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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  1. 50 States Blue

    Palin: 'I pray I wake up as VP-elect'

    Does she think she has a chance...oh pleeezzzeee Keep dreaming, it ain't going to happen....Just head back to moose town.

    November 4, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. Diana

    That is the nice thing about age ,if you are lucky enough to have a good long life YOU! will be old to some day! And then maybe some unintelligent person will think you shouldn't be able to vote either
    And Most of my older friends own there homes & don't need the government to bail them out.
    The last time I checked being disabled didn't know any age.

    November 4, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. Kelly (Colorado Springs)

    To those who think that Obama will be "the worst disaster for America": I believe we've already HAD that, and his name is Bush II. The Republicans have run our country into the ground and it's time for new and progressive ways of thinking to prevail.

    Obama/ Biden `08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Judith A Carlson

    Too bad it's too late for this historic election, but we need more education for new citizens. At my polling place, there are many new citizens, mostly from Eastern Europe. There are many spoiled ballots because many of these new voters tried to vote for Obama for president but Palin for vice-president or, conversely, they liked McCain but wanted Biden for vice-president. The election judges had to explain, ad nauseum, that the presidential candidates and their running mates are a package deal and that they can't be split. I wonder how much this is occurring throughout the country.

    November 4, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    BE AWARE, ANY ATTEMPT TO DENY AN AMERICAN CITIZEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE IS AN ACT OF TREASON. FACT.

    November 4, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. Paula

    For Rod who stated that McCain/Palin care about the unborn: what about the children already born who are suffering in our country AND in Iraq? The USA was supposed to never use cluster bombs again-well they did in Iraq and thousands of children have been maimed as a result.
    My vote is for the Man who cares about ALL of the people-not just the "chosen" few.

    Obama 08 & 2012

    November 4, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    As a partially disabled person myself I think it's GREAT!
    A vote is your voice...So be heard TODAY! Oh, and watch for more Republican dirty tricks...Remember Nixon's PLUMBERS!!!

    VOTE!!!

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    November 4, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. MBuvia Greenwood,IN

    How can you have lived in this country the last 8 years and still vote Republican is something I cannot understand. The U.S. NEEDS this change-a change from hate and lies that all the Republicans think is the natural order of the government. We NEED an intelligent President -not geezer and gidget -as someone said.

    November 4, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Goddess

    Of course the elderly should go to the front of the line. I am pregnant and thank GOD I only had to wait behind one person and then I got to vote.

    November 4, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th

    my husband was a " vet" i lost him in 2006, HE WOULD BE SO PROUD TO HAVE VOTED FOR BARACK OBAMA, GOD BLESS ALL OUR TROOPS AND ALL OF OUR VETS. VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN

    November 4, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. Independent but Leaning

    OMG! This is obviously a racist Republican conspiracy!

    November 4, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. Sara

    I live in NC & use a wheelchair & didn't have any trouble voting this morning. I did notice, however, that only 1 voting station was lowered so that it could be accessed from a seated position. Luckily there was not a long line where I was voting, so I was able roll right up to it. I also noticed that there was a place where you could drive up to the curb and push a button & someone would bring your ballot right out to your car if you have a disability. I personally don't like any special treatment like that just because I have a disability (I'm young & very mobile despite using a chair), but I suppose it would be nice for those who are elderly or who have a more difficult time getting out of the car or waiting in lines.

    November 4, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. CLINTON

    I THINK THAT IN THE FINAL HOURS BEFORE LAST POLLS CLOSE WE WOULD KNOW THE WINNER, THE RESULT WON'T BE THAT TIGHT

    November 4, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. Obama doesn't win VA

    I'm wondering if it is possible for anyone else to screw the country up anymore then it already is.

    Fact is people are not happy with Bush + Economy = Republicans that's how they vote.

    Vote on the issues.

    Why aren't the ballots in Chinese, they have them in English and Spanish!

    November 4, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  15. Formerly undecided voter

    I wonder how many of these elderly people are being TOLD how to vote?????

    November 4, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. Obama is the Messiah

    And when Jesus OBAMA was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased

    November 4, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  17. vic

    Handicapped and the elderly should be moved to the front of the line. Thats just being respectful.

    November 4, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  18. Formerly undecided voter

    Everybody always blames the republicans for voter fraud, but what about the "Black Panthers" guarding the entrance of the voting places in Philly with night sticks and intimdating everyone.

    Oh, and in Virginia, they seem to have LOST all of their votes cast by our military, who at last note were 68% McCain.

    One polling place in Pittsburg already had votes on it when the voting started.

    A lot of democratic cheating going on here.

    November 4, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. Formerly undecided voter

    Everybody always blames the republicans for voter fraud, but what about the "Black Panthers" guarding the entrance of the voting places in Philly with night sticks and intimdating everyone.

    Oh, and in Virginia, they seem to have LOST all of their votes cast by our military, who at last note were 68% McCain.

    One polling place in Pittsburg already had votes on it when the voting started.

    A lot of democratic cheating going on here.

    November 4, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. Rob

    I'm sure it's just for those who are going to vote for Obama. The state already wants to not include ballots of soldiers. Hmm, maybe that can take a hint from Philly, and have some Black Panthers come in and block polling places.

    Like everything else the libs get their hands on, America will be ruined if they win.

    NOBAMA

    November 4, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Spider

    We've all heard the old saw:

    "If you don't bother to get out and vote, you can't complain about our government."

    Anyone else find that pretty stupid?

    Look at it in real life.
    If my candidate wins the election I will never complain about what he does. There are a bunch of Republicans that still think G.W. Bush was a good President.
    If my candidate loses the election I will complain about everything the President does.
    If I don't vote, then I probably didn't care. Why would I complain anyway? Unless I'm a complainer, regardless.

    I did vote. And I will be complaining if Barack Obama is elected. I will be reminding people everyday of all the promises The One made in order to get elected. I will point out how unsuccessful he is in fulfilling those promises. When, in four years, at the end of his term, he has failed terribly and no one wants to admit they voted for him, I will point out that, if you're Black, there's a 93% chance that you did.

    November 4, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. elizabeth

    To Frank F ,remember that you will get old if you live. I hope that you don't feel that way about your parents.

    November 4, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. today..

    I am an African-American woman that just wants to thank EVERYBODY and thank God for letting Barack Obama get this far.

    This is a healing moment for every black person in this country and I just want to let you all know how thankful I am.

    God bless America's spirit and hope.

    November 4, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. WAKE UP

    People this is not about Dems complaining. The Dems as of tonight at Midnight will control The House, The Senate and The Presidency.
    Not to mention probably the judicial branch in the next 4 years. This means the Dems will control The Legislative, Judicial, and Executive branch of government.

    Why don't all of you BITTER Republicans just move to Canada, oh wait that is too socialist, how about Mexico, oh wait probably too communist. Where do you go?

    Don't forget, you have done this to yourselfs and there is no one to blame but yourselves. So now what?

    November 4, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Kim

    CNN seems to be doing a good job helping to keep things running smoothly.

    Obama '08

    November 4, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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