Virginia NAACP Sues Gov. Kaine Over Election Readiness

The Virginia NAACP sued Gov. Tim Kaine on Monday, arguing that the state failed to prepare for an unprecedented turnout of voters in next week's presidential election.

The complaint, filed late Monday in U.S. District Court in Richmond, alleges that with record increases in voter registration, the state failed to provide enough polling places.

It asks the court to put the federal government in charge of the election in Virginia, to reallocate voting machines to precincts most likely to have long waiting lines and to keep polls open for an additional two hours.

Virginia has enough poll workers and voting machines to handle the election, Kaine said. The state has 4,600 more voting machines than during the 2004 presidential election and 30,000 poll workers, 10,000 more than four years ago, Kaine said on his monthly call-in show on WTOP radio.

While there will be lines at polling places, the State Board of Elections is committed to counting every ballot, Kaine said.

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