November 4th, 2008
08:03 PM ET
6 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. david

    The Philly thing is proven to be trumped up.

    November 4, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    it's on youtube

    November 4, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  3. Nathan

    There will always be radicals on both sides trying to force their opinion on others. I don't see how this is really shocking news since I'm willing to bet people on both sides are doing it.

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

    What about them? What about the National Guard being called into certain states? Who how do you think I feel when cops see me and think riot. Just do the right thing and everything will be cool. God Bless

    November 4, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  5. Kay

    That's BS and you know it Martin.

    November 4, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  6. edmond dantes

    sorry martin, it's not a race thing it's a bush thing.

    November 4, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  7. kevin

    What about the white hooded crew standing outside a polling station in South Carolina?.

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

    Martin, why immediately deflect onto another issue in another state? Voter intimidation, wherever it happens, needs to be dealt with swiftly and with force.
    The only concern I have is when people like the above poster "Martin" want to investigate voter intimidation ONLY when it happens to hurt "their" candidate.

    November 4, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  9. MICK

    BLACK PANTHERS!!! MAN ARE YOU STUCK IN 1960. YOU REPUBLICANS CAN COME UP WITH A BETTER STORY THAN THAT.NO WONDER YOU ARE LOSING. HATE MONGERS.

    November 4, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  10. too many cops ? are you kidding me ?

    The republicans will stop at nothing to steal this election. First people in the hood complain there are never police around when you need them, now they are there and people complain that it is a right wing conspiracy.

    Does anyone else think this is crazy ?

    November 4, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  11. mike

    who cares philly is obama country anyways, and im a mccain supporter.

    November 4, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  12. Justice

    I am praying, hoping and think that in 2008 The state of Virginia has with all of its technological advances, college educated and age people and people of all races and color would have enough courage to put those old demons of racial divide and prejudice in the grave and forever bury them and embrace a more unified front as Human beings and Americans first, and also proud Virginians. I am living in a obviously racist county Chesterfield. There is so much backwards thinking and Ideaology ,I cant see where any of my neighbors who are of the caucasian race has ever tried to reach out to us we are about 3 families on a block of mostly elderly white people. they wont even speak! Sad is not the word. We will keep them and VA in Prayer!

    November 4, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  13. Cheryl

    It is being investigated like all the others. Calm down.

    November 4, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  14. Johnny

    The comments I have been seeing about the election make me realize how real and deep the racism still is in US. This is very sad since US is the leading country in th world.

    November 4, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  15. Dylan

    This isn't surprising. I think we all expected some suppression in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida.

    What about them, Martin? There have been no voter complaints about the Panthers. Fox did some investigating and apparently the Panther is just a member of security, and is designated to be where he is.

    November 4, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  16. harry

    What about it?

    November 4, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  17. Goldbricker

    "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?"

    Philadelphia isn't in Virginia.

    November 4, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  18. stanley

    It's sad when comments have to turn ignorant and racist. Sounds like some people are scared for change.

    November 4, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  19. JM

    Wow. Suppression from having too many policemen at the polling booths? Are you kidding me???!!! No, I'm not falling for this. There is absolutely no way that someone would be dumb enough to consider "over presentation [sic] of law enforcement" as voter suppression. It's impossible. And as for the Rush thing, that argument is equally ridiculous. Playing a political commentator's radio show next to a voting booth might constitute a violation of state voting laws, but by no stretch of the imagination (even loony liberal CNN's) does it constitute voter suppression.

    P.S. To CNN Mgmt – Ever wonder why your network can't hang in the ratings? Well, here's your answer.

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

    The Black Panther party hasn't been around since 1970. Just don't blindly believe everything you hear. You probably believed that woman who said someone carved a B on her face. Morons.

    November 4, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  21. SP

    What about the flyers distributed around Philadelphia advising anyone with outstanding parking tickets not to try to vote or they would be arrested?

    November 4, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  22. Tom K

    I love that a police presence somehow counts as "suppression". Over-campaigning is illegal, and needs to be stopped, but it isn't "suppression" either

    November 4, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  23. ANON

    What happened to the privacy curtain? At Varina High School, the machines were out in the open and someone looking over your shoulder as you tried to place your vote. That stinks!

    November 4, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    What else is new? The Republicans are being shown for who they are, and what a truly crooked lot they have always been! You don't see the Democrats being accused of voter suppression, or stupid tactics at the polls do you????? GO OBAMA, GO BIDEN !!!

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

    what about leaving your racial prejudices aside

    November 4, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
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