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. Rick. Gloucester Point VA.

    and this is surprising?

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

    They weren't bothering anyone. There was only one individual that stated he felt influenced. They didn't try to stop anyone and for the point, the one panther left. The other had a certificate to be there. He was actually part of the security for the polls. Of course you miss that don't you.
    You probably also missed the white security guy that was also try to keep the press back and etc, but they didn't bother to interview him.

    November 4, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  3. Douglas

    I find it amazing that the Black Panthers at PA weilding nightsticks did not make news but someone playing a radio did. Media biased much?!

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

    How on earth do these comments get by moderators?

    November 4, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  5. Imani

    LoL. That is so wrong, funny, but wrong.

    November 4, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  6. Mama4Obama

    All the white folks are voting for Obama!... And there are no more Black Panters.... oh, so ignorant....I'm sorry...

    November 4, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  7. jeff

    Yeah, what about it, he was asked to leave.

    November 4, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  8. Steve Palmer

    Martin,

    Real journalists are not covering that staged hoax.

    November 4, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  9. Nate

    And where is your evidence of that, Mr. Martin?

    November 4, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    fact check: unsubstantiated bs. the black panthers have been done for over 30 years

    November 4, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  11. D

    That is not racist according to them. Only if it don against them.

    November 4, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  12. stanley

    that was a rumor and never founded or with photo evidence. check ur facts

    November 4, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  13. Gary

    You can't say that can you? It's a racial thing. Bad white person, shame on you.

    November 4, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  14. daniel

    fact check: unsubstantiated bs. the black panthers have been done for over 30 years

    November 4, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  15. John

    What about the Black Panther members in Philly? They were escorted away by police. One small case, This article talks about at least three.

    November 4, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  16. Balanced

    Wow Martin, you're obviously extremely intelligent and well informed...not. Is your cloak clean and ready?

    November 4, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  17. R. Cletus

    where in god's name were you voting in Philly?! I saw nothing of the sort. it was actually a rather splendid and celebratory experience.

    November 4, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  18. sarah

    What about the hundreds of UVA students who were not able to vote because of false registrations?

    November 4, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  19. Jeff

    And you saw that when?

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

    Only Republicans use voter suppression as an election tatic. Democrats, on the other hand, are enthusiastic supporters.

    November 4, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  21. Robthesecond in Dallas

    martin November 4th, 2008 8:13 pm ET

    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?

    You are right Martin they should have got out the fire hoses and attack dogs too!! After all, turnabout is fair play!

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

    Martin, I am suprised your comment was posted here. CNN seems to only post news that sides with their opinion anymore. It's a sad day when CNN no longer presents unbiased news to the public.

    November 4, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  23. Frank

    The Philadelphia incident was already reported. The police allegedly removed the person with the night stick.

    November 4, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  24. Christine CT

    where did my comment go?
    Rush Limbaugh? I'm nauseas now. Maybe he'll relapse and get out of the business of hate for good.

    November 4, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  25. Bob from Philly

    Hey martin, How about some proof before ignorant allegations

    November 4, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
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