October 30th, 2008
02:34 PM ET
14 years ago

NAACP stands down over Virginia election prep

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/30/art.palinnv1030.ap.jpg caption="Gov. Sarah Palin campaigned in Fredericksburg, Virginia on Monday."]
(CNN) – The Virginia NAACP’s lawsuit alleging lack of sufficient preparation for Tuesday’s election is on hold, CNN has learned.

The civil rights group has withdrawn its request for a preliminary injunction that would have required the federal government to step in and take over administration of next week’s election - including extending voting hours and reallocating voting machines.

The request for federal intervention was withdrawn after Virginia state officials provided new information about its preparations for what is expected to be record turnout across the state next Tuesday.

In a press release issued Thursday, the Virginia State Board of Elections detailed significant increases in resources since the last presidential election.

“Since 2004, nearly 300 additional polling places have been added or changed” to help alleviate long lines, the statement said. The state is also set to deploy 30,000 people to act as poll workers or alternates and, since 2004, Virginia has increased the number of voting machines by 77 percent – from 5,989 to 10,600.

Virginia has already received more than 310,000 absentee ballots for next week’s election, a figure that represents more than the total number of absentee ballots cast in 2004, according to the state board’s release.

The Virginia NAACP has not formally dismissed its lawsuit but the group tells CNN it has no plans to pursue the case. The group filed the lawsuit earlier this week out of concern that areas in the state with significant African-American populations had not been allocated sufficient resources to have a smooth voting process next Tuesday.


Filed under: Virginia • Voter Problems
soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. Commonwealth of Virginia

    It doesn't make a difference as long as the votes get counted and everyone who is eligible to vote does. Virginia will be BLUE.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 30, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. Commonwealth of Virginia

    They actually plan to have security and police at the polling stations in Virginia. There will be no cheating going on here in the Commonwealth.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 30, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Franky

    You know guys, expect HUGE numbers on election day...I mean BIG!

    Don't be surprised if it takes the whole night AND morning to get every vote counted.

    I haven't been this exciting since the Cubs lost in the postseason...

    Hold on guys, better make sure some of the boys ain't here who are Cubs fans, LOL!!

    October 30, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. Proud to be American

    Every American has the right to vote ..... no vote shall be surppressed and all votes must be counted..... please NAACP ensure this happen!

    October 30, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. KAREN - TIRED OF Palin / McCain and JOE WHOMEVER THE HELL HE IS...

    Good job NAACP because we all remember Florida. It's amazing how the voting machines are own by Republicans in some states.. So guess who knows the machines better than the owners... Just a thought!

    People let's get out and vote. We have a chance to make a change.

    Karen.

    October 30, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. Accountant Guy

    Good, maybe we can actually have a fair election there. Get out and Barack the Vote America!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 30, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Good!

    Now vote, and stand in line for as long at it takes. Barack has proven himself to the American people, now it is up to us.

    Obama 08!

    October 30, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. Bob Indianapolis IN

    This is one elction that Rove and the punks at the RNC aren't going to steal! And you can take that to the bailed-out bank!

    October 30, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. THE US OF WHAT?

    Great NAACP now go all over the USA not just Virginia, go to GEORGIA, FLORIDA, OHIO, NC, ETC.............................

    October 30, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Well, in a way, you can't blame the NAACP considering all the problems that came up in Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004.

    October 30, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. fella from Chicago

    Must have been told their candidate is ahead in the early absentee balloting.

    October 30, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. Desmond Sequeira

    Boy! These absurd voting problems in a country that claims to be morally superior and technically more advanced than the rest of the world????
    PLEASE MAKE SURE THE GOP DOES NOT PREVENT PEOPLE FROM VOTING. The situation STINKS!
    I hope both parties are properly represented to SCRUTINIZE the counts!!!

    October 30, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. LyonsPhilly

    That's right, don't let the Republican scoundrels get away with stealing this election. You know they're not to be trusted......

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 30, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. KLEE

    Dear bloggers – I "borrowed" this from another commenter – great thought from a great leader:

    "Corporations have been enthroned …. An era of corruption in high places will follow and the money power will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people… until wealth is aggregated in a few hands … and the Republic is destroyed."

    – Abraham Lincoln

    October 30, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. Marc in Virginia

    Even though it hasn't been a fair contest ($150 million last month???!), I prefer Obama to McCain (slightly) but not enough that I'll stand in line for 3 hours.

    October 30, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    So why is stupid Palin's picture attached to this story? What's it got to do with her?

    October 30, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. Christine CT Ind.

    Get out and VOTE! Don't take it for granted!
    OBAMA/BIDEN

    October 30, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. JJ

    Good they are paying attention to the needs of the voters and also making sure that everyone cast their vote for Obama.

    October 30, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. tulsa

    The only thing that matters is everyone gets to vote and have that vote counted.

    October 30, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. Phil in VA

    God forbid cheating in VA. ACORN was still TROLLING door to door just this week. Isn't it too late to register? Hmmm, the NAACP needs to think before they cast the first stone.

    October 30, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  21. seah

    LOL

    Obama must be in the lead.

    Other wise that Junction would have been slapped in to insure, That there was extra time to make it happen if he was not.

    Wake up America.

    Shows Exactly how they use and Abuse The system to get what they want. Not that it is happening.

    Is it legal to leak out Election totals early?

    October 30, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. dizizi31

    Virginia the new Florida

    October 30, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. John from SC

    Hmmm... a RED state getting ready to go BLUE is having voting problems.... Hmmm.... wonder if the current RED leadership is getting scared.

    October 30, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  24. ANGIE

    Just count all of the Votes Im so afraid Mccain is gonna steal this Election! it gives me Anixety Attacks thinking about it!

    October 30, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. steve

    STILL NEED TO EXTEND VOTING FOR TWO HOURS!!

    October 30, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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