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. Tami

    Are you serious, Well I am black and feel he should have gotten billyclub.

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

    Violation of the no campaigning within 300 feet of a voting location??? What about the texting the Obama camp is doing? How many of those people are in line at the voting polls? How is that practice acceptable?

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

    If you vote based on race, you will get what you deserve.

    November 4, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  4. damon

    Good point. Us white people have been so oppressed not only at the polling booth, but in society as a whole. If they are doing something wrong call the police. Can we please try to now play this us and them game that has caused the divisive nature in our country.

    November 4, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Why is the media pushing Obama over McCain

    November 4, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  6. John

    What about the alleged Black Panther? Were they needed? Was there any Klu Klux Klan???? Or the likes aka confederate flag waving hateful white robes with dunce hats.....good old boys??? How about the Grand Old Punks that got educated and learned how to manipulate the computer chips in the voter machines? Who taught u to hate? Go smack them......shame on U!!!!

    November 4, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  7. CJ

    Martin says "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?"

    So exactly where is/was this polling place in Philly? I'm not doubting your claim, but think you should offer proof of your claim. If it is true then it should be prosecuted fully. Otherwise let's not spread false claims.

    November 4, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  8. susie

    agreed martin, since when is physical intimidation acceptable? why has are the authorities ignoring that type of "electoral suppression"?

    November 4, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  9. kelly

    Ya sure it wasnt an umbrella?

    November 4, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  10. anti-obama

    they are just trying to get Obama to win by suppressing the polls!
    McCain doesn't need cheaters!

    November 4, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  11. edmond dantes

    the police were there to protect us from republican operatives

    November 4, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  12. Hark

    Well, it was two people, one with a night stick (asked to leave), the other one (yes a black panther) but a legitimate member of the 14th ward democratic committee. The Black Panther's do not endorse either candidate.

    November 4, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  13. Alicia

    Andy: Are you suggesting that the media should suppress news stories that could enhance negative feelings?

    November 4, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  14. Mr G

    It is happen everywhere , here in NY there were a few white guys dressed up like muslins trying to intimidate African American Voters.

    November 4, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  15. vanessa

    what about obamas boys the panthers in penn? they didn't make them leave left them there to intimidate voters

    November 4, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  16. Adrienne

    As it turns out, that appears to be a hoax, Martin. In fact, FOX itself debunked it. Next?

    Cheers
    A

    November 4, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  17. Tami

    Well you know what Kevin, the white hooded crew in South Carolina also should have gotten billyclub and monkey-knuckled along with the man in Philadelphia. Hell, anyone, crew, or group intimidating others during voting should be billyclub and monkey-knuckled to the ground.

    November 4, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  18. Amanda

    Martin your a dumb a$$!
    that didnt even happen!

    It's called a rumor sweety!

    November 4, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  19. SR

    The Philly issue is on You Tube.

    November 4, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  20. Btta

    Thank you it seems the press is afraid to look racist i watched the black panther problem to c if anybody said anything but they were all cowards but i am not so if the black cats start a racist thing in my town they will be treated as thugs and will be put down

    November 4, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  21. Jones

    What is the point to all of this finger pointing! I voted for McCain, but if Obama wins, it is a very historic moment for our country.

    November 4, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  22. African

    I am flabbergasted at the racism I have experienced in your country today. I have lived here for 10 years and this is the first time that people showed their true colors. I left my country of birth because of the racism there but I am thinking I need to move to Canada after feeling that familiar feeling of disgust

    November 4, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  23. NL

    The number of frightened, conspiracy-theorist, doomsayer, hallucinating people on this board is unbelievable. We have a looooong way to go in this country. Idiocy is rewarded by Presidents like GWB, unfortunately.

    November 4, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  24. Mike

    CNN was reporting the black panther story around 2:00 p.m. today. So that is were Martin got it from, it was breaking News. Nice to see you folks writing in are so unbiased..biased!!

    November 4, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  25. Victor

    Using the electoral college as a voting system does not coincide with the will of the people. Your vote does not count for anything.

    November 4, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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