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The civil rights group has withdrawn its request for a preliminary injunction that would have required the federal government to step in and take over administration of next week’s election -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The request for federal intervention was withdrawn after Virginia state officials provided new information about its preparations for what is expected to be record turnout across the state next Tuesday.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

    HEY CARRIBOU BARBIE, WHERES JOE?????? probally at OBAMAS RALLY !!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. nick

    After all the recrimination and divisiveness how do these candidates hope to heal and reunite the country. There are many who are so polarized that they will work against one or the other platform to ensure that they are not successful. Secession anyone?

    October 30, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. Alexandria

    I am Black and I am tired of the NAACP they only come around when it is politically good for them. Why don't they rais concerns about graduation rates or the amount of black and hispanic men in prison? Because it doesn't help them politically. I'm over it if the systems don't work it affects everybody not just black people why can't they just come out and for once defend everybody last time I checked white was a color too.

    October 30, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. sick n tired

    How is it that we can create all this useless technology(IPODS,IPHONE,BLACKBERRY,CAMERAPHONE,ECT.) But cant come up with a voting machine that works worth beans? HUH? anyone care to answer that one?

    October 30, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. OldUncleTom

    Who would have thought, 40 years or so ago, that we would once again be sporting "BETTER DEAD THAN RED" bumper stickers?

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    October 30, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. Blue By You

    Stay on them in VA, NAACP. VA could be the key to it all!

    October 30, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Pancho

    Conservatives have recently had a strategy of challenging voters in districts that typically vote for Democrats. Light turnouts usually favor Conservative candidates because Conservatives are more likely to vote. Would a county official try to influence an election by putting fewer voting machines in the areas where the opposition is strong?

    I think they would. In my home county of El Paso, county officials have been indicted for taking bribes from contractors, fixing bids, etc. An elected official who would do that would probably try to fix an election as well. In another case, people in El Paso County were charged with selling votes. In this case, elderly people asked for absentee ballots by mail, which they sold to a scoundrel who filled them out and mailed them in.

    Where corruption is possible, there corruption will be found. Personally, I believe that anyone who tries to rig an election is guilty of treason and should spend quite a few years in the slammer.

    October 30, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. mike

    Yes, and the NAAWP is filing an injunction to make sure all white voters are not disenfranchised...and race doesn't play into the election-yeah,right.

    October 30, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE

    Will Palin STOP looking forward to her LOSE for the Repubs party in "12" and take the time to get the scope of the LAST 26 yrs. of questionable ACTIONS of Senate McCain FIRST, before she hollow about Obama?????

    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

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 30, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. God sent him

    If they hate their half brother so much. Can u imagine if he was 100 % black. He would'nt be nominated as the democratic leader. Hope this will be a fair election.

    October 30, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. David

    Once again the old suppression attempt. Good the NAACP threatened a lawsuit to make the state do the right thing. It should not have to come to that, since everyone claims they want all eligible voters to vote. I can pnly hope on election day there are no significant issues with everyone getting a chance to vote, but this may be wishful thinking. We all remember 2000 and 2004. This election should be better than the otehrs. Makes one wonder how were votes being counted before the 2000 election.

    October 30, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  12. Ken

    This is just another Obama trick to make sure that he has plenty of time to try and get any available vote. Obama and the NAACP are running scared now because they know that Obama is NOT going to make it.

    Obama is NOT the right person to bring us out of the mess that Bush got us into. McCain/Palin are the right ones, for they have the talent, skills, knowledge and experience to get it done.

    Obama nor Biden have any executive experience so they would still be trying to figure out what the job is about. NO "OJT" PRESIDENT!

    NOBAMA 2008

    McCain/Palin 2008

    October 30, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. mitch

    when we are finished voting republicans out of office then we can start making certain everyone gets the chance to vote.

    October 30, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. chris

    i hope that palin and McCain can live with them self when this is all over, GOD dont like ugley.......

    October 30, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. AirDiva in NC for OBAMA

    This just gets funnier and funnier!!!
    First JtP doesn't show up, and now it's being reported that McCain had to bus in nearly 4000 school kids to his rally today. Seriously?!?! Did they have permission slips from the parents? So much for his "stance" on education, huh?

    October 30, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. mike

    "Registration fraud is different than voting fraud". Are you serious?
    That's like saying it's not stealing because I put mechandise in my bag but never left the store. Last time I checked, fraud was still illegal-no matter how you slice it.

    October 30, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. hurriCAIN PALIN

    thx naacp

    October 30, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. Frankie

    Do I ever feel sorry for America. I have never seen such a dirty campaign in my whole life. McCain is the dirtiest person and would even not deserve the title of Senator if it where me who would decide. I wish the President could have the power of firing Senators. As president, it would be my very first move. When you watch him in rallies, you can observe his bimbo behind him smiling to every dirty thing he says. Can you just imagine of having that for first lady? For me, listening to him or to his screechy voiced stupid Vice President Sarah...is a punishment. Thank God there's only 5 days left.
    I'm more than ready to welcome the new President OBAMA!

    October 30, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. jrzshor

    what arrogance

    October 30, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. LYNETTE IN CA

    Get it together VA!!!

    October 30, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. Obama and Fraud

    With the help of ACORN, 45 million blacks will vote this year even though there are only 13 million eligible to vote in the whole country.

    October 30, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. susie

    Obama will pay to bus in voters to Ohio. It will be called, " Park Bench Voters". Like Mom always said, "you hang around with people who are like you." Obama had some radical friends in his life.

    October 30, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. Dallas, TX

    This race is far from OVER!

    Don't count your chickens before they hatch!

    American needs McCain/Palin 2008!

    October 30, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  24. KC

    I voted for Gore when I lived in Fl. MY VOTE DIDNT COUNT!! My vote will THIS TIME and I am going to photograph my vote for Obama with my cell phone and urge all of you to do the same. It has now come down to a total lack of trust in THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. NO 2000!!

    October 30, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. wethepeople

    sorry if this posts twice, my post seemed to disappear..

    Why is Palin's picture on this story?

    McCain/Palin are calling Obama a socialist. As I sat in church this morning one parable came to mind. When the rich man asked Jesus how he could get to heaven, Jesus told him to sell everything he had and give the money to the poor....OMG!! Jesus was a SOCIALIST!

    October 30, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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