Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Virginia Faces Lawsuit Over Election

The Washington Post is reporting that the Virginia NAACP is suing "Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) and Virginia's top election officials . . . accusing them of failing to provide enough resources to accommodate expected record turnout during next week's election."
The lawsuit claims that the state is violating the U.S. and Virginia constitutions by not allocating enough voting machines, poll workers and polling places -- particularly in precincts with high minority populations -- which could result in long lines and lost votes.

The Advancement Project, a national voter protection group, filed the lawsuit late Monday in U.S. District Court in Richmond on the NAACP's behalf. It asks the state to move voting machines to precincts most likely to have long waiting lines; keep polls open for an extra two hours; and use paper ballots in some cases.

The Commonwealth of Virginia is denying the allegations:
In a lengthy statement released late Monday night, the State Board of Elections maintained that all localities are complying with the minimum number of voting machines and voting booths in each precinct as required by state code. Since 2004, the number of voting machines, polling places and workers has increased, according to the statement. For example, the number of voting machines has increased from about 5,700 in 2004 to about 10,600 in 2008.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Court: Flagged Voters May Vote

This just in from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

The state of Georgia must allow persons whose citizenship has been questioned in a new voter verification system the opportunity to cast a ballot in the Nov. 4 elections, a three-judge court ruled Monday.

The court also ordered Secretary of State Karen Handel to “make diligent and immediate efforts to notify, in a uniform manner, every person whose voter registration presently remains flagged.” Those voters must be told that they can vote by a “challenged ballot,” if necessary, and that there is a discrepancy in the voters’ registration information, the court said.

The ruling was issued by Judge Stanley Birch of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. District Court judges Jack Camp and Bill Duffey.