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The civil rights group has withdrawn its request for a preliminary injunction that would have required the federal government to step in and take over administration of next week’s election -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The request for federal intervention was withdrawn after Virginia state officials provided new information about its preparations for what is expected to be record turnout across the state next Tuesday.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

    CNN, why would you show Palin photo with this story? The NAACP does not support racists hate mongers.

    October 30, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Florida 2000
    Ohio 2004
    It had better not be Virginia or Pennsylvania 2008

    Watch like a hawk – if this one get stolen by the repubs, there will be trouble all over the country. Too many people are too angry already.

    I voted early to be sure my vote counts for Obama/Biden

    Wish all people in all states had the same opportunity.

    October 30, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. NoMcSame

    Change Virginia blue and toss the reds out.
    Obama can synchronize the split-second shift from national programming to a live rally in Florida and hit the mark within a second. McCain can't get a loser unlicensed tax-dodger to a rally. There you have it, America.

    October 30, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Charlie Bradley

    To EVERYONE VOTING between now and the evening of November 4

    GET TO THE Polling place well in advance of closing time. If you're still in line at closing time, you get to vote but no one else can come in after closing time

    TAKE YOUR TIME in bubbling in your circles, tapping the screens, or punching the cards, whichever you state uses. DON'T give your election board any reason to call foul.

    DON'T LET your state come to a tie vote!!!!! Don't give the repuplican party any hint of an idea of an upper hand.

    WATCH ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT for Palin's interview with Mary Hart...if Mary Hart can have her for lunch the way Couric and Gibson did, then I think that will pretty much say everything that needs to be said


    October 30, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. My Vote!

    I am so sick and tired of Obama supporters stating "that McCain supporters need to do their research..." or instructing us about our own personal state of wealth.

    Perhaps, some of us actually like Bush (yes, we fall within that 23%), which is still a large number nationally.

    Perhaps, we respect John McCain and feel safe with him in the White House!

    Perhaps, we are comfortable financially and our lives are stable.

    Perhaps, we HAVE done our research, and we are comfortable with our findings.

    Perhaps, I am educated, have a degree and am employed.

    Note, I say NOTHING negative about Obama, though PLEASE don't insult me by telling me how to do research or how to vote.

    Voting is VERY personal.

    October 30, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. sal

    Obama has won

    The same way hillary beat obama in ohio and California

    Early voting favors Obama. McCain will climb in some polls and still loose the race because of the early voting magin / deficit he will have to make up.

    Obama Biden have won, and it will be anounce early this year.

    Shays was right about McCain running a dirty camp. The american people will send McCain again back to the senate.

    John looses again! lol

    October 30, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. Jessica

    In response to "Palin has more experience than Obama"... it is not a joke when there the election system is set up to favor only certain socio-economic groups. This is not what democracy stands for and is truly ANTI-AMERICAN. You, my friend, are a total idiot!

    October 30, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. MR E

    Folks please dont mess this up for Obama, Virginians are already with him OK. Let me go get me some red wine and chicken wings with hot sauce ready for tuesday night victory celebration .

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008.

    October 30, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. C A

    Interesting article.

    But I don't know why you had to ruin it by having a picture of Pailn with the article. Come to think of it why did you have a picture of Palin next to the article? The artilce was about the NAACP lawsuit regarding Virginia voting preparations. No mention of Palin in the story.

    It seems you guys like to post pictures of Palin everywhere even when she has nothing to do with the content of the artilce or story. What gives? A litte free publicity perhaps for the moose lady?

    October 30, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. jm for sc

    Why is Palin's picture in this article? She is hardly a representative for the NAACP.

    October 30, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. Lester Bangs

    Why is Sarah Palin's pictue on this article?

    October 30, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. jaye

    Why does this have a picture of Palin?????
    Anyway, why is JOhn McCain allowing the plumber guy to campaign for him when it's been proven he's a tax cheat and a liar and has no knowledge of the issues?????? He is just another dangerous man (listen to his Israel comments) out to help the republicans spread their lies and hate.
    I thought CNN had more dignity than to give so much press to this man and his words....words that are very dangerous and could cause serious consequences.

    October 30, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. vahe

    another GOP fraud

    October 30, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. bruce

    Why is Palin's picture here...she has nothing to do with the NAACP....

    October 30, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. Is America Stupid?

    That is what the Democrats must think. Everytime they lose- there must be some right wing conspiracy, or it must be racism. Is this the party you want in power America?
    Don't vote for Ovomit.

    October 30, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. Steven, NM

    Sarah is the biggest joke. But I'll say one thing. The next time we will be looking out for stealth VPs that have not been vetted. I'm so proud of all Americans, both Republicans and Democrats. They decided Sarah was a gimmick, which she is, and they said "Thanks, but no thanks".

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 30, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. Lisa Brennan

    The republican party's new face~ Palin/Joe the Plummer 2012 is revolting the centerist portion of the party. Notice how many have taken positions distanting themselves from Palin? McCain should try to salvage his soul so that he can live out the rest of his life in his 7 homes, all of which may be in blue states, except of course if he owns one in Alaska. As Marxist history goes, civilization goes from primal communism ( hunting, gathering) to barbarism, to slavery to feudalism to socialism tand back to communism, which is a philosphy, wherein, the means of production is owned by the state and when people have evolved out of the greed and corruption mood. Palin PLEASE go back to Alaska but Please give up hunting. WOrk to save your own soul by protecting the Polar bear and the wolf. Asof now, we don't know where Joe is.

    October 30, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. AM in VA

    I'm so sick of the Republican robocalls here in Virginia. My whole family's already voted for Obama three weeks ago.


    Obama/Biden '08

    October 30, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. Obama For President

    I'm wearing my Obama blue on Tuesday and I can't wait to celebrate. If McCain wins, I'll be sad, but life will have to go on.

    October 30, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. An American

    If Obama gets in WE WILL ALL BE BLUE.


    October 30, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. MIKE chicago

    NAACP and Gov palin...? Cnn pls correct this picture. Palin has never supported and not willing to support NAACP...Pls take the picture off.

    October 30, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. oumar bah



    October 30, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. Helen

    we are watching this election.

    October 30, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. Obama is a liar

    Uh Ran... Check your facts

    Support" is one way to put it. "Said I would opt into" is another. Asked last September on a questionnaire from the Midwest Democracy Network whether he would "participate in the presidential public financing system" if his "major opponents agree to forgo private funding in the general election campaign," Obama checked the box marked "yes," then outlined his vision for the 2008 contest. "In February 2007, I proposed a novel way to preserve the strength of the public financing system in the 2008 election," he wrote. "My plan requires both major party candidates to agree on a fundraising truce, return excess money from donors, and stay within the public financing system for the general election... If I am the Democratic nominee, I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election."

    He is a liar... putting it on paper is clear. that is what he did.. He is a liar.

    October 30, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. Dr Roy

    The same thing was tried in 200 in Missouri and Bush still won the election.

    October 30, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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