Groups Urge State Employees To Work at Polls
Leaders of three national groups sent a letter to Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), urging him to assign all "non-essential public employees" to work at the polls on Election Day.
"Adequate staffing can mean the difference between a demonstrably fair election, or questions and challenges about the validity of the results,'' they said in a letter signed by leaders of Change to Win, a coalition of unions, People for the American Way, a progressive advocacy group, and the Sierra Club.
Kaine spokesman Gordon Hickey said the governor was not assigning state workers to the polls, but has "encouraged those who can take the day off to volunteer at the polls."
Elections officials across the state are reporting long lines this week for those who want to vote by absentee ballot. Voters were waiting two hours this morning to vote today at Richmond City Hall. Lines are expected to worsen tomorrow, the last day of absentee voting, and on Tuesday.
Later today, Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell (R) will issue a statement urging companies to be lenient with employees who are late to work on Election Day because of the long lines at the polls.
October 31, 2008; 10:27 AM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar , Election 2008/President , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine
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