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The civil rights group has withdrawn its request for a preliminary injunction that would have required the federal government to step in and take over administration of next week’s election -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The request for federal intervention was withdrawn after Virginia state officials provided new information about its preparations for what is expected to be record turnout across the state next Tuesday.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

    Palin palled around with a felon (stevens). Hey palin, you want to explain those illegal charges to pay for your klids travel and hotels? Did you learn that 'maverick' move from stevens or vice versa huh?

    October 30, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Obamafied Cheesehead

    Joe won't show up for pre-planned meetings, he’s afraid he'll get arrested for back taxes, he can only do surprise appearances. 4 more days and Palin will become a distant memory and no I am not ready for a 4 year nightmare. The old soldier will fade away in Arizona.

    October 30, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. A Republican from Texas for Obama

    CNN,
    I am so diappointed in your coverage this past week. I don't understand why Palin's picture is connected with this topic; also, I don't understand why we had to watch McSame for a full hour last night with Larry King and we couldn't watch Obama's 30 minute informercial. Is that "keeping them honest"???

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 30, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. Retired USN, Norfolk VA

    McCain is trying to rig the election using his wife millions. I'm sure it won't hurt her pocket at all

    October 30, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Still for Hill, but voting McCain

    Obama lied about taking public finance. He lied about where his money is coming from and even CNN has reported that 3/4 of his money is not coming from the small donors. Follow the money... It went straight from Bush to Obama.

    I don't expect McCain to win at this point. Obviously, the geniuses that voted for Bush have swung the other way.

    I voted for Gore, and then Kerry. Now I'll vote for McCain.

    And I'm really ashamed that people on these blogs would degrade someone who spent 5 years in a POW camp for the people of this country.

    The Jews of this country better find an exit strategy quick.

    October 30, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Jean, VA

    No America is not stupid. We just refuse to be duped again, as we were in 2000.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 30, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    excellent ! now let's get's this done !

    obama 08

    October 30, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. Breaking News

    McCain's speech @ ACORN headquaters ealier this yr praising them for their work…
    McCain's involvement with Rashid Khalidi? A republican committee headed by McCain funding projects up to $500,000.00 for the same Rashid Khalidi…
    McCains Involvement with G. Gordon Liddy (convicted of fraud), Cindy McCain (fraudently obtained prescription drugs), Charles Keating (convicted of fraud)
    McCains Involvement with New world order, radical black people killers, Sudanese extremist (genocide in Dafur)
    McCains Involvement with voters fraud through YPM
    McCain admitted recently on national TV that he “didn’t know her well at all” before he chose Palin

    There's more to come....stay tunned

    October 30, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. Nancy, OH

    Don't get excited Dems. Prepare to take longer than usual on election day because the lines will be longer. Barack is worth the wait because he will make a difference.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 30, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. Matt

    To "Is America Stupid?"

    First, yes...yes it is. For example, a recent poll just found that 23% of Texans are still convinced Obama is a Muslim. We don't need a poll to know that's 100% wrong. Second, perhaps if the evidence did not support the accusation that republicans frequently engage in voter suppression tactics, you'd have a leg to stand on with your argument, but facts dictate a different conclusion. Third, in light of the above, that really leaves you holding the dirty laundry when it comes to people claiming unfairness...you know, seeing as how your candidates think it is "unfair" for the news to report negative truths about McCain or ask Palin questions she should be able to answer if she's going to be a VP.

    October 30, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. MN Blue

    @My Vote! Here, here. I am a proud Obama supporter and not a fan of President Bush, but would love to see people who are comfortable, like yourself, not reduce our elections to name calling etc. The problem is, it goes this is not just Democrats ranting (go to FoxNews and see Republicans rant) and it comes from the candidates themselves. Until we take the "labels" off the candidates (D or R), we will have an electorate that defends their turf because his/her candidate does have a D or R. Most people don't know the facts about their own candidates and the only way to do that, is have them actually talk the talk instead of having us do the research.

    We are not a civilized nation. We are the laughing stock of follow the leader!

    October 30, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. Steve

    In the past few elections there have been significant "irregularities" aimed at specific neighborhoods and political loyalties. This time around, in addition to watching what the states are doing at the administrative level, legally, there are significant numbers of volunteers with cameras and cell phones, watching for further shenanigans.

    While the discussion of who is or isn't patriotic or "completely American" has gone on for months, if you are one of the people trying to prevent others from voting, it is about the most un-American thing you can do. I am hopeful that you will be caught, tried, and put in jail.

    October 30, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  13. Reply to: Is America Stupid?

    No, America is not stupid.
    Instructions for viewing the real America: Put down the mirrow.

    October 30, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  14. JoAnne, FL

    Does anyone else think Clinton was a little self-serving last night?

    I think I would like to say "thanks, but no thanks". Barack doesn't need their help. He can do just fine.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 30, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. Reply to: Is America Stupid?

    No, America is not stupid.
    Instructions for viewing the real America: Put down the mirror.

    October 30, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. NPA

    So will Sarah Palin's daughter give birth to that kid next month? Or will the baby somehow vanish? To me Palin's daughter look more like someone who had given birth under unfortunate conditions and who had not been given time to recuperate. She does not look pregnant. But will's see.

    October 30, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. Kirk

    Another Acorn state. It is about race. By the way commonwealth, do you feel good about selling out this country for a promised $ 500.00? When jobs are lost due to tax increases, prices on goods go up, small companies disapear etc. , who is going to foot the bill for you no job lazy breeders?

    October 30, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. Gloria - Minnesota

    I hope and pray that this election comes off smoothly! It will be a record turn-out–already is since so many are voting early! I wish we could in MN.

    Go Obama/Biden '08

    October 30, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. Michelle, PA

    This is probably a wise decision, although the third-world way we as a nation tend to handle our elections is honestly appalling. Save it for making sure the votes are counted – every vote, every race, every party.

    October 30, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. Please vote for Obama

    Cheaters never win, unless... it's the republicans. Our democracy is a joke. If the ATM can give people a receipt, why can't our voting machines?

    October 30, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  21. Don't Hate, Celebrate

    Dear Still For Hill,

    Barack did exactly what he should have done. Why take 85 million for the entire campaign, when you can raise much much more in one month? It doesn't make sense. He took the money and did exactly what we wanted him to do, spend it on his campaign. We are proud that our money was not waisted, but well spent.

    Don't hate, celebrate.

    Too bad John couldn't have been as wise with his campaign. He's rich because of his wife, and he's inept because he's never been challenged in an election, except the one he lost Karl Rove.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 30, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  22. Fred

    No third (3rd) Term for McBush!!!!

    October 30, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  23. JJ

    I'm glad they're standing down for right now. The last thing we need is to have lawsuits before the election.. It's too distracting. People need to focus on voting. Not what who may get sued.

    October 30, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  24. sabuc for Obama

    Thank you NAACP!!!

    October 30, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. Nancy Indiana

    I hope the Republicans are not allowed to perform voter fraud this November. If McCain wins you will know cheating was involved.

    October 30, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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