November 3rd, 2008
06:50 PM ET
14 years ago

Misleading calls in Virginia caused by computer glitch

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Officials from the Virginia State Board of Elections said a computer glitch gave people the wrong information."](CNN) – Sometimes what seems like a political “dirty trick” is just a simple mistake.

The Virginia State of Board Elections issued a “Rumor Buster” press release Monday in response to reports of misleading robo-calls from multiple locations across the state.

But it turns out that the misinformation was just an accident caused by a computer glitch. “The technology, God bless technology, was incorrectly giving people their polling precincts,” Jean Cunningham, chair of the Virginia State Board of Elections, told CNN Monday. “Highly sophisticated software that went amok.”

Cunningham also told CNN that, in addition to the “Rumor Buster,” corrective phone calls were being made to everyone who received one of the incorrect automated calls.

If you live in Virginia, click here to search for your polling place on the state board’s Web site.

CNN will be tracking voter problems through Election Day. If you have a problem or see a problem, call the CNN Voter Hotline at 877-462-6608. See what issues are a concern in each state by clicking on the interactive Hotline map at

Filed under: Virginia • Voter Problems
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. KenB, MI

    ...and sometimes simple mistakes are big dirty tricks.

    November 3, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  2. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE

    YEA right............betcha that darn computer made a mistake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 3, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  3. Camden from mt

    Our way of voting is a joke.... *sarcasm off*

    November 3, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  4. Palin's going Rogue

    Virginia GOP is easily promoting voter suppression on minorities. This is a sad day in our democracy.

    November 3, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  5. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Virginia is the new Florida. Most likely state for a recount.

    November 3, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. truthsayer

    NOT THIS TIME!!!!!

    November 3, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  7. November Surprise

    Virginia is the new Florida

    November 3, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  8. SFC Drennan

    how many repubs, got that mistake call?????

    November 3, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  9. November Surprise

    Any chance the incorrect precincts were in the Hampton Roads area?

    November 3, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  10. Cathy

    Computers don't make glitches. People program computers to do exactly what they want them to do. If you can't win on issues, try suppressing votes. "Republicans against Democracy" would make a great bumper sticker.

    November 3, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  11. Sharon, TX

    P.S. I was making these calls to VA just this evening....

    November 3, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  12. Barbara P.

    I was once told computers don't make mistakes its the people that program them that make the mistakes.

    November 3, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  13. Voted for OBAMA on Tuesday in Louisiana

    It's just too hard to trust any glitch or errored info right now... If enough Obama supporters vote we won't have to worry about repubs trying to 'glitch' out a few... I hope with all my soul that Obama wins 2morrow! Get out and vote.

    November 3, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  14. Gary

    Another ooops, just like the flyers saying Dems vote on Wednesday.
    These guys just don't quit.

    November 3, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  15. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    ...and who was behind the "computer glitch?"

    November 3, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  16. C in MT

    These calls were placed in Ohio AND NOW VIRGINIA??? O.o

    Somebody better be going to prison over this. The sanctity of the vote must not be disgraced.


    November 3, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  17. George

    Obama-Please stop your attacks, lies, and worse more; you're pandering.

    This is outrageous.

    Be nobel and face it–you might actually lose!!!

    You're arrogant, invinsibility behavior is yet another reason why you do not deserve our support.

    I'm voting for
    2008 !!!

    November 3, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  18. Eileen from Maine

    Funny how those mistakes only go to Democratic leaning neighborhoods??

    November 3, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  19. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    November 3, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  20. Roger from CA

    Folks: It is a pretty good rule of thumb to discount ANY information given to you unsolicited. This is true of telemarketers, as well as politicos trying to be "helpful."

    I'm sure that, at this point, there are AT LEAST phone numbers YOU CAN CALL to find out when and where to vote, and probably all or almost all jurisdictions have web sites for the local elections officials that can give you that information.

    Always a good idea for you to reach out for that information yourself, so that you KNOW that the information is LEGIT

    November 3, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  21. Steve

    Hey George! (The one who sent the note on November 3rd, 2008 10:06 pm ET.) Your last name isn't Bush is it?

    November 3, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  22. quinton

    Here we go again...

    November 4, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |