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. TOO BAD

    CNN only posts the comments that they like so as not to seem biased. I am done with this stupid site. I hope Obama wins so that CNN will not longer have any buu crap to make up about Obama to feed into the Black hating frenzy!!

    November 4, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. 47yo male for McCain

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

    November 4, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. RealityKing

    Obama.., America's first affirmitive action president, curtious of the progressive corrupt MSM. We will not forget..

    November 4, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. Obama is the Messiah

    Voting Intimidation By Black Panthers In Philadelphia-
    Just the kind of Unity I thought we'd get from the Messiah

    November 4, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. JL

    I am glad that the elderly are being treated right at the polls. I worried when I heard that there were issues with the way the elderly were treated in Florida during the first few days of early voting.

    I went to vote this morning at 11am and there wasn't a line, everyone was very nice, and I was in and out in less than 20 minutes. It was a pleasant surpise, considering I waited over 2 hours in 2006.

    November 4, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. Independent white female patriotic voter

    We have got to get a better system for voting! Perioed! It is amazing that we live in the country that is pretty much th eleader of the free world and we cannot get our voting system to work fairly, properly and adequately. I am so disappointed to see what is going on in our country in 2008 almost 2009 with the voting process. For God's sake, someone do somehting and why must we vote in one day, why can't we make a three day affair? why can't we make it easier and a bit more pleasant? I voted early this morning in my small town and didn't have to wait at all. I loved it! I hope that tonight when Seantor Obama wins the eloection, he'll propose something about our voting system that could work better for all of us!
    Obama all the way to Pennsylvania ave....

    November 4, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Amy

    Stu Padaso November 4th, 2008 12:42 pm ET

    Do we really want the elderly and disabled voting?
    --------------------------

    Stu- I am disabled. Why should I not be allowed to vote?

    November 4, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. Concerned

    Why is it considered racist to be a Republican right now?
    I'm not voting for McCain because he's white, i'm voting for him because we have similar values.
    His skin color is not the issue I'm concerned with when casting my ballot. Obama may be black, but that doesn't mean that I'm racist for voting for "the white guy". Had Hilary Clinton been the Dem's nominee, I would still vote McCain.
    People are "racist" because they don't vote Obama, yet the Black Panthers are a justifiable group of what, exactly? Night sticks and threats sound like racism to me, and the targets seem to be white republicans.

    November 4, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. rick

    Black Panthers are intimidating voters in Pa.
    Check it out.

    November 4, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. Briana

    There goes my Senator. He's a good man

    Blue Virginia 08

    November 4, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. tulsa

    lol... Some of you right wing-nuts are pretty funny.
    Hyporcites and idiots, but funny!
    Ok, The people who have voted for Obama voted because of his message of hope, unity and a return to responsible government of, by and for the people.
    It's time we start behaving like we mean it. Let the right yell and scream at clouds. Let them call names. They won't hurt us. Believe in the people and their common sense.
    Ignore the evil rants and accept any who want to join the struggle to take our country back in the direction our fathers intended.
    United we stand, divided we shal surely fail.
    As for those discontented Republicans, if you truly love this Country, do your duty. Pay your taxes. Be a force for unity not division.

    November 4, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. 47yo male for McCain

    Concerned; I have discovered not only are you a racist if your a Republican and you are white but you are also a"Redneck."

    November 4, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. Gene

    I think it's great that people are going down there and helping the elderly around so they can vote.. however..

    Is it appropriate to have a state senate candidate be there in person helping? Isn't that like campaigning at the poll?

    November 4, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. Everything is not racist

    I vote on what is the fact and who seem intelligent.
    Tried of the idiot in office. Love my Country
    This is from a proud Muslim America.

    November 4, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. Everything is not racist

    I vote on what is the fact and who seem intelligent.
    tired of the idiot in office. Love my Country
    This is from a proud Muslim America.

    November 4, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. Former Hillary Supporter for Obama

    Ah Gary put a lid on it dude! Obama will be your next president so suck it up!

    November 4, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Concerned

    Oh, I totally agree with you 47yo!
    It somehow seems that, even though I live in New England, I am a redneck because I appreciate the Christian values, moral behavior, and decisions of a white Republican male.
    however, if I were to vote Obama, I would be a trendy, up to date citizen?
    Don't you just love double-standards?

    November 4, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Stu Padaso

    Amy- The majority of polling station problems deal with disabled people messing up the voting machines.

    November 4, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  19. Gene

    To Concerned:

    Sorry to say this.. But Obama is MUCH stronger on Christian values than McCain.. and as far as Moral Behavior.. Obama is much stronger than McCain too.

    Obama is a family man who doesn't cheat on his wife... and McCain is running the sleeziest campaign ever... Terrorist claiming Robo calls... everything is about how bad Obama is instead of what he can do for the country.

    So if anything.. you're voting for the guy who's LEAST displaying your "christian values"

    November 4, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. Frank Fatcherman

    To Elizabeth, I hope that when I am an old disabled person that my children will have my body processed to feed the living or create an industrial lubricant, not only not be a drain on society but also to aid our children because they are who we borrow the world from, the elderly are useful

    November 4, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  21. Richard A. Spomer

    I am TBI survivor who is an Independent voter, and has already cast my vote for John McCain/Sarah Palin!

    McCain/Palin!

    McCain/Palin!

    November 4, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. Coloradoan for change

    Not only are some of the people who are posting on this site racist, but they seem to be prejudiced against elderly and disabled people. I am so ashamed that the moral fiber of our country has been diminished to the point that we all have to be young, white and physicially and emotionally perfect in order to be deemed 'upstanding' citizens who are worthy of casting a vote. Shame on the shallow representatives of our country who epitomize this mentality. I only hope that a positive light of hope, acceptance and unity will be cast on our great country in the next 24 hours.

    November 4, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. Richard A. Spomer

    McCain/Palin and Senator Mark Warrner 2008!

    November 4, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. jimmy

    The Race card will not work in this election. Bill and Hillary Clinton
    did not play the race card and have helped Obama an awful lot , and for which Obama should be grateful (not sure though, but hope he will be). Bill Clinton is still the best campaigner and it will probably
    he the best endoresement got and Barack Obama for better or worse will be our next President . Not sure if Obama offers Hillary
    a cabinet post or a Justice position?

    November 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. Griff

    Britain went decimal in 1969. Europe went Euro 20yrs later. What as the USA done to compeat? Now You want to Elect a Learner, who know nothing about the World/ Markets...... Your Going down America, this is the 14th Round and your heading for the Canvas....The World is Readyand Waiting, for your Fall...

    November 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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