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. Texas Teacher

    BRAVO to the NAACP! Finally someone is speaking out about Republican duplicity! They got away with this last election, they need to be called on it this time. And legality is the way to go. It should be illegal to cheat people of the RIGHT to VOTE! Pure and simple!

    October 27, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  2. twintuitive

    what a bunch of whiny babies. get out and volunteer instead of complaining about the lack of resources and placing a frivilous lawsuit on our beloved governor. you should be ashamed.

    October 27, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  3. Kim

    Shouldn't you state "OUR" civil rights? You do realize that all of us have them don't you? You do realize that in bringing about this lawsuit that "VOTERS' will be on the receiving end?

    October 27, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  4. ginger

    Well good for the NAACP. African Africans marched, fought for and some died for the right voted. No repeat of 2004.

    All Voices to be heard on Nov 4th.

    October 27, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  5. Matt

    @Here We Go

    u just helped us beat u

    October 27, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  6. 4akinderworld

    If he pulls it out, it will most likely be thanks to the help of the American people rigging the voting machines.

    And, yeah, if the polling places are arranged so that there are significantly fewer in black neighborhoods than in white, I'd say that was adequate reason for question.

    I'm white, and if McCain wins this one, I'll be right in their hollering about MY civil rights being violated.

    October 27, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  7. 4akinderworld

    Not a good late-night speller.
    Meant to type "I'll be right in THERE hollering..."

    October 27, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  8. dustin

    hopefully when the dems get into office one of their top priorities will be cleaning up this election process and keeping thing like florida 2000 and ohio 2004 from happening any more, we can't keep allowing republicans to purge 10's of thousands of voters from states that they're afraid to lose in.

    October 27, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  9. Matt

    State government must do everything possible to avoid this election being settled in court. No matter which side you are on, we must admit that the Florida 2000 mess didn't help our country. We must make sure everyone can vote quickly and easily.

    October 27, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  10. Michael

    okay what is going on here? why have we not seemed to learn in this country when it comes to holding elections, more so after 2000 and 2004, I for one am tired of reading about the problems in this election. Time for a national ID system for all citizens, which then can me used to vote in elections, not need to registered, you use your National ID as being eligible to vote in an election.

    October 27, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  11. Fraud Everwhere

    The NAACP is trying to figure out how to turn a total of 13 million blacks eligible to vote into 40 million. They will get it done. We'll probably find out after the election that blacks now outnumber whites in this country.

    October 27, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  12. twintuitive

    speaking of whiny babies, those McCain supporters.......lordy i can hear them now, throwing a big whiny temper-tantrum when Obama wins. But, i guess it will be okay because they sure did give me a hard time about my whining over the pointless war in Iraq, the terrible treatment of our troops, the mismanagement of one of our nations worst natural disasters, the tax-cuts for the wealthy while my family struggles, the alienation of the entire muslim world for no intelligent reason ($$$), the lying to and manipulation through fear-mongering of our citizens, and wah-wah-wah, i could go on forever about the failures of the GOP, but i'll just suck it up and be happy that change is finally here to save our great nation. if you support the GOP please don't be bitter and hateful when Obama takes office. we all just want peace and happiness, and a good life for our children.

    October 27, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  13. Rj5000

    Is it true, the reason Sarah Palin won't release her medical records is because she has breast implants?

    October 27, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  14. Portlanders

    Rather than suing, perhaps, NAACP should volunteer to help fix the problem. That goes for the rest of America.

    It's our country, help it.

    October 27, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  15. Bill,ca

    McCains spendings will amount to 5 trillion. He will go to his marxist friends in china and get the money there.

    Vote Obama / Biden 08 not for the corrupt republicans.

    October 27, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  16. Voter supression is real

    Ask any political science professor.

    It's just very difficult to prove.

    Besides, why would any Republican argue in favor of long lines? Unless you're trying to supress votes, you would not mind having many polling booths.

    October 28, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  17. Brian

    Has anyone noticed that most of the pro-Mccain bloggers have a real problem with basic grammer.

    October 28, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  18. No Xmas for me in Michigan

    You can smell the desperation from the RNC. Anything to stay in power.

    October 28, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  19. Ethan of NJ

    I hope they open up more election precincts. That would help things run much more smoothly without line congestions that would jeopardize voters' voices.

    October 28, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  20. From the North

    It is pitiful that a nation that considers itself the bastion of democracy has such pathetic election procedures. There are plenty of Western countries that manage their elections professionally and without scandal.

    Why not turn to Canada or England, for example, to learn how to conduct elections. American election procedures are worse than in some third-world countries! It's insane.

    October 28, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  21. RealEyes

    Who knows? Maybe this is a necessary step.

    October 28, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  22. NOTSO

    The NAACP has to grab a HEADLINE somewhere in this process.

    October 28, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  23. j

    Why is this coming up at the last minute? America can do better than this.

    October 28, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  24. Ashley in VA

    I agree with hopeful in hawaii...Tim Kaine is the national co-chair for the Obama campaign. And I believe Virginia is doing early voting...

    October 28, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  25. Listen to Our Children

    Obama seems to be taking a page from the G 'W' Bush 2000 election plus chapters from his 2004 slam

    Geez, hasn't Obama had his surrogates, Reid, Pelosi and Dean phone this one in about 20 months ago before they started slamming Hillary?

    If Obama wins, America loses. If McCain wins, what our fathers, mothers, teachers and employers over our lifetimes ...in that EXPERIENCE and proven leadership does matter..

    People, Listen to our Children – grow up Bloggers, and the best self proclaimed news organization in the country – CNN – While voters might love Obama, we hate our leadership, media and the way every 4 yrs, our constitutional right to vote is STOLEN.

    Listen to our Children and all of us PRAY that some day soon – one person, one vote will count once again. I'm for a constitutional amendment modification is allowing free speech to all of those except CNN, Reid, Dean and Pelosi who believed that Hillary should be silenced and a intellectual man, only 143 days in office with 191 'present' votes should win the highest office in the land

    I'll pray that some day the likes of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs or pray he lives in infamy – T. Boone Pickens or Mr. Bershire Hathway listens to our children and runs for the Presidency of the United States

    October 28, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
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