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Wilder Asks Kaine to Extend Polling Hours

Anita Kumar

Richmond Mayor L. Douglas Wilder asked Gov. Timothy M. Kaine on Wednesday to extend polling hours on Election Day.

Wilder, a former governor, requested that polls remain open for three extra hours to 10 p.m. in certain areas of the state where historic levels of voter turnout are expected.

"By all accounts, the presidential election of 2008 is expected to generate historic turnout, not only because of the significance of the race - the country's opportunity to elect the first African-American president or the first woman to hold the office of vice-president - but also due to the record increase in voter registration," said Wilder, the nation's first elected black governor and a strong supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Kaine said yesterday on his monthly call-in show on WTOP radio that he has no authority to extend the polling hours.

The Virginia NAACP sued Kaine and Virginia's top election officials Monday, asking a judge to force the state to move voting machines to precincts most likely to have long waiting lines; keep polls open for an extra two hours; and use paper ballots in some cases.

By Anita Kumar  |  October 29, 2008; 2:36 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , Election 2008/President , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Bring suit NOW against the VA secretary of State to force the polls open for 24 hrs!

Posted by: onestring | October 29, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

By all means go to your local election office if you can and ask to vote absentee. It can be fast (relatively), your vote will be counted, and it will cut down the wait time for others on election day.

Posted by: lpryluck1 | October 29, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

how many d.c. and maryland residents will the dems vote in all three, maryland, d.c and virginia...
put the voting records on the internet and let us see how many violated our rights to a vote...

Posted by: DwightHCollins | October 29, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Typical Wilder. Did nothing about this when he was governor, then waits until one week before the election to raise the issue.

Posted by: drschnee | October 29, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Early voting needs to be abolished, registration 30 days before Election Day and a driver's license or some other positive ID needs to be presented and should be made mandatory to prevent fraud. There is a reason why they call it Election Day.

People who work at the polls have lives, too. They receive minimum renumeration for the tireless effort they perform.

If people are too lazy to vote on Election Day or have plans during that week, let them exercise the power of the absentee ballot.

As far as having the polls stay open later, get on-line before the polling places close. If your on-line, they can't close the polls until you've voted.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | October 29, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Jeremiah Wright - Obama's "pastor" ("God damn America!", "America invented
the Aids virus to kill people of color!"), Obama campaign's "Spiritual Advisor"

Louis Farrakhan - Head of "Black Muslim" church, "Lifetime Achievement Award"
from Obama's "church"

"Father" Phleger - White clone of Wright, also connected to Obama

Tony Rezko - Obama benefactor ($1.6 million, iffy real estate deals), convicted criminal

William Ayers & Bernadine Dohrne - Founded "Weathermen", Bombed Capital
and Pentagon, some Weathermen bombs killed people, Ayers said in 2004
he wished they had done more bombing, photographed trampling American
Flag underfoot and grinning, (Obama's friends, worked together on committees,
Obama declared his Senate candidacy from Ayers living room)
(Obama says he "thought Ayers had been rehabilitated."!)

Rashid Khalidi - PLO connections, anti-Israel, friend of Obama's, Ayers and Dohrne

Mazen Asbahi - Hamas connections (was Obama's "Islamic Advisor", had to quit
when found out.)

Obama - FOR Partial-Birth Abortion, AGAINST the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act,
(which protects babies that survive an abortion attempt from being killed or left
to die!)
Stated that mothers should have a period of time after a baby is born to decide
if they want it killed! Doesn't want his daughters "punished with a baby".
Painted over the American Flags on his campaign plane
Worked for ACORN as lawyer and trainer, gave them $800,000 recently
Very short experience, very little accomplishment
Most liberal Senator or Representative there is
Voted with party 97.5% of the time, no record of "Working Across the Aisle"
FOR "Wealth Redistribution"/Socialism

And you don't think there's "Reasonable Doubt" about him?

Posted by: lightnin001 | October 29, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

hey, lightnin001 you just regurgitated every palin rally soundbtye that has hit the air. Have you considered actually checking some of that garbage? I don't have the time to address your rally laundry list but just a few:
1) be careful bringing up Rashid Khalidi if you don't want to embarrass McCain. During the 1990s, while he served as chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), McCain distributed several grants to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi, including one worth half a million dollars.

A 1998 tax filing for the McCain-led group shows a $448,873 grant to Khalidi's Center for Palestine Research and Studies for work in the West Bank.

2) ACORN again...did you know that John McCain gave Keynote Speech at ACORN convention in 2006? See for yourself:

Now. Do us all a favor and start factchecking the smear you hear.

Posted by: boomerbaby54 | October 30, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Why can't Tim Kaine extend the polling hours? Why does it take a federal judge to issue the order? I thought states were responsible for regulating elections? Somebody please help me out?

Posted by: seschool | October 31, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

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