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The civil rights group has withdrawn its request for a preliminary injunction that would have required the federal government to step in and take over administration of next week’s election -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The request for federal intervention was withdrawn after Virginia state officials provided new information about its preparations for what is expected to be record turnout across the state next Tuesday.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

    MR. CANADA

    Don't be jealous you can take Obama to Canada any time at no cost so you can have a big house.

    October 30, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Bill

    Yes, we must make sure the affirmative action candidate gets all his fraudulent votes counted. Fraudulent votes, biased media and an uneducated populace create the perfect storm for electing a radical marxist. Bye Bye Miss American Pie.

    October 30, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Reply to Fred

    If Obama gets elected there may be more states wishing to secede.

    October 30, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. A citizen of the world.

    21st-century and their US can still not guarantee a fair election and a 100% fair vote count.
    21st-century and the US citizens still have to worry about election fraud.
    The US should stop trying to tell other countries how to run fair elections since they cannot run their own.
    This would be a big joke if it wasn't so serious and so sad.

    October 30, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. Margaret Jones

    Since Sarah Palin likes Joe the plumber so much she should appoint him to the senate in place of the disgraced senator.

    October 30, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Commonwealth of Virginia

    Hey Dave,

    I'm not sure where you're from, but things get done by the book here buddy. Voter registration fraud is completely different than voter fraud. If there is anyone we need to keep an eye on, it's these latte' sipping right wingers trying to purge registered voters vote.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 30, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. Michael watching from Canada

    What irony?

    McCain complains that Obama refused to take Public Funding (which I am to understand is taxpayer money).

    So McCain takes taxpayer money to support his campaign (Obama does not) and then McCain calls Obama a socialist!!

    October 30, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. Praetorian

    Another organization we might do without.
    What color people do they represent?

    October 30, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. John W.

    John to Goerge, John to George. They are onto us. They are making sure that those incidents in Florida and Ohio don't happen again.

    October 30, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. Kevin

    I'm not quite sure what the NAACP has to do with this..

    October 30, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. John the Gulf War Vet

    Senator McCain you are no hero, you are a terrorist.

    Your campaign advisor was a Saddam Hussein lobbyist for 5 years.
    You pal around with Gordon Liddy, domestic terrorist.
    You are a member of "The Project for a New American Century" – a radical extremist terrorist orginization.
    Your VP candidate's husband Todd Palin is a domestic terrorist in the Alaskan Independence Party.
    You have given $500,000 to PLO, a group that McCain himself says are terrorists.
    You have met with Chilean Dictator Pinochet, a terrorist.
    Your using FOX NEWS, the Bush Administration, The Justice Department to commit voter intimidation & suppression is a act of terrorism.

    John McCain you are a disgrace to your uniform

    October 30, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. to VW

    Palin has more experience said 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.

    I'm sure you thought freeing the slaves was a joke as well, actually if you take a good look at your candidates, they are a joke, Mr. no show joe the fake plummer. This is a new time!

    (GO OBAMA)

    October 30, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. TJ Johnson

    Racist activities! NAACP stood down only because they might anger some Obama supporters. NAACP does not care for truth - only for Black Power. Totally un-American, I say.

    October 30, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. to Palin has more exp.

    actually your candidate is a joke, look at Joe the fake plummer.

    this is a new time, I'm sure cnn will not post this comment as well.

    October 30, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. Woman for Obama

    I am glad Obama took money for his campain from the public, everyone wanted to help, he didnt force us or put fear into us!!! Mccain however has done nothing but put fear and hate in his sapporters. Shame on Mccain!!!! Vote Obama

    October 30, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. Liberated!

    I think you should pursue it NAACP.....can't leave anything to chance with these theiving Repugnants!

    October 30, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. g canada

    can't wait till its over hope you can put all the hate back in the closet

    October 30, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. ralph

    Maybe it would be better to ban all political parties and have everyone run as independents. Political parties have only kept America divided. I fear the GOP and DEMs will one day destroy each other and take the rest of america with it.

    October 30, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Stone Harry

    They are preparing to go ballistic when John McCain pulls off Virginia! Come on Virginia! Let's shake it up for John McCain! Are'nt you people the patriots like your forefathers?

    October 30, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. John the Gulf War Vet

    Senator McCain you are no hero, you are in fact a terrorist.

    Your campaign advisor & "Transition Chief" William Timmons was a Saddam Hussein lobbyist for 5 years.
    You pal around with Gordon Liddy, domestic terrorist.
    You are a member of "The Project for a New American Century" – a radical extremist terrorist orginization.
    Your VP candidate's husband Todd Palin is a domestic terrorist in the Alaskan Independence Party.
    You have given $500,000 to Rashid Khalidi & the PLO
    , a group that McCain himself says are terrorists.
    You have met with Chilean Dictator Pinochet, a terrorist.
    You're coordinated effort to use FOX NEWS, the Bush Administration, your campaign, Sarah Palin, and The Justice Department to commit voter fraud, voter intimidation, & voter suppression is an act of terrorism.

    John McCain you are a disgrace to your uniform.

    October 30, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. PeopleVOTE

    I am glad some one is standing to the cheating republicans they stole the election from Al Gore we are not going to let them cheat us the second time as the saying goes fool me shame on you fool me twice shame on me. Not this time Democrats watch for you vote.

    October 30, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  22. indepdentvoter10

    I'm just glad this woman left Pennsylvania. STAY AWAY PALIN, we have had enough of you.

    October 30, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. Texas Trail Dog!

    HERE YOU ARE WHY NOT JUST GIVE THIS ELECTION TO OBAMA. THEY WANT THAT WHOLE PIE AND THE PLATE TOO. IT WON'T HAPPEN. GIVE IT UP PEOPLE YOU HAVE AN UNWORTHY CANDIDATE AT THE WRONG TIME IN AMERICA.

    October 30, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. here we go

    Naacp this! Naacp that! are some of you bloggers afraid we will not get hood winked this time around. Keep hope alive!

    Go Obama.

    October 30, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. Touch of Reason

    Oh no! Sarah Palin's picture is on a political article! CNN, stop showing your obvious, sudden, right-wing bia...

    ARTICLE: "NAACP stands down over *Virginia*"
    CAPTION: "Gov. Sarah Palin campaigned in Fredericksburg, *Virginia* on Monday."

    ...oh, wait.

    Articles in CNN Politics filed under Obama: 3193
    Articles in CNN Politics filed under McCain: 2266
    But yeah....WHEW! Look at that sudden conservative bias here these past two days!

    PS to CNN: I think you made a smart move in being "above" a campaign purchasing your airtime. Perhaps one of the most noteworthy "neutral" decisisions that's been made this past year...

    October 30, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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