Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
7 days until Election Day.
The NAACP and Advancement Project have sued the VA Governor and the state’s top election officials for failing to provide enough resources to accommodate expected record turnout next week. The suit claims the state is in violation of the US and state constitutions and that a failure to fairly distribute voting machines, poll workers and polling places will result in long-lines in some neighborhoods. The suit asks the state to move voting machines to precincts most like to have long lines; keep polls open longer and to use paper ballots in some cases.
Also this morning is the revelation that some Georgia polling places have had lines with as long as 8 hours waiting time due to their voter registration data base being slow. The state claims that the problem is the turnout but that explanation does not make sense in the real world. The number of poll site computers feeding into the central data base computer dictates how fast that system is; not the number of voters. On election day there will be many, many more poll site computers all feeding into the central computer at the same time. Things will probably get much, much slower and lines will grow longer....