu Padaso

    Do we really want the elderly and disabled voting?

    November 4, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. Dee

    Why is this even an issue? did they NOT THINK that the disabled/elderly did not vote? They should have had accomodations in place LONG before this day happened...

    What a mess?

    November 4, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. DJ

    My concern was for those waiting in long lines with no priority for elderly and/or disabled. I'm healthy and had no problem standing in line for an hour and a half but felt for the gentleman in front of me who was having difficulty standing with only his cane for support and the gentleman farther up with a back brace.

    November 4, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Tiffany

    Norfolk polling station at Bolling has a line out the door. Some have been waiting for hours.

    November 4, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. E. Taylor

    I've wondered how my mother-in-law, whom suffers with arthritic knees, is supposed to stand in line for hours in the rain today.

    However, voting at her station in Richmond, she was in and out within a half an hour.

    November 4, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  15. Jonathan

    In Indiana elderly and disabled folks get to go to the front of the line.

    November 4, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. GINA, OHIO

    COME ON YOU SWEET ELDERLY PEOPLE BARACK THE VOTE!!!

    November 4, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Nick in OK

    I'm in a wheelchair and voted this morning after waiting in line just like everyone else for a very short 1.25 hours.

    November 4, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. Obama-rocks

    The elderly should be voting for Obama, that way, like the rest of us they won't have to worry about paying their mortgage or any other bills. The government will take care of your every need when Obama is elected. I can't wait to stand in line for my Government cheese. All Hail OBAMA!!

    November 4, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. ANGIE

    thats great!!

    November 4, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. virginia

    Even in my little precinct in small-town Virginia, there was a station set up for those with special needs – it amounted to at least 10% of the available stations. While the rest of us used the 'scan-tron' method of filling in the bubbles, the one station was set up for touch-screen voting to make the process as simple as possible.
    ______________________________________
    Oh – George – your posting has no bearing on this article – why waste everyone's time??

    November 4, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. tulsa

    GARY,
    Lighten up. The day is upon us. Vote your concience, watch the returns and then remember we are all Americans.
    It seems to me that it was people like you who are fond of saying that
    "You have to stand behind the president, like him or not."
    The shoe is on the other foot now, so if you really meant that, then follow your own advice.
    We will need the unity of our nation to get out of this mess. To be divisive after the election would truly be unAmerican.

    November 4, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. layla

    I was thinking about that in Arlington Virginia,because of the wait..the elderly and the disabled should be well treated...also people that suffers from low blood pressure..if the wait is long they can faint....

    November 4, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. Jennifer Shiffman

    This morning at my voting location in Arlington, VA... there was a few elderly voters pulled out of the line and helped out by election officials to chairs in the actual room where the voting machines are. Also, they were asked if they needed help actually voting. The eldery are actually getting some help in VA.

    November 4, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. Carolyn

    Stu Padaso...every vote counts, even the elderly and disabled. See how you would feel if YOU could not vote because you're old and disabled.

    November 4, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. Elderly in Virginia

    I'm an elderly voter in Virginia, and the poll workers were so sweet and helpful to me. They even helped me decide on who to vote for. I was pretty sure that I was going to vote McCain, but the sweet young man at the polls convinced me to select the Obama fellow. He felt so strongly, I guess he knew what he was talking about.

    November 4, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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