November 4th, 2008
08:03 PM ET
13 years ago

Virginia investigates alleged suppression

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - At least three cases of possible voter suppression at election sites around Virginia will be investigated by state police, according to Virginia election officials.

The cases were reported in the city of Richmond, Fairfax County and Fauquier County, according to Nancy Rodrigues, Virginia's executive secretary of the Board of Elections.

In once case she said the "over presentation of law enforcement" at one polling location was called in. In another case someone was playing a recording of right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh loud enough to violate the no campaigning within 300 feet of a voting location.

"We are working very closely with local and state police to investigate these allegations," Rodrigues said during a press conference in Richmond Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the election board said they could not say what the third incident was and could not comment further on the cases, only saying that investigations are underway on all three incidents.

Filed under: Virginia • Voter Problems
soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. BC

    Ever think that a certain party paid some people to stand there and pretend they were Black Panthers? White people are voting for Obama, too, so it's a stupid idea. Which is typical of a certain party.

    November 4, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  2. ladyrayven72

    Guys it is not only African Americans voting for Obama guess what gasp I am white and I think his politics are very compelling .

    November 4, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  3. George

    Too much law enforcement at a polling place? The only people that should be scared are criminals. That is obsurd that law enforcement presence is a suppression issue.

    November 4, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    how can anyone say this is not a "race thing?" Ironically, this election has segregated and divided this country more than ever before.

    November 4, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  5. 1luv1nation

    I hope this nation can come together as one. We are all connected...If we all look deep in our family tree. No one is 100% of anything. ONE RACE...HUMAN

    November 4, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  6. Yomammy

    To the person who said "what about leaving your racial prejudices aside' ... are you going to pretend that a very large part of this presidential election is NOT racially charged? If you believe so, your head is clearly in the sand.

    November 4, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  7. Martin in Oklahoma

    How is America racist if McCain wins? Is America racist for not electing Jesse Jackson President in the 80's? Is America racist for electing Clinton twice? He's a white guy just like McCain. On topic now, the alleged suppression sounds like some dudes without a job and nothing to do.

    November 4, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  8. Concur

    Indeed, I believe that such a situation would be threatening no matter what race or ethnicity. I hope the story will not be "supressed".

    November 4, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  9. Hmmmm

    I don't think I'll ever understand the party fanatics in BOTH parties. My confusion is not biased.

    November 4, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  10. anonymous

    Get with it people black panthers don't exist anymore!! And the people in virginia supressing voters were probably mad racist white people!! Lol give it up people obama is our president! Sounds good huh

    November 4, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  11. Texas Teacher

    You GO, Tami! Exactly... doesn't matter which side you're on, everyone deserves the right to vote their choice!

    Go Obama.... one exciting night in Texas!!

    November 4, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  12. John Q Cynic

    It's typical for republicans to use a sloppy has been, aka Rush Limbaugh to pollute the air at the election site. It goes to show Americans what kind of trash is voting republican. If you haven't voted yet, and your a democrat, get to your polling station before your chance is gone.

    November 4, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  13. Angie

    Hey, Mr. "Nobama" said we won't enjoy the next ride. Have you enjoyed the last 8 years of "Mr. Toad's wild ride"???
    The next President has his work cut out for him. We don't even know the half of the mess/problems/deficit/lies/etc. of the last 8 years!!
    Good Luck to the next President and the American public!

    November 4, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  14. lee75

    I want someone arrested and put in jail. I am tired of this nonsense.

    November 4, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
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