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. thed Weller

    @least somebody is doing something! We can't let "them" take this one away!

    October 27, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  2. No Hillary = No Obama

    This is just one more way to get "their man" Obama elected. Let's talk about ACORN and now voter registration fraud in Colorado and it isn't the Republicans doing it. Two words: McCain Upset.

    October 27, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  3. Informed Voter in FL

    Kaine is my pal ...... but NAACP has did right in suing him .... less polling sites .. mean less votes .. especially minorities ... who will come out in droves for Obama .....

    October 27, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  4. lkinopfl

    I live in Florida and we had early voting and thank God for that. I can't imagine being in one of those states where everyone in the state has to vote in 1 day??? How are they going to ensure that every voter gets into the booths if there aren't enough booths or hours in that 1 day to accommodate all the people? Why can't they allow early voting there as they did here in Florida? Why does it take so much red tape just to make a change like this. I think it should be more consistent the voting process across the nation. It should be Federal law and not an individual state law that all states should allow early voting. I hope that all of the Virginians get their votes in. I just hate to think that some people will be turned away when they made the effort to vote, but because there just weren't enough booths and not enough time they were turned away and their voices weren't heard. Every vote should be counted!!!

    October 27, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  5. Iona

    I'll wait and see what the state does but this might be taking it a bit far considering Virginia Governor Tim Kaine is one of the first Obama For America supports and still remains one of its strongest supporters.

    October 27, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  6. Yes!!!!

    That is the right thing to do-sue them! Make this Governor accountable for this state's actions. They will do the right thing this election year! I am convinced that not one weapon formed against this election will prosper! Turn every state blue on election day!!!!

    October 27, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  7. Peter of Oregon

    politically motivated?

    October 27, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  8. Canaman

    So much for the greatest democracy ?? Elections would be stolen again this year. Sad.

    October 27, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  9. Interested observer

    What is wrong with the USA? Get your voting house in order! Su,rely after the fiasco of 2000 and the fiercely contested election of 2004, you would have been prepared for a larger turnout this time around. Duh! People are angry and are hopeful of big changes on the horizon. Voter suppression should be avoided at all costs!!!

    October 27, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  10. Kevin

    This problem will be fixed in the morning. Gov. Kane is far from being Bias. A win for Obama in VA, is a win for everyone.

    October 27, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  11. John in WV

    Florida 2000-–Virginia 2008

    October 27, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  12. TX Vet

    I can see this as a real problem nationwide for this election. Here in Austin, Texas there have been long lines for early voting all over Travis County. Let's support voting for everyone.

    October 27, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  13. Ex-Republican For Obama

    It has begun. Republicans in Ohio, Virginia and Colorado are all targeting democratic demographics to systematically stifle the voice of America and reduce our nation to a mere dictatorship. They are in full swing with the new plan, which is to eliminate the votes of those voting for Obama.

    It will call for revolution if they continue to do this. WE ARE THE PEOPLE! You will let us vote, or there WILL be a revolution!

    Give us liberty, or give us death! We will not let you keep us silent! This is OUR nation, not yours. We will take it back by force or we will take it by court. You should pray we choose the latter!

    October 27, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  14. Georgia Girl

    I waited over 7 hours today to vote and every race waited. I don't think the NAACP should get involved in that and I'm saying that as a member.

    October 27, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  15. NC for Obama

    Good job – in this election we need to make sure everyone who has the right to vote gets to vote.

    The Republicans are already setting up voter fraud and suppression in the battleground states. As we know they will do anything to win. We need to keep our democracy safe from these criminals.

    Vote early if you can and take anyone who needs help to the polls to vote. Go to the minority polling places and make sure no one is denied their right to vote. Report it immediately if you see voters being turned away. We must keep this election fair and honest.

    Haven't we just seen in the past few weeks that the Republican VP candidate has been convicted of ethics violations and abuse of power? Yet, she is stil out there acting like her conviction means nothing. I don't vote for liars and criminals.

    McCain and Palin = Fear and Smear

    Obama/Biden = Hope, Real Plans to help ALL Americans, and Integrity, Character and Leadership

    Get the vote out and let's put the most qualified and intelligent men in the White House – Barack Obama and Joe Biden!!

    October 27, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  16. hurriCAIN PALIN

    'for the record number of voters expected to turn out in next week's presidential election."

    that record number will be from ACORN, nobamas frauds.

    October 27, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  17. disinfranchisedblogger

    Never see print.C=contaminated logic.N=nasty comments only.N=no way no how.It is very hard to believe you are the same news service I was so proud of in the first Gulf War.How much did you sell your integrity for?

    October 27, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  18. Tariq

    If you can't put out more voting sites, extend election day to more than two...extend early-voting hours before Nov 4th from 8 to 12!! why are we still struggling with getting votes out in a democracy that is based on the idea of voting?

    While we're at it...what kind of democracy elects a president by winning electoral votes while losing the popular vote? I think winning the popular vote should be a requirement to winning the electoral vote.

    October 27, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  19. DOCS 3

    As we mention before, 'THESE "POLE TAX" MENTALITY PEOPLE WILL GET THEIR JUST DUE COME ELECTION DAY". "WE THE PEOPLE" will vote all those that believe that this "AMERICA" is the people's 'AMERICA'. That is why we are called "AMERICANS". It is not defined by color, religion or politics. It is defined behind that meaning of "FOR THE PEOPLE AND BY THE PEOPLE". Thanks to God that the people will have their say on election day. If we choose the old then as a country we may fall the same old way. They are some still around who lived the "Hoover" days. The same mentality caused, in part, the people's pain in those days.

    October 27, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  20. Rogue Palin

    uhhhh, this is a mistake by NAACP, Tim Kaine is a pretty decent politician and wants to make sure that all people have the right to vote.

    October 27, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  21. roger Woodward

    The Republican Governor of Virginia is obviously perpetuating a criminal act against the American right to a free vote under reasonable voting conditions. Surely, individual lawsuits can be perpetuated against his intransigence to address this issue in any reasonable manner. Can the steps he alleges to have taken, and the breed he represents elsewhere (eg Colorado) be examined by the media more closely and on a daily basis ?

    October 27, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  22. Lyle

    The Republicans are sooo corrupt. Idoubt I'll ever vote for another one again. After what I have seen and heard in this election, I'm convienced that all Republicans are stirred in the same pot.

    October 27, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  23. Bill Charlotte,NC

    Well these idiots just gave Virginia to McCain!

    October 27, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  24. JILL

    Well this Governonr is a republican afterall. What the heck did you expect? Just another typical Republican!

    October 27, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  25. Charlie Bradley

    I agree with the NAACP. I THINK EVERY state should have x number of voting precincts and machines per every 1000 people in the state-registered to vote or not, to avoid long lines and being rushed when voting.

    GO OBAMA !!!!!!

    October 27, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
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