October 27th, 2008
08:43 PM ET
11 years ago

NAACP sues Virginia governor over Election Day preparations


Watch Dan Lothian's report about the Virginia lawsuit.

(CNN) - The Virginia branch of the NAACP sued Gov. Tim Kaine and state election officials on Monday, claiming that the state is "inadequately prepared" for the record number of voters expected to turn out in next week's presidential election.

The complaint, filed Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Richmond, says state officials have not set up enough polling sites to keep up with the turnout.

"The allocation of polling place resources is plainly irrational, non-uniform and likely discriminatory," the suit states.

It cites the 2004 presidential election, arguing that too few polling places in Virginia at the time led to long lines and forced some voters to turn away.

"To adhere stubbornly to inadequate levels of resources in the face of the increased registration and increased turnout will result in a meltdown on Election Day," the suit says. "Voters will face even longer lines than existed in 2004, and many more voters will lose their right to vote in this Presidential election than in the last."

Kaine's office confirmed receiving the lawsuit Monday, saying Virginia's Board of Elections will respond to it in court.

Kaine is "confident that the Board of elections is taking the appropriate steps to mitigate lines on Election Day," said Delacey Skinner, a spokeswoman for the governor.

Filed under: Virginia • Voter Problems
soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. AUC

    Please VOTE Early!!!!

    Obama/Biden 08/12!!!!

    October 28, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  2. Tariq

    hurriCAIn PALIN, is voting for Obama going to be like the regret you have for voting for Bush and then having 9/11 happen on his watch, followed by a botched war in Iraq, then a disastrous Katrina, and finally the worst economic crisis since the great depression?? Anything like that? Because if Obama even remotely resembles that...then you shouldn't be too upset voting for him.

    October 28, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  3. Joe the Marketer

    In case VA is close, Obama and his campaign are already thinking of a way to cry discrimination. This whole campaign has been about not saying anything negative about a black man running for President.
    Any negative comment is considered racism. CNN please post this unless you're in Obama's camp too.

    October 28, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  4. Pat Canada

    "Here we go", what do you mean already threatening their CIVL RIGHTS have been violated? This is common sense. If you know a tornado or hurricane is coming you prepare for the surge. It's the human thing to do. When there are record registrants voting this year, there is a avalanche politically/democratically coming and it is a RIGHT that should be protected for ALL citizens period. Asking for your basic right to be acknowledged is NOT a THREAT its a RIGHT. I don't know why this is even going to court. It's a no brainer but all you hear are these election 'irregularities' with the system that officials are ill equiped to handle. This is the real violation here. Not all the other mumble jumble about ACORN. Where is this Zimbabwe? FIX IT.

    October 28, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  5. That One won

    If America vote for McCain, then we deserve whatever comes next

    October 28, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  6. Moon Maiden from Lake Michigan

    The voting situation in the Us is a mess and because the Repbuks have a hard time accepting a lose

    October 28, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  7. So much for bringing people together

    I see a discriminatory charge in the article with absolutely no explanation what-so-ever of how any race is being discriminated against because they may have to wait in a line to vote. I realize it is the NAACP so it's quite obvious what race is "claiming" to be discriminated against, but based off this article, I'm not getting how. Is this article badly written, or did the lawsuit not give any better details?

    October 28, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  8. shawn in atlanta

    Between this and the disgrace that is the DL Hughley show on CNN...why are Black people at the last minute trying to sabotage the election for Obama?

    October 28, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  9. Adrian

    It is so disheartening to see and hear of all the irregularities in the electorial system.
    To say that it's the greatest and most democratic country in the world and have a system that is heard of only in third world countries is apalling.
    With all the wealth in technology and resourses it is difficult to imagine that there are so many discrepancies with Machines and ballots. All the wealth of experience in conducting Elections over so many years it's hard to imagine that today it cannot be conducted without so many flaws and voter fraud.
    Is there going to be controversy each time elections are held? And to think that representatives are sent to other countries to conduct and examine their elections. How long will this go on for the sake of democracy?

    October 28, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  10. Voting anything but Republocrat

    If you care little enough about voting to let a long line stop you, good riddance. If you can't handle standing in line for awhile there's a real good chance you didn't put in the effort to responsibly educate yourself on history and issues so that you actually understand the choices you're making beyond the drive-thru partisan hackery and the microwave-for-2-minutes politics of the media age. Thousands of people have died in the past 2+ centuries to give you the right to stand in line. Grow up and quit being such a bunch of crybabies.

    October 28, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  11. JNC, California

    Voted today by absentee ballot!!Get out and vote early, if you can!!! Barack the Vote 2008/2012

    October 28, 2008 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  12. "Va For Obama"

    I'm in Rich, Va, and not all of Va has early voting.

    October 28, 2008 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  13. Gireesh

    I voted absentee in Va. 🙂

    October 28, 2008 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  14. TheFabFal

    What does Tim Kaine's political affiliation have to do with his reporting of the news. Surely most of you (Hopeful and Ashley) are turning in religiously to Fox News who are clearly RNC supporters, but I'm sure that doesn't keep you from changing the channel. Truth is truth, the "real" VA is attempting to make voters feel distraught and turn away. Clearly. Not about who's reporting the news.

    October 28, 2008 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  15. Kd

    Makes sense the polls need to be open later especially in northern Virginia since so much of the population would have trouble getting back from work by 7 when polls would normally close

    October 28, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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