November 4th, 2008
08:03 PM ET
5 years ago

Virginia investigates alleged suppression

Virginia voters at the polls in Alexandria.
Virginia voters at the polls in Alexandria.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - At least three cases of possible voter suppression at election sites around Virginia will be investigated by state police, according to Virginia election officials.

The cases were reported in the city of Richmond, Fairfax County and Fauquier County, according to Nancy Rodrigues, Virginia's executive secretary of the Board of Elections.

In once case she said the "over presentation of law enforcement" at one polling location was called in. In another case someone was playing a recording of right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh loud enough to violate the no campaigning within 300 feet of a voting location.

"We are working very closely with local and state police to investigate these allegations," Rodrigues said during a press conference in Richmond Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the election board said they could not say what the third incident was and could not comment further on the cases, only saying that investigations are underway on all three incidents.


Filed under: Virginia • Voter Problems
soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. Red, Red WHINE!!

    Convict them and charge them with treason and domestic terrorism. Vote suppression should be met with capital punishment. NO EXCUSES! Hang em high and keep em hung!

    November 4, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  2. Andy

    Just what we need...another news story that will really help shape the political landscape in regards to the faulty election system in the United States.
    Voters feel disenfranchised enough, do we need to enhance the feeling?

    November 4, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  3. Frankie

    This election has brought a lot of negative attention to Virginia today. All starting with polls opening late, and now this.

    November 4, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  4. martin

    What about the Black Panther party members standing outside of a polling station with a night stick as white people try to vote in Philadelphia?

    November 4, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  5. Anonymoose For Obama

    It just goes to show you, the Republicans will do anything to win, even if it's the morally wrong thing to do.

    November 4, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  6. Farnaz

    I saw a police officer telling two homeless women to go vote for McCain in downtown Los Angeles.

    November 4, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  7. Claudette

    I hope the republican party does not repeat what they did for Al Gore and Bush. If Obama does not win, the world will know that america is the most racist country in the world. It will not go well for America. Let us have a fair election and America will make history.

    November 4, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  8. RS

    Seriously? I think you've missed a meeting. Sometimes this type of thing does happen to voters.

    November 4, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  9. trevor

    Complete and utter nonsense from Martin, another fear and smear Repug tactic as usual...Obama will win whether you like it or not, jerk, GET OVER IT! OBAMA/BIDEN '08!

    November 4, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  10. Dan

    CNN will not report anything that is detrimental to the Democratic party. Come on!

    November 4, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  11. informed

    Black Panther is not a political party, and who's to say white people don't want to vote for Obama?

    November 4, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  12. John

    It is ok for blacks and dems to do this. However, if european americans do it, then it is wrong.

    November 4, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  13. Tat

    Why is it that all of the voting irregularity articles have an anti-republican spin on them? If a republican wins, they -must- have intimidated someone or mucked with the results. If a democrat wins, it's by the will of the people?!? Are you people that naive to believe voting irregularities are perpetuated by both sides and are... *gasp*... sometimes human error?

    For the safety of all major American cities, McCain should go ahead and concede. If they loose, the Democrats will riot and burn everything in sight. It just can't be the will of the people.

    November 4, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  14. Bobby

    Don't you mean the GOP plant?

    November 4, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  15. sam

    were the hurting anyone? no. were they spreading propaganda? no. Was rush hurting anyone? no. Was rush spreading propaganda? yes.

    November 4, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  16. Mike

    I didn't even know the Black Panthers were still active.

    November 4, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  17. Noah

    You're right, Martin. Those blacks sure have a history of suppressing the white vote in this country!

    November 4, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  18. Donnie Jackson

    It was not confirm they were members of the Black Panther, but if you must know they were ask to leave and they left peacefully.

    November 4, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  19. tom

    What about proper english?

    November 4, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  20. David

    Honestly from both sides of the issue...nothing should scre you out of your right to vote...and if it does....you're weak-minded.
    Black Panther Party frightened you? come on guy

    November 4, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  21. neil

    well, martin...i wasn't there and only heard it on the most reliable and balanced news source: sean hannity's radio program. need i say any more?

    November 4, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  22. cfm

    This is CNN – you don't expect them to report any news the other way, do you?

    November 4, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  23. Andrew

    This sounds about right. Republicans suppressing Democrats. All those fake nasty robocalls and text messages telling people not to vote are being sent by Republicans. Add this to all the nasty campaign tactics this season in the presidential race by Republicans...no wonder the Democrats will win.

    November 4, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  24. Steffan Hamilton

    I wish people would grow up. Just vote- and avoid all these scare tactics.

    November 4, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  25. DHM

    It is no surprise that this is happening in Virginia of all places. Just a week ago, I heard about an email sent out by the Commonwealth of Virginia stating that due to the overwhelming responses to this historic election, Republicans will be allowed to vote on November 4th and Democratics on November 5th.

    November 4, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
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