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The civil rights group has withdrawn its request for a preliminary injunction that would have required the federal government to step in and take over administration of next week’s election -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The request for federal intervention was withdrawn after Virginia state officials provided new information about its preparations for what is expected to be record turnout across the state next Tuesday.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. MR. CANADA

    We in Canada will be jealous of you guys in America when Obama becomes president. Very soon you will all have have high paying jobs and low taxes , huge houses , free health care and better education . And nothing ever to complain about again .

    October 30, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. President Barack Obama

    Virginians , We Need You To Come Out In Droves..... Bring your Momma, Daddy, Cousins Pooky & Ray Ray, Uncle Jon Boy, Paw Paw, Big Momma, Auntie Alice, Brothers & Sisters, Neighbors & Friends, Enemies.....You Get Picture

    Vote Obama/Biden Vote Obama/Biden Vote Obama/Biden

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    Barack Your Vote08!!

    October 30, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. Palin has more experience than Obama

    The NAACP is a joke.

    If (and I know it is a good size if) McCain wins the NAACP and O backers will be yelling it is stolen and due to race. That would be wrong, but we see it coming and will just shake our heads and hit the mute.

    October 30, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. THE WATCHER

    Keep em fair and honest.

    October 30, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Ellie in Aurora, CO

    Why is Palin's picture on this article? Does she have something to do with NAACP? Over the past few weeks, CNN as been steadily moving to the right. Not buying the "no bias, no bull". I used to be able to rely on CNN for unbiased reporting – between MSNBC and FOX – so am very concerned about the conservative swing here...

    October 30, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. JACKED-UP-POLITICS, FLORIDA

    I think Americans were better educated this election time around as to the SHADY-POLITICS that have plagued us in the past and Thank God for Obama and his campaign for putting it out there early so that voters from both sides would be aware of all the tactics that come with elections.

    October 30, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. Wayne, Greenville TX

    In every state, every registered voter has the right to cast a vote, and each vote must be counted. Period.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 30, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. ran

    People we need to vote in such #'s that there can be no doubt that Obama/Biden has won and so this election is not decided by a Republican leaning Supreme Court.

    Also, Obama did not lie about taking public finance. He said he would consider it. How many of us have told our children we would consider something and then not allow them to do it. So people like Campbell Brown and McCain stop telling lies about this and tell the truth.

    October 30, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. BM

    I still don't trust McCain. That's the only way Republicans can win is cheat! They will do anything to stay in power!

    October 30, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. Tom, KS

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    The Financial Times and now The Economist have both endorsed Obama for the presidency. Why is it none of the Main Stream Media outlets have covered this while allowing McShame and Failin to keep up their attack about Barack being a socialist. Clearly the top economic magazines in this country understand that that is simply not true and that Obama has the right plan to lead us into a more prosperous future. Please CNN start doing your job and call out McCain when he is clearly lying.

    October 30, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th

    lets go BLUE VIRGINIA VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN

    October 30, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. Sebastian, Baton Rouge, LA

    Great news for Virgina and wise decision by the NAACP.

    October 30, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. Joe the Voter

    McCain/Palin foreign policy at work.

    Thousands in Syrian capital protest U.S. cross-border strike!

    October 30, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. Obama/Biden 08

    Virginia is a done deal for Obama/Biden no doubt about that

    October 30, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. BM

    McCain has been brought up on charges and so has his running mate. Of all the things they have accused Obama of, he haS NEVER BEEN BROUGHT UP ON ETHICAL CHARGES!

    October 30, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. Dave

    The lawsuit is on hold because it's ridiculous. When are people going to get tired of everyone crying to the federal government? The state's in the Union should be able to handle this. The fed's constantly overstep their bounds too much as it is.

    October 30, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  17. carol

    Just as long as eveyone gets to vote, that is the main thing...no one should be deprived of their right to vote at all.
    We just want all the voters to vote and EVERY vote to count, this election is far too important this time.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 30, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. Greg M.

    Sarah Palin Please go away and take Mac Daddy Mcshame McCain with you and don't come back na ya hear. Hee Haw!!!!

    Obama 08'...................................................................

    October 30, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. Dave

    hey Commonwealth- there will be cheating and fraud in almost every state. Don't be naieve.

    October 30, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. Matt: honestly

    Is anyone else wondering why they have a picture of Palin when they are talking about the NAACP and she is not even mentioned in the article??

    October 30, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. Flo

    Great to finally get this straighten out.............................More machines mean more voter access. Thank you Gov. Kaine for making sure your state has all the necessary tools for Election day.

    P.S. NAACP keep vigilant so states are held accountable. VA is doing it right but bringing the lawsuit hightlight potential problems other states may be facing.

    October 30, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. A, Los Angeles

    Why is Sarah Palin's picture in this article?

    October 30, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. Zman

    Only smart people vote OBAMA, only dumbs and stupids people vote mccainpalin

    October 30, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. RS

    This joe the plumber gimick is getting old. From the looks of things, maybe he needs a 150,000 wardrobe upgrade as well. I guess when one is desperate, sling as much mud as possible as see what sticks. McCain, you are a disgrace!!

    October 30, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. From FLORIDA

    Why are we talking about ANYTHING other than Obama's 30 minute infomercial? Obama presents a sincere, intelligent and practical solution to the problems that we face. PLEASE watch it tonight, with your family. Then turn to the people you love. Turn to your children and your spouse and tell them one good reason why you are not going to vote for this man. I dare you.

    October 30, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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