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Virginia Election Lawsuit Heads to Court

Federal judge will hear case hours before polls open

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    "We're seeing African-American voters turn out in huge numbers," said James Hicks of the Early Voting Information Center in Oregon.

    A lawsuit alleging that Virginia is unprepared for record voting turnout on Election Day will be heard in federal court hours before the polls open.

    The U.S. District Court in Richmond has agreed to hear the suit filed by the Virginia chapter of the NAACP Monday afternoon.

    The lawsuit asks that more voting machines be moved to minority polling places and paper ballots be provided if lines get too long.

    State Republicans plan to argue that changing voting procedures the day before the election will be disruptive, and could leave their candidates at an unfair disadvantage.

    A spokesperson for Governor Tim Kaine, who was named in the lawsuit, says the governor is confident that Virginia is prepared. 

    "I think that voters who are going to the polls on Election Day should go early and be prepared for the line, but we're not anticipating any kind of major problems," spokeswoman Delacey Skinner said.