November 4th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Elderly, disabled to get assistance in VA

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Former Virginia Gov. and Senate candidate Mark Warner greets an elderly voter at a polling place in Alexandria, VA Tuesday."]
(CNN) - In response to a complaint to the CNN Voter Hotline, the Virginia Board of Elections is directing polling stations to assist elderly and disabled voters, according to the board's Mike Litterst. He said Virginia Secretary of State Nancy Rodriguez has sent an email to state registrars that the stations are obligated to assist those individuals.

Chesapeake is reporting few technical problems in any of its 53 voting sites, a Chesapeake City support technician told CNN. He said the voting machines are user friendly, even for the elderly and disabled, and poll workers are certified to adjust any machine to assist voters.

The state election board spokesman said in the event the machines are down, paper ballots would be offered. Litterst could not confirm the caller's claims that there was no one to help the elderly and disabled but said measures have been taken to ensure that those voters are being treated fairly.

Filed under: Virginia • Voter Problems
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  1. Dawn

    My husband and I voted this morning and their was an elderly couple in front of us, she waited until she was close to the door and asked us if it was alright to retrieved her husband in a wheel chair. It is hard for them to vote and they even brought the touchscreen down to him.

    There was not a long line when we got there, but when we left there was....

    So I voted for Obama/.Biden.

    November 4, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Elizabeth

    I'm in Richmond , Virginia, and though I did have a very long wait the elderly and disabled I saw were treated very well. Poll workers came out regularly to announce that anybody over 65, disabled or pregnant could come wait in the cafeteria, where they could sit down. They also walked around offering folding chairs to others waiting in line and helped older people negotiate the stairs in front of the (older, not up to ADA code) school.

    November 4, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. Maria from PA

    In response to Stu Padaso Do we really want the elderly and disabled voting?

    Yes, WE DO, otherwise McCain could not cast a ballot

    My sister and son both have a disability and both went out and voted today. Being elderly and or having a disability has nothing to do with their ability to rationize that McCain/Palin would be disaster for this country. They voted for someone who can bring hope someone who is looking to reunite this country after 8 years of fear and smear from the GOP

    November 4, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. donna smith

    this should not even be a discussion., Let the old people fo to the front of the line.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. maryo

    I have called st.louis board of ellections for help as AM TRYING TO FIGURE out how to vote today. my absentee ballot did not show up. i have called for help to get there, but no one picks up the phone. i use a wheelchair and can't make the distance.
    obAma money is paying for taxi cabs to get to the polls, but they are not accessable. i used to work elections, so they know i am republican. no ballot and no way to get to polls.but, i will figure something out. i have voted each ellection since i was 18. no time to stp now. this stinks.

    November 4, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. Sarge in Florida

    Just to let you folks around the country that South Florida is having problems already with the new voting machines and voters who have been voting in their precincts have been told today that their precincts have been changed after they have waited several hours in line. Most of these have been in black areas of town .Sounds like voter suppression again to me. This folks had friends or took public transportation to get to the site....Machines not accepting their ballots because certain a amendment was on the ballot twice. One polling location told a local new station that if "someone was concerned that their voted would not be counted because a the scanner went down that they, "the election clerk would call them and that they could return back to the location to see their ballot being scanned this evening". I thought that voting was private? How are they going to call a voter and ask them to watch their ballot be counted? Since when is your ballot attached to your name?

    November 4, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. ashenafi

    vote obama vote obama vote obama vote obama vote obama

    November 4, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |

    GARY November 4th, 2008 12:29 pm ET


    shut up already. the McCain/Palin rallies are over so get to your KKK meeting some other way.


    November 4, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. Wake-up

    Posted by obama-rocks

    The elderly should be voting for Obama, that way, like the rest of us they won't have to worry about paying their mortgage or any other bills. The government will take care of your every need when Obama is elected. I can't wait to stand in line for my Government cheese. All Hail OBAMA!!

    God help you. Boy, are you naive.....

    November 4, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |


    The Obama supporters don't really care.
    All they listen to is Obama speeches.
    If they did any research on Obama and really see who this man is they would not vote for him.

    Gary your correct on everything you posted.
    America as we know it will change to the bad.
    Obama supporters want change and I understand that but Obama is not good change.

    I just hope that Obama doesn't destroy the world

    Please pray!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. Rod

    Choose life. folks. Which party supports the rights of the unborn? Which party believes in individual freedom? Which party believes the government works for YOU, not you working for the government.

    Our founding fathers would not believe how some Americans have been so lied to.

    I voted McCain/Palin and I do so for the future of my children.

    November 4, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. Bob

    As Americans and as a Country we have a responsibility to come TOGETHER after this for the sake of All. The World is watching.

    One Choice !!

    November 4, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. Justin

    I grew up in VA and now live in California. I have long been disappointed in Virginia and VA politics and moved away from the state for their good ol' boy politics and disdain for gays. For the first time since birth I am proud to call VA home.

    November 4, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. B4REAL

    Regradless of who wins, this country will still need an abundance of the one thing it was founded upon. PRAYER.

    November 4, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. tulsa

    NICE TRY. We don't buy your line of crap for a minute.
    You Republican idiots should get it through your head that dirty tricks are what we will reject in this election.
    I swear that these Rovian tactics and smears are what have brought this Country to it's knees.
    Anyone who would do such things should be tried for treason.

    November 4, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. Connie from Indiana

    I was hoping to see pictures of JOE the plumber voting , LOL, is he even registered ?VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN
    Connie from Indiana

    November 4, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. Frank Fatcherman

    I think after you reach a certain age the old should be collected and have their bodies rendered down into usable chemicals for use in industry and agriculture.

    November 4, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. Michael in Houston

    I think Gary needs a little anger management, either that or his copy/paste rights removed from his computer. Gary, I have helped a few McCain supporters this morning and I will help you. Now on the count of three say it with me 1............2................3.............President Obama. Now see, don't you feel betcha (wink). Now to the topic: if you are in line and you see a disabled or elderly person and you don't let them in front of are an idiot, a moran, an a– okay you get point.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    November 4, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Melissa

    I went to vote in Norfolk, VA at 6 AM, on crutches with a badly strained LCL and no pain killers, since I was driving myself. Everybody was very confused with what to do with me for a while. I ended up standing out in the rain that way (and boy are umbrellas hard to hold on crutches) for about 45 min. Finally, someone found the gentleman in charge of the polling place, and he ushered me up to the front of the line (which as thankfully indoors). All of the poll workers were great, offering me chairs and holding my stuff so I could negotiate the crutches and the touch screen. I'm happy for my fellow VA voters that they have cleared things up, so those is my situation, and the many that I am sure have bigger troubles getting around today, can both vote and do what they must for my health. My knee is extra sore now, but it's worth it. As I told one of the super-kind poll-workers, a whole lot of people worked lond and hard and even put their lives on the line so that I could have the right to vote, so I wasn't about to whine about a knee injury, I was just happy to exercise my right 🙂
    PS: Thanks to the poll workers at the ODU/Larchmont precinct in Norfolk ! (And of course to poll workers everywhere, without you we would be lost today)

    November 4, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. KLEE

    Nice to see that there is civility (?word) at the polling booths towards folks that need help (no matter what their politics) – that's what we need in this country – keep moving forward – It was very nice and civilized at my polling place here in South Carolina & a beautiful day for a REAL CHANGE!!

    November 4, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. Anti-Socialist

    I can't believe that this could even be an issue! I have a disability, but does that affect the right that I have to choose the next president of my country? We live in AMERICA, people. Freedom of speech, freedom of choice of my next president. Clearly, my mind is sound, yet my body is injured.
    And for those who recommended an IQ test for voters....well, then, the Democratic party would simply fail to exist!
    McCain-Palin '08!!

    November 4, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. Cincinnati Mama 4 Obama

    I agree that this shouldn't even be a discussion. I voted early on Saturday and waited in line for 4 hours. I would gladly and without hesitation let the elderly or disabled ahead of me. We speak of this great nation but we have a hard time showing it!

    November 4, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. Stan

    I agree with Frank Fatcherman, hopefully when Obama wins he will look at making this a new policy. Vote Obama!!

    November 4, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. 47yo male for McCain

    It should be that way at every Poll nation wide.

    November 4, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. Melissa

    People, can we keep the comments to the issue at hand. I know we are all super-excited about the election and our own personal issues of choice, but I had to scroll 3/4 of the way down the page to read a post that was relevant to the article, aside from my own that is.

    November 4, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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