Federal Judge Shoots Down NAACP Lawsuit in Virginia
Washington Post-RICHMOND, VA-Judge Richard Williams in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed a lawsuit filed by the NAACP against Governor Tim Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, over the lack of polling machines and paper ballot back-ups in black-dominated precincts and asking for longer poll hours.
Senior Federal Judge Richard Williams refused to order longer voting hours in Virginia and reallocation of voting machines to minority dominated precincts in some localities over projected record turnout in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The changes were sought by the NAACP on the eve of an Election Day that is expected to produce unprecedented turnout in Virginia, a battleground state in the presidential election. The NAACP pulled a previous lawsuit early last week on the advice of its attorneys.
Judge Williams listened to arguments from the staff attorneys representing the NAACP, but didn't even hear from lawyers representing Virginia before denying a motion for a preliminary injunction today. However, the judge did order the State Board of Elections to publicize the availability of curbside voting for older or disabled voters, along with the fact that people in line by the 7 PM poll closing time will be allowed to vote.